The CDA minister survived a vote of no confidence that he was criticized for not being open and honest about what his part was in the deal with Sywert van Lienden, in which the State went into the boat for a fortune.
The House of Representatives put him to the test about it. De Jong also acknowledged mistakes made. A day later, he suddenly lashed out. He believes that in politics, and more specifically in the House of Representatives, it is too easy to make room for mistrust and doubts about someone’s integrity.
The opposition got it wrong. Klaver (GL) thinks that he is simply doing his job by critically questioning de Jonge. SP MP Leijten thinks the CDA member should take another good look in the mirror. “Do I now understand that De Jonge considers it honest to withhold information? And that if you’re caught, it’s fair to choose word games over the truth?”
Prime Minister Rutte spoke up for the House in his weekly press conference. According to him, one of the duties of the House of Representatives is to ‘follow suspiciously’ the government.