Remarkably enough, Hoekstra cannot say clearly that Omtzigt will return to the group. “Pieter Omtzigt himself has said that he will temporarily not be a member of parliament. It’s up to him.” Hoekstra acknowledges that he is disappointed with the release of the memo. “It is very annoying and really damaging, it raises a lot of questions.”
He prefers not to respond to passages from the memo in the run-up to an evaluation. He does say that sponsors have had no influence on the party program, while that is stated in the memo. “Only the members are about the CDA program.” Hoekstra wants to wait for the evaluation of the Spies committee. “We will have to speak internally first. It is intended for evaluation, we will also solve this again. But it is not an easy phase.”
Hoekstra says that the bomb under the party does not affect the already difficult formation as far as he is concerned. He says he has no influence on how that is elsewhere. “That’s up to other parties.”
Outgoing minister Ank Bijleveld (Defence) claims before the Council of Ministers that she ‘has not yet read the memo completely’. “I’m not going to judge it, I’m not going to say anything about it.” She does say that ‘everyone does something when someone writes something like that’. “All members are equally dear to us. This is also how the evaluation should be looked at. So I’m not going to pass judgment on it.”
Bijleveld says that he spoke to Omtzigt yesterday. “It affects everyone, including him. He’s just not doing well, he needs to rest.” State Secretary Keijzer (EZK) calls it ‘not so nice’. She can’t say anything about the consequences. “It’s not nothing, we just have to think about it. What happened? It moves me.”
In a tirade against everything that is wrong with the CDA, MP Pieter Omtzigt puts a bomb under his party. In an internal memo, intended to evaluate the dramatic elections for the CDA, Omtzigt outlines how he was thwarted by party members. The piece came out on Thursday.
The man who started the allowance affair speaks of a ‘disconcerting picture, in which no one seemed to care about victims of parents. “What a disillusionment, and that of my own party members!” In whatsapp messages from CDA members, Omtzigt is called ‘bastard’, ‘psychopath’, ‘terrible dog’.
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