2015 budget: Opposition unimpressed with king's speech

2015 budget: Opposition unimpressed with king's speech

17th September 2014, Comments 3 comments

The opposition parties in parliament were unimpressed with the new budget, particularly failure to address tax issues that are long overdue.

The opposition parties in parliament were unimpressed with the budget delivered on Tuesday afternoon, even the three 'friendly' parties who have been working with the government.

Read more: The main points of the 2015 budget

D66 party leader Alexander Pechtold said it is scandalous that the cabinet has postponed an overhaul of the tax system, which is long overdue.

'We have 600,000 unemployed. That should have been a priority for today,' he told broadcaster Nos.

'I cannot demand anything from opposition, but to sit on your hands after two years, with an economy that is so fragile and all the unrest on the borders of Europe is unacceptable,' Pechtold, who has worked with the government on pension and health service reform, said.

Christian Democrat leader Sybrand Buma said the government had shown 'too little ambition'. 'I have the feeling the cabinet is using delaying tactics, he said. 'Tax reform has been delayed and the investment in security is the bare minimum.'

Unworthy of a king

PVV leader Geert Wilders was the most negative, saying the king's speech was 'lacking vision'.

Read more: 'Hatred elsewhere should not spill onto our streets': Dutch king

It was bordering on 'lèse-majesté' to allow the king to read such a bad speech, he said.

Socialist party leader Emile Roemer said the speech was 'unworthy of a king' and a summing up of already published plans.

He said he was surprised the word poverty had not been mentioned once in the text.

From the governing coalition, Labour leader Diederik Samsom agreed that the economic recovery at the heart of the budget is dependent on the international situation.

VVD party leader Halbe Zijlstra added that the economy is more robust now and can absorb a shock. 'That is just as well, as there are threats. The government must hold its course.'

MPs will debate the government's plans over a two-day period, starting on Wednesday.


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3 Comments To This Article

  • elvis posted:

    on 18th September 2014, 22:34:18 - Reply

    Your economy is doomed: I fill my gas tank at 1.49/Liter in Germany. I buy clothing in Germany: better quality and much cheaper. Even toiletries are much better priced in Germany.

    What's causing this? Why is everything more expensive and lower in quality in Germany?
  • carrico posted:

    on 18th September 2014, 17:34:10 - Reply

    Hey, HTD. As usual, I am impressed with your acumen. We could really use you on VoxEurop. Check it out, dude.
  • HTD posted:

    on 18th September 2014, 16:57:12 - Reply

    Hey Alex Pechtold, D66 Top of the List guy, if the VVD PvdA coalitions plans are so bad for next year, why do you continue to support our dysfunctional government? It is not going to get any better by next March. I doubt if voters are going to forget that D66 helped keep them from voting the coalition out of office until the coalition already had caused so much damage.
    As for Diederik Samsom, trying to pawn off his lack of leadership on "the international situation" is laughable, but typical of his usual journey deep down in Denial Land.
    I doubt if Emile Roemer and the SP could find better vote recruiting tactics for their cause than Rutte and Samson's dismal governance performance.