Several ministers complained during the Council of Ministers on 12 July 2019 about critical MPs from coalition groups, including Pieter Omtzigt of the CDA and Helma Lodders of the VVD. D66 Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs took the lead in this, but he was supported by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, CDA Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance and D66 Deputy Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren.
Azarkan says: “They did not want to ask critical questions and they have tried everything, through others, to intimidate and muzzle them. Unsustainable ”, he says. And: “Incredibly sad that people in the Council of Ministers were not concerned with those duped parents, but with themselves, with saving their own skin,” he tweeted.
Marijnissen calls it „horrible to read that the Rutte cabinet was busier with hiding the cover up, than solving the woes of innocent parents in the allowance scandal. Because the House did not receive this information, the misery continued for longer. This cannot be justified. And to think that Mark Rutte therefore thinks that ‘nothing improper’ has happened. ”
The minutes state that any precedent effect can be broader than just for the Tax and Customs Administration and UWV and should be avoided as much as possible. Marijnissen calls that “unbelievable. So this is about people being destroyed. They don’t care. A lot to explain on Thursday. ” There is then a parliamentary debate on the matter.
Wilders states on Twitter that ‘the Chamber has been lied to’. “Criminalized innocent people. And Rutte, Koolmees, Hoekstra, Ollongren and others criticize MPs who do their work, want to raise awareness, silence and correct them. Kaag wants ‘frameworks’ for MPs. GET OUT!.”
Wilders also refers to the fact that CDA minister Ferd Grapperhaus offered in November 2019, together with minister Wopke Hoekstra (also CDA), to think about a way in which the cabinet could satisfy the House of Representatives without providing all the information about the benefits affair. provide what the House requested. Grapperhaus wondered whether State Secretary Menno Snel (D66) would otherwise get away with not fully informing the House. “You know what, says Grapperhaus to Snel, together with Hoekstra I think along with you how you can get away with it and pretend you have sent a statement of facts.”
Sylvana Simons of BIJ1 tweeted: “When reading the #minutes of the Council of Ministers on the #support scandal, I really just think: realize that these same people are now managing the corona pandemic …”
Great Tit: critical MPs never gagged
Outgoing minister Wouter Koolmees (D66) contradicts that the cabinet wanted to silence critical MPs from the coalition. “I and my colleagues have never said: you should keep your mouth shut, you should not ask critical questions,” he says in the Talkshow Op1. “We have asked people to take responsibility: help solve things.”
Not everyone had that priority, says Koolmees. “In mid-2019, we in the coalition were more concerned with catching each other’s flies than solving the problems,” he says. The minister calls himself ’emotional’ and ‘quite angry’. “Normally, those minutes remain confidential for 25 years. Because it must also be a confidential place to discuss these issues. ”