15 March 2017 • by Ruben Kofman
Rick Grashoff (GroenLinks) wins THUAS election debate
We’ll be going to the polls on 15 March. But does this also include the more than 850,000 young people of voting age? Many young people have not yet decided whether or not to vote. Yet together, their votes would represent no fewer than 13 seats in the Lower House. The Hague University of Applied Sciences held an election debate on 13 March to get students more in touch with politics.
Eight national politicians competed in the Atrium for the preferences of THUAS student voters. Led by Joost Karhof (host of TV programme ‘Nieuwsuur’), some issues were hotly debated. The debate addressed three questions:
- Is compulsory community service for young people patronising?
- Should the basic grant be reintroduced?
- Should government and public institutions introduce anonymous job application procedures to prevent name-based discrimination?
The debaters were: Pieter Duisenberg (VVD), Amma Asante (PvdA), Michel Rog (CDA), Roelof Bisschop (SGP), Jasper van Dijk (SP), Ingrid van Engelshoven (D66), Rick Grashoff (GroenLinks) and Eppo Bruins (ChristenUnie). The PVV declined to participate and DENK backed out at the last minute.
Afterwards, Rick Grashoff of GroenLinks received the most applause, just as he had during the round of introductions. So was he really the best debater or was he just getting a free ride on the popularity of his party’s leader, Jesse Klaver?
See for yourself by watching this video of the debate. And the photo slider underneath it.