Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:02
Van Klaveren left PVV due to social pressure
Joram van Klaveren, an ex-MP for the PVV who left at the end of March, did so due to the social pressure that arose after party-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan speech became too much for him, the Volkskrant reports. Van Klaveren was the second MP to leave the PVV in relation to the 'fewer Moroccans' speech. Party lines were discussed more often between Wilders and Van Klaveren. "Geert said: 'It's true that the course is becoming more leftist on certain points'. The consideration was that a purely rightist party could never get more than 10 to 12 seats. That is too few to be a broad people's party. "So it was only an electoral consideration: hard on immigration and security, soft on care - that speaks to more people. But a rightist party with a largely leftist agenda, that doesn't rhyme. When I spoke to Geert about it, for example about charge reduction, he said that we would go in a more rightist course again soon. But it just never got to that", Van Klaveren tells the Volkskrant. Van Klaveren will take position in Parliament next to Louis Bontes, who was ejected from the PVV by Wilders. They will go forth together, and will try to offer a rightist voice. It is not clear if a rightist party will take part in the elections or not. Van Klaveren hopes that he will get more time than Hero Brinkman did in 2012, who got barely any time at all to set up a party.