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Energy Poverty Reaches Working Class

by Oui Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 09:46:18 AM EST

Free Market mechanism of the Conservative Liberals VVD of Mark Rutte ...

No resilience build-in after years of austerity for the lower class and preference treatment of business, financials and mega corporations. Tax benefits and covert deals with Dutch tax authority.

As wealth grows in Dutch financial hub Amsterdam, Rotterdam port, Utrecht University city, and the high-tech areas of Delft-Eindhoven-Twente.

New group of ’working poor' knocks at the office door of debt counselors due to energy crisis. Dutch debt counselors increasingly face threats from customers who are hard hit by rising energy bills, inflation and cost of living. People who were already in a bind are now getting desperate. "People are looking for help who never did that before," said Marco Florijn, chairman of the Dutch Association for Financial Aid Providers (NVVK).

Dutch cabinet plans to pay poor citizens’ energy debts

The cabinet is finalising a plan to help people who cannot afford to pay their energy bills as prices continue to rise, Dutch media NOS reported.

The plan is to help people who can no longer afford to pay their energy bills and risk having their energy cut off. According to NOS, sources in The Hague say this plan could come into action as early as this year before winter arrives.

In the Netherlands, one million households are currently dealing with financial troubles due to rising energy prices. About 600,000 of these homes had reported never having financial difficulties before. Now, these homes have had to deal with debt counselling to get rid of these debts, which is expensive for the government.

Governing is defined as looking forward, be ready for eventualities, put controls in place to regulate public utilities as basic needs of all citizens ...

It is hard to tell how many people are affected by energy poverty in Europe. According to Eurostat, around 31 million Europeans lived in energy poverty last year -2020- but the EU executive's own research body put the number at 50 million people in 2019.

The problem is that there is currently no EU-wide definition of energy poverty.

EU Social Climate Fund report

We want decarbonisation, not de-industrialisation of Europe | EPP |

Lowest poll rating ever ... since nine years ago and austerity measures ...

Gets a 3.3 out of 10 for leadership ... voters finally seeing him who he is ... a charlatan for big business but not for you and me!

Opinion poll: Devastating report figure of 3.3 for cabinet, majority prefers new elections

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 02:15:19 AM EST
Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah!!

Did the Dutch never understand what Libertarian Conservative policy of Mark Rutte was all about? In January this year new cabinet Rutte IV had promoted a spending spree ... hosanna the economy is performing as the best of the West.

New Dutch coalition agreement is farewell to frugality | Dec. 15, 2021 |

A new coalition agreement in the Netherlands has been published after the longest negotiation process ever for the country. Climate change, environment protection, housing, education, childcare and lower taxation are the economic priorities. With larger public deficits, we're seeing a change to the traditionally frugal Dutch stance.

Dutch Prime Minister has hired the largest group of PR people ... and top notch lawyers as advising team. Totally fake ...

Rightwing populist leader, xenophobe, racist policy, business lobby, Tory and Trump in One. 😠

Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 01:38:14 PM EST
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There is little confidence in the ministers who were also part of the Rutte III cabinet. Many people see them as 'unreliable'.

🔸Wopke Hoekstra 20%

🔸Mark Rutte 18%

🔸Hugo de Jonge 17%

🔸Sigrid Kaag 16%

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 02:06:59 PM EST
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Many voters of coalition parties also prefer to go to the polls again.
CDA: 62%
CU: 55%
VVD: 41%
D66: 37%

Read here why they think so ⤵️

Cabinet get low marks for performance and decision making, majority prefers new elections

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 02:08:46 PM EST
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Failed to agree on lowering gas price for consumers and business. Unwilling to offer a compensation schema this year ... on Tuesday the budget and policy initiatives for 2023 must be presented to Parliament ... Prinsjesdag

Twelve months ago ...

Dutch Finance Minister considers options to combat energy crisis| | Oct. 8, 2021 |

Dutch energy prices have risen sharply over the past 12 months as a result of a natural gas shortage across Europe and depleting stocks in the Netherlands. Some families and businesses have already been confronted with significantly higher energy bills, and the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) is demanding the cabinet take action. 

As an EU summit sent Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Slovenia to discuss the bloc's energy crisis, Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that he would do "whatever it takes" to prevent people from facing high energy bills, and that he "expect[s] the cabinet will intervene" in order to tackle the growing issue.

While the cabinet's policies are yet to be determined, sources in The Hague have confirmed that the cabinet is prepared to invest billions into combating the crisis.

Dutch energy prices continue to rise at alarming rate | Oct. 6, 2021 |

A few weeks ago, Dutch energy companies confirmed that, thanks to rising demand and an increasing shortage of natural gas across Europe, the Netherlands would see energy prices reach near-unaffordable levels for many families. Now, figures reveal that the price increase is happening at a much faster rate than predicted. 

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 18th, 2022 at 08:27:04 PM EST
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As usual, reporting on policy and energy goals with statistics are excellent. Translated into reality for the poor less so.

    In the six years since our last fuel poverty strategy, more than 17 million smart meters have been installed, new price caps have protected millions from poor value tariffs and the Government has committed in law to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In the large economies of the UK, Germany and France consumers had some protection by setting price caps for electricity and natural gas. The Dutch are paying the "free market" price and more than double the energy price in Germany. Ridiculous doesn't meet the pain of the poorest living in substandard old homes with energy label F.

In The Netherlands the rich reap the investment subsidies for improvements such as home insulation and solar panels. The landlords of social housing are scum ...

Energy-poor households  are those households that experience inadequate energy services due to high energy prices, low household incomes, inefficient buildings and appliances, and specific household energy needs, vulnerabilities and practices. Households in the social housing sector are likely more vulnerable to energy poverty, because they generally have less financial resources - or lack motivation - to invest in improving the energy performance of their homes.

I remember the 1973 oil boycot and the crisis. The Dutch government started a campaign to subsidize home owners for improvements insulation and double glazing. Than there was a long period of high inflation, high mortgages rates followed by recession, unemployment and all energy goals were halted.

The planet is dying ... 🌎 stop stupid wars.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 08:18:25 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 08:19:10 AM EST
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In this updated version of the classic WWI story, a German schoolboy named Paul and his school friends enlist in the army, only to find themselves to be little more than cannon fodder as the war goes on and on, without an end in sight.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Related reading, a book review ...

The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War I | Smitsonian History |

An international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front was banned and burned in Nazi Germany

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 09:26:45 AM EST
An international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front was banned and burned in Nazi Germany

In the first volume of his autobiography (p.338, Hebrew original), Uri Avnery says that, reading it as a teenager in Germany, made him enthusiastic about the military life. The conventional version you give may not completely reflect the book's reception at the time.

Avnery tells this story after hearing some kids express enthusiasm about the  1948 war after reading "in the Fields of Philistia" which was intended as an antiwar book, and how that led him to write "The other side of the coin".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:48:45 PM EST
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