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While half the world marveled at the London affair, coalition ministers and factional leaders held frantic consultations. 24 hours before Budget Day and a way to prevent social chaos and a collapse of the economy has yet to be worked out.
Still, how hard can it be? Jesse Klaver and Attje Kuiken had already explained it to the public in Buitenhof on Sunday afternoon. Energy users pay the January tariff for the first 1,000 kilos of gas and the first 3,300 kWh of electricity. Market prices will apply if there is more consumption. Their entire plan with all the details, they announced, had long been in the possession of the Cabinet.
Companies that say they can’t just implement this system are informing you that this is a matter of addition and multiplication. ABN AMRO – still half state-owned – complicated the situation by calling for the measures to be postponed. A team led by Chief Economist Sandra Phlippen (from VPRO Zomergasten) has calculated that many consumers currently still have an old contract with moderate tariffs. She fears driving inflation. Therefore, she will postpone the graduation scheme until next year.
The facts teach otherwise. By now, everyone knows people in their own environment who are completely shocked by their new contract. If they do not already have such a declaration of war from the energy company in house.
Simple solution: The graduated system takes effect as soon as old contracts expire. Again, how hard can it be? Why does it take so long to talk about this? When it’s all this complicated, unwilling companies screw up their computers and go back to abacus and Italian bookkeeping. It is and will be a matter of addition and subtraction. Not anymore.
If the government implements this and announces it immediately – don’t wait for Budget Day – then the panic from society will disappear. Then the households get something to hold on to. There will still be families who even then get into trouble, for example because they are working poor in draughty, non-insulated slums, but you can still compensate for these with support schemes, as they are apparently prepared and carefully leaked to the right. media.
Ban gas and electricity shutdowns until they are in place and do so retroactively. You can even consider paying energy surcharges directly into the energy companies’ bills, so that they can then settle them with the customers. Provide cheap loans to suppliers who are in trouble due to these emergency measures.
For the third time: how hard can it be?
Cost? The government can still borrow at a low interest rate. Make it a loan with a very long term. This is done in wartime conditions. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are good at it. Yes! For years there have even been eternities, perpetual bonds that are never redeemed. Don’t be distracted by empty talk about children and grandchildren. Keep your concerns for your children’s children, how or whether they will earn a living, then leave them a prosperous and clean country, no poor chaos with great contrasts between rich and poor.
And in the short term: National solidarity is needed to make Putin smell our shit. Then you don’t drive families and businesses to ruin because the fight for our freedom comes first and requires sacrifices or something. Then we keep each other afloat. All. Without exception. Otherwise, it still goes wrong.
For the fourth time: how hard can it be?
For the rest, I am of the opinion that the subsidy scandal should not disappear from the public’s attention, and neither should the affair surrounding Groningen natural gas.
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Update: According to AD, the coalition was out on Monday afternoon. She wants to introduce a price ceiling from 1 November. There is now a consultation with the energy companies about how and apparently not about what. The rooms also have to agree, but that’s fine. This means that all new contracts from the last few months must be reviewed, and the sky-high advances are gone.