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Prime minister tells senate wide support for policies is crucial

Wednesday 05 December 2012

The cabinet will look for as broad support as possible for its plans, in both the upper and lower houses of parliament, prime minister Mark Rutte told the senate on Tuesday.

Rutte was speaking during a debate in the senate on the government’s strategy for the coming year. The Labour-Liberal cabinet is eight seats short of a majority in the 75 seat upper house.

With ministers asking so much from the ordinary citizen, a ‘simple majority’ in favour of their plans is not enough, Rutte told senators.


During the debate, the cabinet’s plans were heavily criticised by the opposition.

The Christian Democrats and Socialists, both of whom could help the coalition to a majority, are unhappy at plans to reduce the income gap between rich and poor. The CDA says middle income families are being hardest hit while the SP does not think the changes go far enough.

The aim of cabinet policy is to ‘make the economic dip as shallow as possible’ so the Netherlands can profit when the recovery sets in, the prime minister said.

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Readers' Comments

The answer lies here....... After much heated debate, the Icelandic government, the financial sector, and the federation of businesses agreed on a comprehensive debt-relief programme.

The main components were as follows:

• For the household sector, debt in excess of 110% of the fair value of each property was written off. Specific relief measures (administrated by a bank or a new debtors ombudsman) applied for those that could not service a reduced loan.

• Low-income, asset-poor households with high-interest mortgage payment got a temporary subsidy from the government.

• Small to medium sized firms could apply for debt relief if they could credibly document positive cash flow from future activities. Why can the EU not follow there example?


By Highlander | 5 December 2012 10:04 AM

The sick thing is that this debt is not even real money: it's electronic debit blips in cyberspace generated by electronic credit blips in cyberspace... all of them generated by the insane evil of Fractional Reserve Lending a.k.a. plucking imaginary money out of thin air, selling the imaginary money at high interest rates and demanding payment in real money for the imaginary money. You can only inflate this sort of balloon so much before it bursts... the instantaneous deflation of which bursting implodes the whole economy.

By Highlander | 5 December 2012 10:06 AM

"a ‘simple majority’ in favour of their plans is not enough..."

The "collective blame" card: gets his neck out of the noose and shares the blame.

By H. | 5 December 2012 1:28 PM

@Highlander: Why can't the Eeeuuww follow Iceland's example?

Because you cannot reason with a self-elected smirk-faced duo, heading a dictatorial fascist bankers cartel that put their self-interests before that of the people: they are definitely NOT in service for us, or is my brain made of scrambled egg?

By The visitor | 5 December 2012 6:00 PM

@scrambled egghead

Ditto. Its a complete farce, methinks, 2013/2014 the cracks will be appearing. There is a wind of change blowing from the south?

By Highlander | 6 December 2012 5:09 PM

"Stand up, and with your hand on the bible
Tell the truth to one and all"

By Terence Hale | 6 December 2012 8:35 PM

@Highlander: yup, with even more nasty chem trails :P

By The scrambled egg visitor | 6 December 2012 9:39 PM

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