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MPs will debate the government’s plans in two days of debate, starting on Wednesday. Here is a round-up of the reactions to the king’s speech so far.

Labour leader Lodewijk Asscher
‘Many people cannot make ends meet, even though the economy is booming. There is no mention of cuts in rent. More money should be invested in education. Classes are being sent home because they don’t have a teacher and I don’t think the government plans to spend any more money on teachers. But for real progress we have to invest now, in teachers, the police force and healthcare workers.’

D66 parliamentary leader Rob Jetten
‘The king’s speech was an optimistic one but the main message is that people have to actually experience that the economy is doing better. I understand that people are concerned about the cost of making their homes more energy efficient… but industry has to do its part. That is why a carbon tax is being introduced.’

SGP leader Kees van der Staaij
‘The king made it clear that the economy is facing a profit warning and we have to make sure that if there is another crisis that we don’t have to make savings again. We need to make sure that all the holes have been mended if it rains again.’

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver
‘Good things are being done and I appreciated the king’s words about freedom. But the big problems are not being solved. Education still has major problems and you could make major investments but that is not happening. And no solution has been offered for the problem facing youth social services.’

PVV leader Geert Wilders
‘Prime minister Mark Rutte has promised people for years that they would be better off but that has not happened. We have a massive budget surplus. Let us give that to the people.’

FvD leader Thierry Baudet
‘We are being told hallelujah stories about immigration, the EU and climate. But that will cost us out properity. And that means we won’t be able to invest in the public sector. The government is keeping quiet about that.’

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