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'Everyone will feel the pain', prime minister tells parliament

Tuesday 13 November 2012

‘Everyone will feel the pain’ of the government’s strategy to get the budget deficit under control, prime minister Mark Rutte told parliament on Tuesday at the start of a debate on the new coalition’s plans.

The coalition agreement is the realisation of the difficult times facing the economy, Rutte told MPs. People are aware the crisis will not simply blow over and that everyone will have to foot the bill.

Coupled with measures already taken and in the pipeline, the government will have generated €46bn from extra taxes and spending cuts by 2017, he said.


The prime minister’s statement comes just a day after he apologised for the commotion caused by the coalition’s plans to make health insurance income-dependent.

The unprecedented statement, coming just weeks after the new cabinet was formally sworn in, follows major unease over the effect of the plan on middle incomes which led to it being abandoned.

The coalition has now agreed to take slower steps to reduce the gap between rich and poor by tinkering with the tax-free income base. This will go up for low earners and be reduced or phased out for those on higher incomes over a three-year period.


As leader of the biggest opposition party, Geert Wilders was the first to state his position on the new alliance and recent events.

‘What a mess, what a mockery, what a disgrace from this cabinet, run by a sorry prime minister,’ the leader of the anti-immigration party said.

The debate is set to continue into the evening and resume again on Wednesday.

Is Wilders right? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I think that Wilders is on the right tack with what he said. I bet the Royal Family doesn't feel the pain.

By dee | 13 November 2012 3:26 PM

Wilders himself is mockery. He was the guy asking the prime minister last week to apologize for all the fuss... now Rutte did he calls him a 'sorry prime minister'This is a typical right wing populist discours. When will this dangerous clown being stopped?

By beauguy | 13 November 2012 3:53 PM

So basically, these guys are telling everyone: you should not care about school, you should not go to university, you should not work hard, you should not do any effort to get a better job, don't worry, you can be as lazy as you want in school, university or working.... you will earn the same money!! Don't worry we will take the money from the stupid people who has made these stupid efforts and we will give to you!

Why somebody who has spent endless nights studying and working hard should deserve that money? No, no, no, no, we will tax that stupid guy until he make the same money you do!

+1 seriously thinking in leaving the Netherlands...

By J | 13 November 2012 4:03 PM

But Wilders - very carefully - didn't say anything. How can he be right or wrong?

By Garry | 13 November 2012 4:05 PM

I second Dee on that. Why should everyone feel the pain? Make those who afford to give a little share a little bit more (and that can very nicely start with the Royal family).

By Michael | 13 November 2012 4:13 PM

I bet Wilders won't feel the pain, along with the rest of the Politicians either.

By Mus | 13 November 2012 4:36 PM

I agree whith Wilders, dee, the Royals just continue to up their expenses, salaries, take take but seem to put not much back in.

By AndyT | 13 November 2012 5:43 PM

Rubbish! Wilders would not have done anything better;no one can do anything better.Fact is no matter who leads there is still a deficit and we are all going to pay for it.Here is an idea though, why don't they take away all those luxuries prisoners get? Why do we, the tax payers have to suffer while jail birds order from Albert Heijn & have private cells with flat screen TV's?

By Emma-Olivia | 13 November 2012 6:49 PM

Wilders has got it spot on.

By woods | 13 November 2012 9:24 PM

It is becoming apparent what the European community really is.
A travesty for imposing a well disguised bureaucratic dictatorship and undermine democratic values by bending voters will to serve the interest of lobbies, banks and corporations.

if it's the time for pain it is also time for payback.

By Alberto | 13 November 2012 9:41 PM

'Everyone will feel the pain', prime minister tells parliament.. (except those that have real money, they are the untouchables as usual.)

'Can't think of anything more scary than a small handful of unqualified people in charge of an entire nation: don't forget that they were elected for their popularity, not expertise..

By The visitor | 13 November 2012 11:00 PM

What a joke of a government we have here now...

Barely in the door and already a massive disappointment.

By B | 14 November 2012 7:48 AM

I have never heard Wilders say one thing that is positive. Until he does he is an irrelevance.

By Peter Alt | 14 November 2012 7:51 AM

Geert Wilders is correct.

What is wrong with the Netherlands? It's this superficial need to re-assure themselves how "liberal" they are and redistribute the wealth.

Why are so many Turkish and Morocan's here? Because it's easy to take advantage of the system and take hard-working people's pay. They work part time or not at all, and claim to need the govt help. All the people living in govt-subsidized housing are doing the same. Why claim you earn above the threshold if you don't have to and can still pay less than 500 euros rent while someone who can't claim will pay more than double for it.

Dutchies your govt is full of it!! Don't give up any more taxes!

By Jimbo | 14 November 2012 8:17 AM

@J: you are right on spot. This country does not value hard working highly educated individuals.

They are right to be honest, they are small and non relevant and don't need such individuals. All they need are cheese makers, bread makers, and bike makers and some losers to fall for their "trade".

Highly educated and hard working individuals are far better off in Germany, Belgium, Canada, the US, Australia, NZ, and United Arab Emirates.

By dork | 14 November 2012 8:36 AM

As if the poor, weak, old, unemployed, handicapped and many who are going to lose their jobs not suffering enough. Two big jokers seem to be in charge of NL now.

By ufo | 14 November 2012 8:40 AM

It is time long overdue that Dutch people protest against this insanity of bailing out failed European banks, let them fail! There is nothing in our constitutions that allows the bailout of private banking institutions that are corrupt and have failed because of risky investments with depositors savings. People in the Netherlands need to wake up and insist that their 'latest dysfunctional government', reflects the wishes of the electorate majority, and immediately stop bailing out the corrupt minority?

By Highlander | 14 November 2012 9:51 AM

@Emma-Olivia ,agree; could we start please with all perfectly-healthy never employed burgers ? I work for them ,never have a parking place because they are home all day ,i cannot sleep because they need to party,and so on.And no,they are not buitenlanders.
But wait,this is not a problem....

By Nonsense | 14 November 2012 9:51 AM

Wilders is right. The Royal family is really an expense and should not be respected by the people of the Netherlands. They should follow the Spanish Royal family good example.

By wang | 14 November 2012 10:03 AM

This is ridiculous. Wilders didn't say anything, he just took a cheap shot.
"Spot on"? Seriously?
And enough of this crap about the royal family already. They're hardly the issue. Even if we took everything they have we'd still be in the exact same situation for years to come.

By radu | 14 November 2012 10:56 AM

Agree with Alberto!Common currency, ongoing forced integration of naturally different nations, incoming fiscal pact - those are the tools to surrender the whole continent to the rule of few fat cats.

If election could change anything it would have been forbidden for a long time now.

By kar | 14 November 2012 11:41 AM

"Everyone will feel the pain"......once they've finished with us yes........

By Marco | 14 November 2012 11:50 AM

Look on the bright side, everyone. You could be stuck with Barry Obama for another 4 years.

By George | 14 November 2012 2:30 PM

I'd be delighted if Rutte and Wilders were to both retire in obscurity.

By Quince | 14 November 2012 4:05 PM

@George I Agree, Americans will now have to suffer Obama's Socialist Healthcare being forced on everyone. Hope & Change doesn't always mean for the better even if the lesser of two evils was chosen to be President once again. Doesn't seem to be many educated & experienced politicians in political positions anymore, anywhere.

By Alice | 14 November 2012 4:45 PM

DEFICITS AND DEBT are not just the fact route to it, they ARE slavery. In North America credit cards are the easy way into it, in the Netherlands people easily borrowed more on the equity (paper value) in their house (to qualify for hypotheekrenteaftrek). White knight Geert Wilders along with other leaders pay attention to the effect this slavery has.

If Rutte can reduce the reliance on government handouts (yes, including the little czars of government departments earning more than ministers), he will have, in my estimation, earned his keep.

There is very little the government does well. They just can't manage people's money.

By Albert Kuyerhuis | 14 November 2012 5:19 PM

DEFICITS AND DEBT are not just the fast route to it, they ARE slavery. In North America credit cards are the easy way into it, in the Netherlands people easily borrowed more on the equity (paper value) in their house (to qualify for hypotheekrenteaftrek). White knight Geert Wilders along with other leaders pay little or no attention to the effect this slavery has.

If Rutte can reduce the reliance on government handouts (yes, including the little czars of government departments earning more than ministers), he will have, in my estimation, earned his keep.

(fixed some errors in my earlier posting, sorry.)

By Albert Kuyerhuis | 14 November 2012 7:29 PM

The notion that foreigners work less than the average "Jeroen" is nonsense
and fictitious propaganda.
An article on Dutchnews was reporting the Dutch national figure of total worked hours in a given week at 36.

And that was generous since there are some studies that put it at 32 average; on top of that, the autochtones are the ones holding the majority of part-time jobs.

I guess the time of colonialistic imperialism has ended so please take note, the party is over.

Some people will always believe what suit them best like in US where 25%
of the population still firmly believes their actual president is not legally a US citizen.

Wat zeg je ?!

By Alberto | 14 November 2012 8:10 PM

I support Wilders 100% all of the time, he is my leader!

By phil | 15 November 2012 10:20 AM

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