It had been hoped, perhaps even counted, that the General Reflections would bring about a breakthrough in the cabinet formation. That parties from left to right, from coalition to opposition, would add water to the wine in order to gain broad support for the budget. But the amendment proposals came from the old coalition, from VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie. Not from PvdA and GroenLinks, even though they had put pressure on the coalition.
Instead of the scant 800 to 900 million that the VVD gave to the opposition, the budget was eventually increased by 2 billion euros and another well over 700 million to improve healthcare salaries. The VVD in particular had to give up hobbyhorses: the national debt is rising, the landlord levy is going up, and the corporate and profit tax must be raised in order to realize the wishes of the House. Entrepreneurs will largely have to cough up that money and that hurts the supporters of the VVD.
But Rutte had no choice but to guide the budget through the House with sufficient support. The prime minister is no longer in charge, he can no longer control things as he has done for the last ten years. Sigrid Kaag no longer accepts that, the PvdA has experienced what happens when you govern as an underlying party with the VVD and hairline cracks can also be seen in the loyal CDA administrative party now that the Christian Democrats, together with the ChristenUnie, have gathered a majority behind them to support the feudal system. to be abolished for students. Rutte is strongly against this, but the VVD has insufficient friends to get its way.
That is why it is not getting along with the formation of a new cabinet. If the Considerations have shown anything, it is that VVD, D66, CDA and CU can indeed do business with each other. And that is encouraging, were it not for the fact that medical-ethical subjects were not discussed here, nor was it about the style of government, about a new political culture or the question of how progressive the new cabinet should be. In recent days, only urgent matters were discussed, the approach of which cannot be delayed, such as the housing shortage, education and care.
The four parties have shown that they can reach agreement, that they are willing to jointly look for solutions. But in the formation they don’t do that so far. To the frustration of one informant after another. Mariette Hamer did not understand why VVD, D66 and CDA did not want to talk about a piece they agreed on, the impetus for a coalition agreement. PvdA and GroenLinks also agreed with the plan and wanted to negotiate about it, but VVD and CDA did not want that. The ChristenUnie also wanted to talk on the basis of that document, but Sigrid Kaag does not want that party at the table.
So it’s not about the content, it’s about mutual mistrust; arose in the debate of 1 April when Rutte lied about the Omtzigt issue and Kaag unofficially gave up confidence in the VVD leader and recently repeated this during her Schoo lecture. Although Rutte claims otherwise, he and Kaag cannot get through the same door together. If the two winners of the elections could jump over their own shadow, and that should have happened during the piling session in Hilversum last weekend, there would have been a breakthrough.
Current informant Johan Remkes had also counted on that. He is done with it and gives VVD, D66 and CDA one more chance, according to his letter to the negotiators in which he invites them to take stock on Monday. Remkes wants to draw conclusions after Monday and immediately inform the House of Representatives about the course of the formation. Not only does that sound threatening, it is.