The moment to which Echenique refers took place this Wednesday night, when the journalist spoke of the “extreme rise” in electricity bills, “which has opened a debate on whether the Government should lower the VAT on electricity.”
The presenter then assured that it is a debate identical to the one that occurred with the price of masks, when the Executive argued that the European Union did not allow it. “At that time it was shown that the European Union did not put any problem,” added Vallés, who assured that now the Government returns to “the excuse of Brussels.”
“Antena 3 Noticias has consulted the European authorities in Brussels and the answer is that there is nothing to prevent the Spanish Government from lowering the VAT on electricity,” said the presenter, who showed the European Union directive.
Later, Vallés assured that several countries already have a lower VAT than Spain. “Whether the VAT goes down or not depends on a sovereign decision of the PSOE-Podemos coalition government,” concluded Vallés before recalling that Iglesias and Sánchez demanded other governments to prevent the increases in electricity that occurred in previous years.
Then he took a cut from Pablo Iglesias in 2017: “It is a shame that the electricity companies continue to put their hand in the pocket of the citizens.”
Then, Vallés showed his surprise that Podemos ask the PSOE to lower the VAT on electricity, since that party has “five members who sit every Tuesday in the councils of ministers.”
After that, Echenique has assured that the journalist “manipulated the words of Pablo Iglesias” to “attack the Government and Podemos and to protect the billion-dollar profits of the electricity companies that rob you with the electricity bill.”
“The manipulation is so crude that it is very easy to dismantle,” said the Podemos member, who said it was surprising “the campaign that is made to lower the VAT on electricity.”
“You know why? Because lowering the VAT does not cost a euro to the electricity companies. Of course, it reduces state income, damaging health, education or dependency “, criticized Echenique, who says that Podemos’ proposal is” to eliminate the ‘benefits that have fallen from the sky’ so that the lower bill is paid the electricity companies, which are being covered, and not public health ”.
“But, of course, this proposal, which appears in the coalition agreement, Vicente Vallés does not tell you. He prefers to campaign for a right-wing proposal that protects the billion-dollar benefits of electricity companies and damages public services ”, he lamented.
“Vicente only tells you about his right-wing proposal,” continued Echenique, who stressed that Vallés “has every right to engage in politics from television, but manipulating the words of the Vice President of the Government to protect the electricity oligopoly is already a little uglier ”.
“And, above all, that they do not call it information ‘, which is something else,” he concluded.
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