Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ombudsman: Social Climate in the Netherlands Grim and Intolerant

National Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer, when presenting his 2009 Annual Report to the Parliament, has said that the social climate in the Netherlands is grim and intolerant. This intolerance is fueled by the disproportionate attention of the politicians and media for incidents that are perceived to be deviations from what is the norm. The authorities should avoid polarization and not attack individuals. The authorities have much to learn in this field.

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