This 2013 video is about protests in the Netherlands, against governmental cuts in health care.
After the elections of 12 September 2012, a coalition government was formed in the Netherlands. It consists of the “liberal” economically conservative VVD party, and the social democrat PvdA party; a sister party of the Labour party in Britain.
Dutch voters are unhappy with the coalition’s austerity policies. Polls say that if there would be elections now, both VVD and PvdA would lose about half their voters, meaning the end of the coalition’s majority in the second chamber of parliament (they already don’t have majority in the Senate).
Today, the youth organisation of the PvdA coalition says (translated from the Dutch on their site):
Young Socialists: Financial and economic course of the PvdA is bankrupt
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
“The response to the crisis which the PvdA supports makes no sense and is bankrupt” says [Young Socialists] President Toon Geenen.
In recent weeks, the Young Socialists in the Labour Party have seen with increasing astonishment how the PvdA would like to fight the crisis with still more cuts. Agreements about cuts with trade unions and employers’ organisations have been thrown on the rubbish heap and Rightist dictates from [the European Union in] Brussels are accepted uncritically. More and more insistently, people wonder whether cuts really help to get the Netherlands out of the crisis. In recent years, almost fifty billion euro were cut, and this has led to sustained recessions and fast rising unemployment.
Almost all economists, the IMF included, are pointing out the failure of this crisis response. Next Thursday the PvdA will organizes, partly on the insistence of the Young Socialists, an economists’ debate where economists will try to penetrate the Labour Party. However, we are worried that [PvdA leaders] Samsom and Nijboer will not listen to arguments, looking at the course which they have been rigidly following for weeks. Yet we, along with many others, inside and outside the party, are not giving up.
The investment measures which Samsom suggested this Wednesday in [daily] De Volkskrant are a joke. …
That is why the Young Socialists propose an alternative. First, the PvdA should recognize that the cuts of recent years have been counterproductive. The best remedy for a budget deficit is growth and the PvdA should re-emphasize that. The goal is to convince the VVD of this.
Convincing the VVD of the young socialists’ ideas is extremely improbable. More realistic is a breakdown of the government coalition.
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