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Asscher sends VVD to ‘pearl necklace gatherings’

6 July 2007 - The VVD has elected Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) ‘most Liberal alderman’. As a reward, he gets to put the VVD council members to work for a day. He will probably send them to ‘typical VVD strongholds’ to convince people ‘that it is important to address social issues as well’.

“Let’s use them for something they are good at”, Asscher (photo) argues. He expects the VVD council members to be able to do good work at ‘pearl necklace gatherings’.

At the Rotary and Lions Clubs, they could convince business owners to participate in the Campus Nieuw West project, and collect money to enable young people from poor families to join sports clubs.

This means that VVD party leader Eric van der Burg and his fellow party members are given a relatively easy assignment.

Earlier, Van der Burg said that, if necessary, he would be willing to collect signatures for an investigation into the Dutch involvement in the Iraq war, or to help traffic wardens place wheel clamps for a day.

Asscher considers his election as a ‘token of appreciation one should be grateful for’. He has no problem with being labelled ‘Liberal’.

“History has known some very good Liberals. I have no problem with that, just as I would have no problem with the SP electing me the most Socialist alderman”.


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