Dutch PM damaged by budget debate insults

24th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The authority of both the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and parliament has been damaged by the shouting and insults during this week’s budget debate.

According to National Ombudsman Alexander Brenninkmeijer in public radio programme on parliamentary affairs by the TROS broadcasting company, the parliamentary speaker Gerdi Verbeet should have intervened more often.

Mr Brenninkmeijer accused Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders of “provocation and unfounded harsh attacks on fellow MPs.”

During the two-day debate, Mr Wilders referred to Labour leader Job Cohen of being a "company poodle" and told the prime minister to "Act normal!" When challenged about his behaviour he listed earlier excesses by other MPs in the past and claimed that he was the one that was usually vilified. 

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