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Court cases and reports as spending power row rumbles on

Tuesday 06 November 2012

The traditional first debate between the new cabinet and parliament may not take place on Thursday as confusion over the effect of the coalition agreement on spending power rumbles on.

Prime minister Mark Rutte has said no-one will have their disposable income cut by more than 4% as the result of government strategy. But others put the figure far higher and say middle income families in particular will be hard hit by a combination of measures.

MPs have now asked the family spending institute Nibud to carry out its own calculations - an exercise which is likely to take several days.

The nine opposition parties have also asked the government for additional information before Wednesday afternoon when they will decide whether or not the debate should go ahead.


Meanwhile, broadcaster RTL is going to court on Wednesday morning in an effort to force the government to release background information drawn up by the macro-economic spending institute CPB and used during the coalition negotiations.

'There is major unrest and everyone knows the CPB has the answers,' said RTL's deputy editor Pieter Klein. 'The government is doing all it can to keep the documents secret and we hope the courts will make an end to it.'

Are you confused? Have your say using the comment box below

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Readers' Comments

Dutch New. I am confused. You had an election. Nobody won. So you have a government of the opposition. But stamp collecting suggests the boss should be the the strongest party and the second boss the leader of the other party. Why has Mr Samsom no ministerial post and is not deputy prime minister?

By Terence Hale | 6 November 2012 4:02 PM

Confused about what please??

The politicians in NL headed by the Rutter Twee flip-flopped party (Sampson & Delilah)are not mathematicians, scientists or philosophers: they were elected purely for their tactical speeches & deliberate manipulation, by BS'ing Dutch citizens with false hope & empty promises.

These high ranking con-men jumped to conclusions with their plans to eradicate the middle class, therefore with no understanding of the consequences regarding inevitable opposition.

No confusion, just disappointment :P

By The visitor | 6 November 2012 5:53 PM

I am confused. As I wrote in an earlier post (and was shot down by many others), I don't understand a political system where you vote for a party on its policies, only to have those policies negotiated away under a coalition arrangement occurring after the election. People of the Netherlands - you have been royally screwed and there is nothing you can do about it.

By GS | 7 November 2012 8:46 AM

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