Cabinet discord over royal family satire

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10 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Cabinet discord has developed around the satirical portrayal of the Dutch royal family in the nation's media, with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende raising the ire of his two deputies after he leapt to the monarchy's defence last week.

10 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — Cabinet discord has developed around the satirical portrayal of the Dutch royal family in the nation's media, with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende raising the ire of his two deputies after he leapt to the monarchy's defence last week.

The prime minister said on Friday during his weekly press conference that the royal family was too often the butt of derision. Balkenende said he was "unhappy" with TV programmes that poke fun at the royal family and singled out BNN programme Egoland — which uses clay puppets — and said it was a mix of "inventions and half truths".

entions and half truths".

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