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Impotence and counterpower

Power and counterpower, a function elsewhere, we have to do something with… and the lack of active reminders about crucial matters will now regularly pass by.

But the worst is still not mentioned: the lack of a properly functioning democracy. And with the latter proposition, the question: 'Which democracy' is not at all wrong.
The election as the new President of the House is not democratic and the appointment of the scout Tjeenk Willink certainly not.

In the case of the President of the House, the best was not chosen, let alone that the voters were involved. Bosma, generally regarded as the best within the Binnenhofvijvertje, comes from the wrong party. Arib who appears to have done well is from a party that does not belong to the current outgoing coalition. Then you are soon unjustifiably without a chance. That is why a D66 member emerges from the anonymous vote as the glorious winner. 74 votes for the chosen one, while Omtzigt is sitting at home, need not assume a highly developed mindset in anyone.
One has proven to be able to do it for 5 years, the other has done well a number of times as a substitute, but the preference is expressed for an uncertain adventure with an anonymous member of perhaps another government party. Then D66 has key figures in the cabinet and as super controller a toilet duck who has to supervise the control of, among other things, the same, own party.

In a well-functioning democracy, no cabinets are formed after a sham election. Every possible cabinet stands for party interests and a sum of minority positions that together are very importantly promoted to majority policy in the national interest. Policies in which voters have been cheated and parties are even willing to go against all promises to support or even implement policies that parties opposed before the elections. See the free choice of doctor and second opinion in the past. Look at the breakdown of the health care system in Rutte's 10 years and follow the struggle of D66 with ethical medical items, after D66 previously killed the so-acclaimed referendum. The advisory referendum as one of the crown jewels, without going for a binding referendum.

It is already insane that 76 MPs on the basis of a hand-clapping coalition agreement and bound by a strangling fraction discipline to carry out a blank mandate for four years.
Voters are not consulted in the formation of a coalition agreement by quartets. Certainly not when appointing ministers. The most ascended leaders of each coalition party can more or less determine themselves in which department they are interested in doing, but devoid of knowledge and skills, allowed to wrestle on the ropes of top civil servants and lobbyists for four years, suggesting that they are administrators.

All this on the basis of an extremely small majority, under the guise that a government is nevertheless needed in the interests of the country. But what is the national interest? Are the punishments of a number of VVD prominent figures of national importance? The input of an extremely small, but numerically necessary fellow coalition partner of, for example, the CU? And in four years' time we will be able to listen to other lies and empty promises, because after all, a cabinet is needed. Because that is how it goes. Well, it can be completely different, but democratic, at the same time expert and completely transparent.

Then back to the successor of 4 fallen scouts. Tjeenk Willink has to quickly pull what the earlier procession reels got stuck. He must see whether promises made during the debates about a lying prime minister and the Rutte doctrine are hard as nails. For example, Segers of the CU said he did not want to continue with Rutte and Kaag spoke about the roads that are now separated. In both cases the message was clear, until the national interest (read own and party interests) comes into question. Due to the very welcome splinters and the exclusion of each other, the rinse is extremely wafer-thin. Then, for example, Ja21 or the SGP can make the most idiotic demands. One of the 10 will still survive, which will affect the whole of the Netherlands.

Now that a quartet of partisan scouts are already trying to give substance to their old position elsewhere, the PvdA mastodon Tjeenk Willink is the savior of the country. He is going to do it differently, like the winter painter. Previously, the outer door and only later the inner doors were treated, now the other way around and also with a different color, but from the same inferior manufacturer as always before. And not everything on paper!
In short, Tjeenk Willink will not change anything at all structurally, but Rutte does not find a problem. What else? Who has he talked to informally? Will Rutte be accepted in grace again by D66, after the haggling concerning the parliamentary chairmanship? And does the VVD have to meet the CU unrealistically far to the detriment of a large majority of the population? Tjeenk had a good feeling about it.
As long as the system remains as it always was, it will remain a system in which all kinds of dubious, tricky and certainly undemocratic actions are carried out.

Oh yes, of course, we call this democracy. But an alternative polity is possible with perhaps a few disadvantages and a lot of advantages compared to the current one. Utopia does not exist, but striving for an almost ideal form of government is a requirement in order to optimally represent the citizens. This is because it concerns the Dutch population and not a party elite of regents that have gathered together.

With a little common sense, things can really be done differently.

Rients Hofstra.


Column Rients Hofstra - Symbol politics

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