Little confidence in the new government, but also little understanding for Grote Wassink’s position.

Little confidence in the new government, but also little understanding for Grote Wassink’s position.

Participants in the AT5 committee have little confidence in the new government of PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB that will be on stage next Tuesday. But at the same time there is little understanding for the critical attitude of GroenLinks party chancellor Grote Wassink, who said in Het Parole on Tuesday that he wanted to work as little as possible with the new government, and would not even accept an invitation. from the minister of the Freedom Party. Marjolein Fabre. Something he carefully noted later in the week.


They are miles apart: the political views of the city of Amsterdam and those of a large part of the rest of the Netherlands. This is also evident from the research by the AT5 committee in which 1,700 Amsterdammers participated.

Nearly half of the committee members have no confidence in Schoof’s government. A quarter also indicate that they “do not have much confidence” in the new ministers. One committee member said: “There are many interested parties who have made promises that they cannot keep. This will cause discomfort.” Another believes that the plans may not be implemented. He added: “The plans are already vague in general terms, so the implementation will be very difficult.”

Completely different

What many committee members also question are the differences that the parties seem to have with each other, which also became clear during the formation process. “The four parties differ enormously in their vision. It can only get worse.”

But while one believes that these disputes will undoubtedly lead to the fall of the government, the other must ensure it. “The principles of the parties participating in the new government differ enormously, but I give them the benefit of the doubt,” responds a committee member.

Although only a quarter indicated that they had “a lot of confidence” or “a fair amount of confidence” in the Ministry of Finance, the AT5 panel also occasionally sounded positive about the new Ministry of Finance. The government was “democratically elected and should be given the opportunity to govern,” one member said. “They should not be ignored by the left-wing church.”

The difference lies in the city government

What is also contradictory is the form of the coalitions in Amsterdam and The Hague. While the PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB will be in charge at national level in the near future, the Amsterdam city council consists of the PvdA, GroenLinks and D66. However, this difference is seen less as a problem than confidence in the new government, and committee members rate the city council and the government roughly 50/50.

Some committee members fear that the new government will change too much in the city. “The fear is that less money will go to topics that are important to the suburb, such as culture and shelter,” reads one response. Another committee member also does not see the differences positively. “Everything Amsterdam stands for – tolerance, compassion and honesty – is under attack.”

Yet there are also voices that things will go well in Amsterdam. “Amsterdam will find ‘goat paths’ to maintain its own path,” says one committee member. Another thinks that the difference has always been there, so that it does not matter that much now. “Amsterdam has always been more left-wing than The Hague. We always had a different sound.”

Strong comments

One thing is certain: Amsterdam will also have to work with the new cabinet to realize its own plans. It remains to be seen exactly how this collaboration will proceed in the near future. In any case, the municipal council has spoken strongly about the results and the new cabinet several times since the elections in November.

Education advisor Marjolein Moorman, for example, called the result ‘shocking’. ‘When I see how he (Wilders, Mr. Dr.) It hurts people in our society. He has been convicted three times.” Councillor Rutger Groot Wassink (reception) also said immediately after election day that Wilders would absolutely not become “prime minister”. And whether such remarks from the municipal council are so wise. Our team is completely divided on this. The assignment.

Advisors Marjolein Moormann (Education), Rutger Groot Wassink (Daycare), Reinier van Dantzig (Living) and Sofiane Mbarki (Sport) – AT5 / Luc Koenen

“It is time to speak out and not let the abnormal become normal,” said a committee member. Approximately 50% of our committee members agree with this view and find it “reasonable” or even “very reasonable” for the council to speak out about the government. “The Dutch hear very little of this kind of criticism. As far as I am concerned, the city council is taking another step forward.”

However, more than 40% do not find criticism very useful. For example, one wonders ‘what a response from The Hague would mean for the city’ and the other believes that the municipal council should only respond to ‘actions that are good or bad for the city’.

answer the phone

The least divided position among the committee members is that of Alderman Grote Wassink. In an interview with Het Parool, the asylum advisor indicates that he refuses to cooperate with the cabinet and does not answer the phone. More than 60% believe that this position is unwise. One committee member responded, “You always have to keep the conversation going.”

Grote Wassink responded a day later in the city council that he simply answers the phone when the PVV minister calls, and mayor Halsema also confirmed that the city council answers phone calls. “Perhaps the statements in the interview were a bit intense, but I knew that there is unity in the council’s policy. Of course we maintain all contacts with the cabinet. We have to work closely together. The cabinet needs us and we need the cabinet,” said Halsema. “We are simply going to do business and be tactful in the processes.”

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