Two prominent Labour (PvdA) members have this weekend criticised party leader Wouter Bos for the way he is running the election campaign. Former minister Margreeth de Boer and former senator Joop van den Berg said Bos was focusing too much on forming a coalition with the Christian Democrats.
De Boer called on Bos to stop trying to appeal to the CDA and instead to make a positive case for a left-wing coalition with the Socialists and GroenLinks.
On Saturday, Bos told the Telegraaf that the CDA and free market Liberals (VVD) had been trying to ‘wreck him’. The two parties, he said had waged a three to four-year agressive campaign against him.
The gap between the CDA and Labour is widening, according to the latest polls. The online poll put together by Maurice de Hond puts the CDA on 43 seats and Labour on 36. A poll by business magazine Forum said 61% of business leaders backed CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende as the next prime minister. A year ago, only 9% supported him.
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