Thierry Baudet and Theo Hiddema.
In the new party Forum for Democracy, that until now always only two politicians showed, influences a third party. The slain leader in the First Room that Einzelganger Baudet a lot of right-wing course. “He must be our people are not unnecessarily in the wind’, says Henk Otten.
A month after Thierry Baudet, the Dutch political class dooreenschudde when his party, Forum for Democracy at the Provincial state elections in march, the largest number of votes received, seem …
A month after Thierry Baudet, the Dutch political class dooreenschudde when his party, Forum for Democracy at the Provincial state elections in march, the largest number of votes received, it appears the honeymoon is over. Until last weekend it seemed the party’s only two faces: that of founder Thierry Baudet (36) and Theo Hiddema (75). They are the members of parliament Forum since 2017 in the Dutch parliament are.
Now let Henk Otten said. After the resounding election victory the previous month, the 52-year-old politician, the slain leader of the largest party in the Dutch First Room – say, senate. If it depends, then is the time that Baudet and Hiddema, the only sign of the party. If it depended, he would be on the evening of the election victory all lijsttrekkers from the provinces on the stage, not only the leader. “Afterwards I asked him – Baudet said: you had your success more to share,” says Otten last Saturday in a remarkable interview with the Dutch newspaper NRC. It does not suit him that the media then wrote that the party ” spookkandidaten in the provinces. Apparently, they had not by that people like Otten hard had worked.
Otten is not a newcomer in the party. In 2015 he stood with Baudet at the cradle of Forum for Democracy and later, he was the treasurer and a member of the two party members in the Room. Between the lines of the interview you read that he is sick to be always in the shadow of Baudet. “I thought we over me, went to talk,” he says if the journalist asks for some statements of the party leader.
There is a gap between the two men. The doembeeldspeech that Baudet on the election night gave, in keeping not with the speech that Otten had in mind. “I had him before said: I would be a unifying speech’. Where Baudet are concerned about the boreal world, wants to be Otten, especially the hands.
No, Henk Otten recognizes not entirely in the discourse of Baudet. He finds that the party leader too much to the right is moved up, and he gets annoyed that the other members of the party still must answer for the remarkable statements of the leader. The Forum for Democracy is therefore associated with Alt + Right or with racism and recognize Otten is not in. He finds that it is time that Baudet realizes that a party line is not the same as judgments of compelling academic debates in the corridor. “You must be our people are not unnecessarily in the wind,” he says.
Otten has his first lessons in politics at the List Pim Fortuyn. When that party, nine days after the murder of their leader, in the parliamentary elections in 2002, suddenly 26 seats binnenhaalde, was Otten then involved in the development of the provincial departments of the party. “That was a huge chaos,” he says. That is why he wants now, with the Forum for Democracy, which is the base – the people from the provinces – to become more involved in the party. He thinks that the party in the long term, must be able to survive, even without Baudet or himself. ‘That is quite difficult for him. But he will still have to get used to, ” says Otten.
Yesterday it was announced that Henk Otten no longer the treasurer of Forum for Democracy. He says to the NRC that the ‘too much work’ is that he cannot combine with his fractievoorzitterschap in the senate.
It is obvious that his statements about Thierry Baudet, the party leader cold caught. The day after publication of the said Baudet that he was surprised by the piece. After he to the curious journalists confirmed once again that only he is the leader of the party, he remains vague about the future of Otten in the party. It does not seem certain that Otten the president of the group in the First Room will be. ‘As it now all looks like it, he will play a role in the First Room, together with other people, ” said Baudet economical. “That will all be on their way to a sound that is akin to that of me.”