Inverted flags encourage CDA to seek dissatisfaction

Inverted flags encourage CDA to seek dissatisfaction

As state legislature elections approach, the ruling CDA party presents its plans to tackle inequality. The party concludes that this inequality is the main cause of dissatisfaction among citizens in both urban and rural areas.

“The year 2022 was the year of inverted flags. As party leader Heerma told NOS, while investigating what was behind this, we came to the conclusion that the Netherlands was out of balance.

The party points out that there are large wealth disparities between certain urban and rural areas. But there is also inequality within Randstad. Small communities there are struggling to maintain their own facilities. The party says there are poor neighborhoods in rich cities.

Heerma: “This is because of the extreme customization. The market dominates. Places that were already in good standing got richer. The places people go are less and less.

The neoliberal era is over

The CDA distances itself from this self-determined path. “The neoliberal era of market and turnaround thinking is over,” Plan Voor Heel Nederland says. Heerma thinks it makes sense for a political party to change direction when it’s better for the country.

The party proposes targeted investments in the east and north of the country and in the province of Zeeland. Cities must become greener. Scarce space should be distributed more equitably. If there is not enough space, there is no taboo about reclaiming or building an entirely new city.

Heerma also thinks that “weak traffic” is a big problem. Money should not always go to Randstad:

The CDA wants to set up a “community fund” so neighborhoods in the area can maintain their facilities. Village houses, local suppliers or sports facilities can be protected with money. In cities, the city council should allocate money to citizens’ initiatives to increase participation.

CDA in state government

The CDA currently sits on the boards of all provinces except North Holland. Heerma does not know whether these new intentions will help the CDA in the March 15 election. “I am convinced that something has to change. If that works out in favor of the voters, that’s a nice bonus.”

On Saturday, CDA members came together to launch a conference and election campaign.

Source: NOS