Former CDA politician Mona Keijzer: ‘asking who should resign does not solve the problem’

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Former CDA politician Mona Keijzer: ‘asking who should resign does not solve the problem’

The CDA will meet on Tuesday evening for crisis consultations after the defeat in the provincial elections. ‘We have a broad problem,’ says former CDA politician Mona Keijzer. ‘How do you ensure that people regain confidence in the government?’

Keijzer tells BNR that she is annoyed by how the discussion is going in the aftermath of the elections last Wednesday. ‘It’s really a Hague game to ask who should leave now,’ she says. ‘While that doesn’t solve the problem, of course.’ The former politician refers to the discussion about the position of party leader Wopke Hoekstra.

‘There is only one winner here,’ says Keijzer. “All the rest has lost.” She says about the CDA that the party ‘has not been able to present all the fantastic plans, visions and solutions it has in house’.

‘There is only one winner here’, says Mona Keijzer. “All the rest has lost.” (ANP / Robin Utrecht)

According to Keijzer, this is the symptom of a broad problem: ‘how do you get people to regain some confidence in the government? That is very dear to my heart.’

The government’s makeability promise

According to her, it is clear that the ‘woke’ attitude of some parties and the attitude towards the nitrogen dossier is driving people away from the centre. But she is also looking for the cause a little deeper. ‘It has to do with the fact that the government constantly talks people into a kind of makeability promise: if you have a problem, just come to us and we will solve it for you.’

But that cannot last, said the former State Secretary. ‘The recovery operation in Groningen and the benefits affair are the disgrace of that. As a result, citizens think they are customers of the government and have to pay for it. And if he doesn’t get what he ordered, the citizen is angry.’


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