Many viewers of Op1 interview Mark Rutte express the same criticism

Last night Prime Minister Mark Rutte was a guest at a special broadcast of On 1. There he was put to the test by Sven Kockelmann. Or well, put on fire? According to many viewers, that was not so bad and there was a meaningless interview.

Mark Rutte was interviewed for an hour last night from the Catshuis, the official official residence of the Prime Minister. Such an interview outside campaign time is rare. But yesterday he made special time for interviewer Sven Kockelmann, and he discussed, among other things, the criticism that he would be too ‘invisible’ during crises.

Criticism of invisibility was ‘usually justified’

That criticism was “usually justified,” said Mark Rutte. He acknowledged that he was repeatedly criticized during the nitrogen crisis, the allowance affair or around the gas quakes in Groningen. Now Rutte wants to show himself more. “That’s why it’s so good that we’re here,” he said to Sven Kockelmann.

The Prime Minister considered giving another speech from the Torentje. “But the disadvantage is that no one can say anything back.” The fact that the prime minister asked people from the Torentje to stay at home during the corona crisis was also “a very intense moment”. But Rutte did not want to rule out the possibility that a Torentjes speech “will be necessary again”.

According to Rutte, the criticism of the cabinet in times of crises is often “that it sometimes takes too long”. For example, it took a very long time before the cabinet could reassure people about the expensive energy bill. But the problems, also in the field of asylum and nitrogen, are “extremely complex”, Rutte said.

Mark Rutte: election win in Italy ’cause for concern’

Rutte also discussed the election win in Italy of Giorgia Meloni’s radical right-wing Fratelli d’Italia. These developments are a “reason for concern”, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. Her party and the right-wing parties with which Meloni wants to work “have said and done things that make you say: there is reason for vigilance,” Rutte said in the statement. On 1-interview.

The prime minister has not yet congratulated Meloni on her victory, but according to him that is customary only when she is actually prime minister. He will also try to work with Meloni. “You shouldn’t be naive, but you should give her a chance,” said the prime minister.

Reactions viewers after ‘interview’: ‘Almost over, thank God’

Watching the interview for an hour has not been sustained by everyone. Many people thought it was meaningless, hot air and an hour of airtime for political parties. “Mark Rutte wanted to show himself on Dutch television after mountains of criticism. He succeeded. Disappointing for the genuinely curious viewer, because a meaningless interview,” writes one viewer.

Others also criticize the broadcast.

According to viewers, interviewer Sven Kockelmann could have been a bit more critical of Mark Rutte.

According to journalist Maarten Hopman of The pin would it have been a good reason for On 1 to broadcast from Ter Apel. “This would have been a perfect occasion for” On 1 to broadcast from Ter Apel once so that Rutte can see with his own eyes how many people have to sleep on chairs or in the open air.”

Watch the Op1 interview with the Prime Minister here.

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Viewers Op1 almost all have the same criticism of the interview with Mark Rutte

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