As far as Slob is concerned, it was obvious that the entire cabinet would resign. Each coalition party has discussed this within its own ranks, but this has resulted in a collective decision.
“This happened under the responsibility of the government. We are now the cabinet, so we bear that responsibility and in this way you can also indicate that this should not have happened. And that it is so serious that the prime minister resigned at the king has submitted. “
But have the parents been helped now that the cabinet is taking its responsibility and is therefore resigning? Will the errors in the allowance file be corrected? “Of course parents want to know what we are going to do in concrete terms. A first step has already been taken,” says Slob, referring to the 30,000 euros that had already been promised to victims.
“If more money is needed for them, if they are entitled to it, they will get it.”
Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs resigned for personal reasons. He is the only one in the cabinet who took such responsibility for the mistakes that were made. “We have to have a lot of respect for that,” Slob says of his colleague’s decision. “That was a moving moment.”
The cabinet is now outgoing, which means that the current government can no longer take major decisions. Corona is an exception to this, Prime Minister Rutte said this afternoon during the press conference he gave about the resignation of his cabinet.
Slob also indicates this. “Most of my time was already spent on that. In the coming days I will also be busy with all kinds of things around education, so for me it will change little when it comes to what I have to do.”
Slob emphasizes that he will continue to go for it, just like his colleagues in the cabinet. “Because we owe it to our country to do whatever it takes to combat this virus and its consequences, including for education when it comes to my portfolio.”
Make important decisions
Important decisions lie ahead in the field of education. For example about the opening of (primary) schools again. Can Slob make those decisions now? “Certainly”, says the minister. “We will continue with that as well. I will be busy with that in the coming days.”
Because a weekend is not an option, even for an outgoing minister. “We actually work 24/7. Everything we decide is of course submitted to parliament and they must of course also assess it.”
Slob is hopeful that cooperation in the field of corona with the House of Representatives will go well. “If you also hear the reactions of the group chairmen, it shows that they think we should continue unabated.”
But yes, in the background the elections of 17 March will of course also play an increasingly emphatic role in what politicians are doing in the coming months and how they present themselves. Can those MPs and ministers then set aside party politics in the public interest? “In recent days, we have worked well with the four parties in drafting the cabinet’s substantive response, and we also acted collectively in drawing up the decision to offer the dismissal as a full cabinet.”
Aware of responsibility
According to Slob, this shows that the coalition is aware that great responsibility is borne for the Netherlands in corona time. “We resigned but Corona did not resign.”