VVD willing to refurbish mosque
1 June 2007 - The Amsterdam VVD is going to
elect the most liberal alderman. The winner gets to decide which
volunteer project the VVD council members will work for during one
day. If necessary, they are even willing to refurbish a mosque or
to place wheel clamps, party leader Eric van der Burg told News
was wondering whether there is a limit to what you are willing to
do, in case the winning alderman comes up with a sly proposal?
I am counting on them to choose something like a community centre
or a volunteer organisation that can do with some help. Look, if
the award is purely harassment of the VVD
council members, then we can discuss that, but in principle I am
not expecting that. And it is no problem if it regards an organisation
the VVD is not involved with. That is no problem at all.
Perhaps I could put some hypothetical examples to you. People
are collecting signatures for an investigation of the Dutch involvement
in the Iraq war. Suppose they say, come along for a day?
I like that one. Ehm.. Gee, that is difficult. Yes, I think we
would do that.
Help traffic wardens place wheel clamps for a day?
Cook in a squat restaurant?
Yes, we will do that too.
Help refurbish a mosque, for example the As-Soena mosque [a
mosque associated with radicalism]?
A mosque: no problem. The As-Soena mosque: we would have to look
into that, but in principle we would do that too, of course.
Within the VVD, people have different views of what it means
to be liberal. If it regards your opinion, should we think Rita
Verdonk or Mark Rutte?
You should think of the Amsterdam VVD. That means somewhat self-willed,
a bit free-thinking too, starting from everybody’s personal
responsibility, social justice: those are the things you should
And who should be the winner, who is in your opinion the most
As council members we have not yet formed our opinion on this.
We have asked the visitors of our website and we will take the results
So I take it the responses at the website will not automatically
decide the outcome?
No that need not automatically be the case, for otherwise for example
members might log in and vote Maarten van Poelgeest. But I do expect
them to play a very important role.
When will the winner will be announced?
We will make that public by the middle of June, around the fifteenth.
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