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Elections | There’s A Lot Of Promises But Little Is Fulfilled

In an election battle, it is not who is right that counts, but who is right. This sometimes makes campaigns and debates entertainment, but more often a source of great irritation. Logic loses out to rhetoric. But as an audience, this is partly our own fault, because we determine what scores. A series by philosopher Arno Bouwes on logic and illogic in election time.

A good election slogan does not repel potential voters, it attracts them. The best slogans that they will print using the best printers such as ‘printer for avery labels‘ are a mirror in which everyone can see their own preferences reflected. The PvdA wants to “Move forward together. Let’s build the Netherlands together that everyone can be proud of”, D’66 “gets it done. Good work, good education, good care” and for the VVD it’s about “Normal. Doing it. . ” They are slogans that you can hardly disagree with, because moving forward, normal and good can mean something different for everyone. Even with many points of view, you can only agree. Hugo Borst visited all political parties and discovered to his great surprise that they all really want the same thing: good care. But of course, the party that strives for bad care, bad work, and bad education has yet to be founded. In the run-up to the elections, there is, therefore, a lot of shouting, but little said. Precisely because it is too little about the content, politicians talk about each other too often. Rutte lies, Buma is a pouting toddler, Jesse Klaver is a bad imitation of Obama and Wilders is insipid and indecent. The other is no good, but this doesn’t tell me who to vote for.

Everyone wants a better, just society that you can be proud of. But what does this look like? Nobody wants ambulance personnel to be abused, annoying neighbors, pollution, or heavy taxes. But how do we achieve this and what do we sacrifice for this? In other words: what are the choices we will soon face as a voter? If you are in doubt about who to vote for, you can start by asking yourself the following two questions: 1. What are the parties saying about their own content? And especially 2. Do they say something that you can also disagree with? A statement that you cannot disagree with is almost always meaningless.

The problem with meaningless positions is that political policy must eventually become concrete. The content comes later and with it the disagreement, division, and disappointment. The care plan will not get off the ground like this, Elke1 will simply become everyone for himself again and the new prime minister will (again) turn out to be a disappointment. You had imagined something different about “the Netherlands you can be proud of.” So let’s hope for election debates with propositions and substantiation that you can wholeheartedly agree with, but especially disagree with so that there is a clear choice in the elections.

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Seniors And Politicians Conversation

BARENDRECHT – Representatives of all seven parties participating in the municipal elections in Barendrecht entered into a debate on Wednesday. They did this during the political afternoon of senior citizens’ associations KBO and PCOB. The venue was De Ontmoeting, which was occupied to the last seat.

Arie Slob (PCOB) managed the afternoon in a relaxed manner. The representatives were given three minutes to introduce themselves and their party to the seniors who arrived. Ada Dekker did this for GroenLinks, Arjan Stolk on behalf of SGP-CU, Ed Mol on behalf of PvdA, Marianne Tijssen on behalf of D66, Simon Kelder on behalf of VVD, Peter Luijendijk on behalf of CDA and Lennart van der Linden on behalf of Echt for Barendrecht.

Then the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions. Important themes this afternoon were safety, (public) transport, the Service Center, a vacancy on the Middenbaan, and housing. But the first question was about the BAR collaboration and was put to Lennart van der Linden. He said that EVB is against merging. “We think cooperation is very important, but this model is not the perfect solution. We believe that part of the services should come back to Barendrecht. “Ed Mol responded clearly:” Getting out of the BAR cooperation is a completely idiotic plan. We finally have the tent in order. It has been researched: it works fine. ” Simon Kelder added by saying that merging is absolutely out of the question.

There was also talk of free public transport for people over 65, which all parties are enthusiastic about. It was mainly mentioned that there should be more stops and that the connection between old Barendrecht and Carnisselande should be much better. Peter Luijendijk about this: The local bus that will soon be running, really goes through the neighborhoods, so it will partly tackle that problem. ” Marianne Tijssen called on the seniors to let them know what they are missing or to raise this with RET themselves. , which covers the stops, among other things.

Another topic of discussion was the Service Center, where seniors can no longer go. But there is no alternative either. Ada Dekker indicated that a lot is planned where meetings will be possible in the future. One option is to create a meeting space in Borgstede if it receives a quality boost. Luijendijk gave the tip to approach the many schools in the neighborhoods. “They are open to outside users and often have an auditorium that is very suitable.”
The accessibility of the police also turned out to be a concern. Marianne Tijssen said that in the regional consultation it was stated that there is a need for more police officers in Barendrecht, but that the municipality is not about the police. The option to use BOAs and become a volunteer at Neighborhood Prevention was mentioned.

Finally, a lot of attention was paid to housing for seniors and modifications to the home. The lack of transparency of the WMO policy was discussed. And the question of why so many owner-occupied apartments in the high segment are being added was heard from several angles. There is now hardly anything available for the group that just missed out on social housing. Ed Mol about this: “There is no long-term vision. The strategy has always been to opt for expensive projects. And we are afraid of going up in Barendrecht, but such buildings can solve the problems. ” Van der Linden added that much social housing will also be built at the locations on the Botter and the Oude Postkantoor. If your senior love ones are having difficulty to walk you can buy and ‘choose the best narrow walkers for seniors‘ for them.