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GroenLinks leader Sap quits

Friday 05 October 2012

Jolande Sap has resigned as leader of the left-wing green party GroenLinks after losing the support of the party's board.

'I see no alternative other than to stand down as party leader and parliamentarian', Sap said in a statement. 'I am doing this with pain in my heart'.

GroenLinks' support slumped in the September general election. The party now has just four seats in parliament, less than half its previous representation.

The party was hurt by its support for the Dutch police training mission in Afghanistan, the spring budget agreement and internal divisions over the leadership.

Sap took over the leadership job from Femke Halsema in December 2010.


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Readers' Comments

Brave, well-spoken, intelligent, good looking, I will left the party too

By Peter | 5 October 2012 3:48 PM

Poor old Jolande. I'm sure the six years of extrememly generous ex-politician unmployment benefit will help greatly to smooth over the traumatic experience this indignity, while giving enough time for memories to fade and a comeback to political life probable.

If only the ordinary people who vote these people into power had such generous financial compensation. . .

By osita | 5 October 2012 6:21 PM

I'm really surprised that the managed to get 4 seats. I'm also surprised you still call them left-wing. vision in the garbages but mission completed. Bravo girls.

By Nikos | 5 October 2012 7:43 PM

Considering the party's board is responsible for a very significant part in the party's loss of seats, and considering Sap was working well to repair the damage that was done in the political field to the party's popularity, I can't help but wonder: who is not doing their job right, Sap or the party's board itself???

By Martin | 6 October 2012 1:56 AM

It's not a party I would vote for because as much as they are a very necessary lone voice on green issues ,in a world rapidly running out of essential material resources,...I've never found them to be particularly left-wing,... and suspected the same proclivity for expedience and opportunism as the Dutch labor party have been guilty of the last twenty years or more.
So,... that suspicion has been verified these last days and once again , alas, a party that I once took quite seriously ,I find myself no longer able to.
The consequent result of this will probably be the loss of one or two more seats in the polls.... which of course ,.. doesn't really matter,... unless '' unforseen'' circumstances lead to new elections again,.. within 18 months.
Ms Sap did her work well,... and as good as her predecessors Halsema and Rossemuller.
She may have done a few clumsy things on camera,... but they were nothing compared to the embarrassing,clumsy,tragicomedy ,anti-performances that we regularly have to bear from those who pull in 15 seats or more and still seem to believe that ''grinners are winners''.
What caused the losses for GL is fairly simple to see with a little intuition and centered contact with the population. You don't need to spend months on complex studies.
On the one hand it was the sudden,apparently collective decision among voters with left tendencies to vote tactically,...ie,
''better the devil you know''
.... mmm,... the devil that prefers CDA and VVD as a bedmate rather than the ''comrades''....? I gave up on that devil long ago.
The other was a general tendency everywhere in the last few years, to put Green Issues on the back burner as other issues rightly or wrongly,.. seem to be far more pressing.
For the larger bulk of the middle class,... read here, almost all of the Netherlands,.. watching out for environmental issues is a little like supporting the Arts,... ie,.. a luxury that you warm to when your savings account is pulling in more than 5% pa,... and you dont worry too much about where that''wealth'' is coming from. Those days are over folks,... and it could have been nice if one of the left wing parties in the election run-up had had the guts to just tell people the truth about that straight out.
I remember a moment in one of the debates of one or two elections ago.
All the barking men were in a circle woof-woofing at the same time ,... and among it all I heard the gentle voice of Femke Halsema,the only woman,''Het mag wel een tijd wat minder met dat groei''....or something very similar.
We will probably manage perfectly well with less growth.!!!
At last, I thought!
Someone in this obsessive,sterile, linear thinking circus, has had the guts to say it. To put the concept of ''growth'' in its relative place.
The perfect son-in laws ,of course,went on jousting and barking as if she hadn't spoken...
Afterwards,I remember no journalist commenting on what she'd said,.. and seriously began to wonder if perhaps I'd been mistaken and hadn't really heard it.
No Jolande,.. it wasn't your fault.,... but, too late for that now. I wish you every success and happiness on your future path.
What GL has to learn from this is that the last thing the Netherlands needs is yet another party of sterile,career calculating,expedient opportunists.
People have seen what that is ,... and they're rapidly tiring of it. Its why the CDA and PvdA
suffered the losses they did. Question is,... how long will the PvdA now continue to remember that approximately 40% of their votes really belong to SP and GL,... or have they already forgotten?

It's not a party I would vote for because as much as they are a very necessary lone voice on green issues ,in a world rapidly running out of essential material resources,...I've never found them to be particularly left-wing,... and suspected the same proclivity for expedience and opportunism as the Dutch labor party have been guilty of the last twenty years or more.
So,... that suspicion has been verified these last days and once again , alas, a party that I once took quite seriously ,I find myself no longer able to.
The consequent result of this will probably be the loss of one or two more seats in the polls.... which of course ,.. doesn't really matter,... unless '' unforseen'' circumstances lead to new elections again,.. within 18 months.
Ms Sap did her work well,... and as good as her predecessors Halsema and Rossemuller.
She may have done a few clumsy things on camera,... but they were nothing compared to the embarrassing,clumsy,tragicomedy ,anti-performances that we regularly have to bear from those who pull in 15 seats or more and still seem to believe that ''grinners are winners''.
What caused the losses for GL is fairly simple to see with a little intuition and centered contact with the population. You don't need to spend months on complex studies.
On the one hand it was the sudden,apparently collective decision among voters with left tendencies to vote tactically,...ie,
''better the devil you know''
.... mmm,... the devil that prefers CDA and VVD as a bedmate rather than the ''comrades''....? I gave up on that devil long ago.
The other was a general tendency everywhere in the last few years, to put Green Issues on the back burner as other issues rightly or wrongly,.. seem to be far more pressing.
For the larger bulk of the middle class,... read here, almost all of the Netherlands,.. watching out for environmental issues is a little like supporting the Arts,... ie,.. a luxury that you warm to when your savings account is pulling in more than 5% pa,... and you dont worry too much about where that''wealth'' is coming from. Those days are over folks,... and it could have been nice if one of the left wing parties in the election run-up had had the guts to just tell people the truth about that straight out.
I remember a moment in one of the debates of one or two elections ago.
All the barking men were in a circle woof-woofing at the same time ,... and among it all I heard the gentle voice of Femke Halsema,the only woman,''Het mag wel een tijd wat minder met dat groei''....or something very similar.
We will probably manage perfectly well with less growth.!!!
At last, I thought!
Someone in this obsessive,sterile, linear thinking circus, has had the guts to say it. To put the concept of ''growth'' in its relative place.
The perfect son-in laws ,of course,went on jousting and barking as if she hadn't spoken...
Afterwards,I remember no journalist commenting on what she'd said,.. and seriously began to wonder if perhaps I'd been mistaken and hadn't really heard it.
No Jolande,.. it wasn't your fault.,... but, too late for that now. I wish you every success and happiness on your future path.
What GL has to learn from this is that the last thing the Netherlands needs is yet another party of sterile,career calculating,expedient opportunists.
People have seen what that is ,... and they're rapidly tiring of it. Its why the CDA and PvdA
suffered the losses they did. Question is,... how long will the PvdA now continue to remember that approximately 40% of their votes really belong to SP and GL,... or have they already forgotten?

By Wandjina | 7 October 2012 2:30 AM

GroenLinks = Traitors! I hope the party totally collapses & I will never consider voting for them again. Left wing???

By phil | 7 October 2012 8:15 AM

Hi,
GroenLinks leader Sap quits. It’s autumn the green leaves are falling.

By Terence Hale | 7 October 2012 12:53 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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