With the Netherlands in the midst of its second Covid-19 blockade and considering a day-long curfew to control escort, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition government is on the verge of collapse over a child benefit scandal that has rocked the country.
The government decided on Tuesday evening to extend the blockade until February 9 at least, but until then the Dutch could be on track for an early general election if the cabinet decides on Friday to drop the benefits dispute.
At the heart of the controversy are about 20,000 branded and fraudulent families claiming special childcare benefits between 2012 and 2017. Many of them plunged into serious debt from repayments. Twenty legal proceedings began in the supreme court this week.
However, the scale of the scandal and a damn report last month, An Unprecedented Mistake, showed the tremendous extent to which politicians continued to allow the tax office unlimited control over mismanagement of the benefits scheme, despite a growing protest.
Mr Rutte has promised a substantive response to Friday’s report and is believed to want to stay long to oversee compensation and fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the four coalition parties are divided in their strategies.
In particular Sigrid Kaag, the recently elected leader of the new center-left D66 partner, says she believes the political consequences of the report are inevitable.
The opposition has also been tarnished. On Thursday, Labor leader Lodewijk Asscher, who was social affairs minister in a former Rutte coalition at the height of the scandal, resigned.
However, this is unlikely to allay public anger that the only resignation of the government so far has been that of a small ministry.
If the government falls, catapulting ahead of the March 17 election, Mr Rutte and his ministers, including Health Minister Huge de Jonge, in charge of fighting Covid-19, will remain in charge until a new government is formed, which usually lasts many months.
The number of new infections has been slowly declining. The weekly figure was down 12.5 percent in the first full week of the new year compared to the previous seven days.
The daily rate was 4,986 in the 24 hours to Tuesday, the first time below 5,000 since December 2nd. The reproduction rate or R number is 0.95.
The coronavirus variant in the UK now accounts for 2-5 per cent of new Dutch cases, including an explosion at an elementary school where a 38-year-old teacher died.
On Tuesday, Mr Rutte commented: What we see coming out of Britain and Ireland is alarming and shocking.
The spread of the most infectious variant is prompting calls for a nationwide curfew from 8am to 4pm to further limit contacts.
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