VVD leader and outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte admits that he made mistakes that led to the crisis of political confidence in The Hague. Political journalist Xander van der Wulp talks about it News OUR Radio 1 Rutte’s ideas for a new administrative culture.
Rutte pleaded with Nieuwsuur, who was the guest, for a thinner coalition deal in which not everything is defined on every subject.
Official documents need to be released faster, there needs to be more room for discussion in Cabinet and Monday’s group meetings need to become less important, he said.
No new ideas
These are not new ideas, says journalist Nieuwsuur Nynke from Zoeten. “People have been talking in The Hague for years, it remains to be seen if this really happens.”
Herman Tjeenk Willink also said in his final report as an informant that a stronger position of the House of Representatives and a different management style also requires “a different interpretation of the Prime Minister”.
Still, Rutte was the guest of the program to talk about his announced “radical ideas” and his own role in it.
Looking back on ten years as prime minister, Rutte has often said he gave too little room for debate in the cabinet. He often prefers quick decision-making and a good atmosphere to discussing “big social issues”.
“Rutte recognizes that mutual regulation has often stifled debate,” says de Zoeten. “And that he himself contributed.”