PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher understands the people who think they will not feel economic growth again. For the third year in a row, it was about the growing economy and the positive consequences it should have for people in their wallets on Prince's Day, but Asscher thinks that the people who are skeptical about it are "right on their side".
"The energy bill is getting higher and the VAT increase has major effects," says Asscher. "For many people that is more concrete than the story the king gave in the throne speech. They will continue to feel: that growth is not for us."
Asscher therefore argues for investments in the public sector. "You see that it is squeaking in that sector, so that is perhaps more important than filling the coffers as quickly as possible. Investing in the public sector is important for the quality of our society. If your children get good lessons, they will go think up good things that will give us jobs later. "
Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) sees in the speech a "future story", in which was told "where we should go with the Netherlands". But he does think that the government's plans are "in stark contrast" with the speech to the throne. "I am afraid that 2020 will be a lost year."
Klaver thinks that people will not feel economic growth again. "We cannot live up to the promise that people will all make progress. Too little attention is paid to the things that make people's lives more expensive. Think of their own payments to care, or the messages that have become more expensive."
Klaver argues for a government that provides "major services". "Make public transport, childcare and groceries cheaper. That is also a way for people to keep more."
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'Hoped for a substantial tax reduction'
PVV leader Geert Wilders thought the speech was "a meager story". However, he did not see that as the king's fault, "because he also reads the contents of Prime Minister Rutte".
"I had hoped that there would be a substantial tax reduction," said Wilders. "We have 10 billion euros in surplus on the shelf. That is simply too much paid tax money. People earn back in their wallets."
Wilders is afraid that the "declining economic growth" will eventually lead to a new crisis. "Surely it will not be the case that new tax increases and spending cuts will come? People have to turn around every ten, this is the time to give something back."
"The word wages did not appear in the speech of the throne"
Lilian Marijnissen (SP) noticed that the word 'wages' did not appear in the speech. "While in recent weeks much has been about huge economic growth and half of the Netherlands does not notice it. That is because wages hardly increase."
"I thought the government would now say that, for example, the minimum wage would go up, or the salaries in the public sector would be increased, but I heard nothing about it," she continues. "In fact, the king came up with a kind of profit warning. Now the economy is doing well, but beware: from next year it may be less."
Marijnissen sees that the government did not live up to last year's promise that every Dutch person would notice some of the economic growth. "We have to conclude that that has still not happened."
181Speech from the throne, beard and balcony scene: Prince's Day from hour to hour
"Throne speech optimistic, but not exulting"
In the coming year, Dutch people do not expect a VAT increase, as was the case at the start of this year. VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff thinks that this contributes to the awareness of people that the country is doing well economically. "Last year we eased some loads, but also some loads went up. I hope it makes us feel more tangibly."
Dijkhoff believes that the speech from the throne had a "good tone": "It was positive and optimistic, but not exulting."
ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers also hopes that "the Dutch will notice some of the economic growth", but he emphasizes that the government must be honest about that. "In the past few years people have seen improving purchasing power as a promise, but we cannot control the intersections of life. We cannot influence divorce or another job, but it can affect your bill. "
"That is why we focus on what we can influence, namely reducing costs," says Segers. He thought King Willem-Alexander's throne speech "an honest story that offered hope."
'Understand that people think: first see, then believe'
Rob Jetten even spoke of "one of the most beautiful throne speeches" he had ever heard. "It was an optimistic story, with a touch of realism in it and in which the word future appeared eleven times," said the D66 foreman.
"We do everything we can to make sure that next year people notice something of economic growth by reducing the burden on workers and investing in the housing market, but I completely understand that people think: first see, then believe."
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