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MP resigns after telling all about the queen

Thursday 19 November 2009

Liberal MP Arend Jan Boekestijn has resigned after giving reporters details about a confidential meeting between 50 MPs and queen Beatrix.

Boekestijn told RTL news the queen is concerned about many things happening in the Netherlands and Europe. When pressed for details, he said the queen was worried about the divide between voters and politicians and the 'hype culture' in parliament.

In his resignation statement later, the MP said he sincerely regretted talking about the meeting. 'Sometimes you just do really stupid things,' he said.

Two other meetings between MPs and the monarch will go ahead as planned. It is the first time in 10 years that the queen has held informal meetings with MPs. They were scrapped then because of the number of leaks.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Why can't her "subjects" know what she really thinks.... Her "subjects" sure pay a lot of euros to keep her living the pompous life she is used to.

By alanposting | 19 November 2009 11:45 AM

Since when is disclosing a conversation with a queen more important that the mandate your electorate gives you?

By Prince Burnhard | 19 November 2009 11:46 AM

"Free speech" so why should he resigns

By kwabena | 19 November 2009 3:27 PM

Absolutely outrageous that in a supposed "democracy" an MP has to resign about something like this; the sooner the Dutch get rid of Trixie and her parasitic family, the better. "Prince Burhnhard" is quite right to ask why an unelected, only-there-because-I-was-born-to-it head of state can possibly be more important than someone elected. It's appalling and totally undemocratic. And she only manages to meet the MPs once every 10 years?!?! What's she doing the rest of the time - choosing new hats?

By Zissa | 19 November 2009 3:46 PM

It's bad enough that the monarchy has almost no accountability, but that an elected MP has to hide what is discussed with a so called "constitutional monarch" is crazy.

Since when is free speech against the law according to the constitution, unless of course you are a Wilder's follower.

As tax payers, we paid for 50 MP's to meet with this unelected person. We are entitled to know the content of the discussions! Oh how I wish that The Netherlands had proper Freedom of information legislation.

Apparently Article 110 of the Constitution does not apply to unelected officials (the monarch) "In the exercise of their duties government bodies shall observe the principle of transparency in accordance with rules to be prescribed by Act of Parliament."

Certainly discussions with the monarchy about the future of the country would qualify under this.

By Quest | 20 November 2009 1:14 AM

@Quest: please contact me. I'd like to discuss this with you. Alvast Bedankt!

By stienster | 20 November 2009 9:09 AM

All this fuss over an unelected person. I am, of course, referring to the new EU "president". I take it those people who dislike the Queen are equally scathing about their president and foreign minister?

By swahili | 20 November 2009 1:30 PM

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