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 that it should have for people in their pockets on Prince's Day, but the PvdA leader 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 Assscher. "For many people that is more concrete than the story that the king gave in the throne speech. People 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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"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 observes that last year's cabinet did not live up to its promise that every Dutch person would notice something of economic growth. "We have to conclude that that has still not happened."
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"Throne speech honest and hopeful story"
ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers now expresses the hope that "the Dutch will notice something of economic growth", but 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 that can influence 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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