The assistant secretary general of the PS, José Luís Carneiro, this Saturday urged the PSD to give up the “casino policy”, adding that it was time for the opposition to present “some viable proposal for the future country”.
“It’s not enough to criticize, it’s not enough to speak ill, it’s not enough to look for cases and incidents in public life. It’s time for the opposition to present a proposal that can be considered viable for the future of the country,” said the socialist leader, in Baião, where holds the position of president of the municipal assembly.
José Luís Carneiro was speaking in that municipality in the interior of the district of Porto, at the presentation of Paulo Pereira’s re-candidacy for the presidency of the municipal council, by the PS.
Still with the opposition as the target of his speech, Carneiro insisted that it was not “the policy of cases that [os partidos da oposição] manage to reach the confidence of the Portuguese”.
“An alternative is only affirmed, when there is a strategic objective for a country or for a municipality. There is only an alternative when, starting from and with people, a vision for the future is built”, emphasized the number two by António Costa in the Socialist Party, continuing: “Now that we are addressing, for the first time, the new State Budget proposal for next year, now that we will have the Recovery and Resilience Plan, the new multiannual financial framework that, as a whole , represents 40 billion euros to invest in strengthening health care units, to invest in public schools, to reform and modernize the State, to modernize companies, to modernize the economy, it is essential that the main opposition party be able to present a credible and alternative political proposal to the country”.
Carneiro later accused the PSD of “lack of coherence” on the issue of VAT for restoration, in connection with recent statements by the social-democratic leader.
In an interview with the weekly Expresso, Rui Rio said that if he were in Government he would reduce the VAT on restoration from the current 13% to 6% over the next two years, “given that restoration was one of the most massacred sectors” by the covid-19 pandemic , and considers that there is electoralism in a total opening of the country before the municipal elections of 26 September.
In today’s speech in Baião, the PS leader commented: “They [PSD] who were against the VAT reduction from 23% to 13% in the restoration came yesterday [sexta-feira] defend that, after all, they should now reduce from 13% to 6%. It is the opposition’s lack of coherence, the lack of a strategic vision for the country, which means that the PS continues to deserve the trust of the majority of the Portuguese and the prime minister continues to deserve the trust of the majority of the Portuguese”.
The Socialist Deputy General Secretary also alluded to the most recent data on the national economy: “Yesterday, the data showed that we had had a growth of almost five percent in our economy and, the most important sign of what has been happening, we managed to get the unemployment rate to reach 6.9%, that is, we have a lower unemployment rate than we had in 2007 and 2008”.
Carneiro concluded that those indicators constitute “the most evident proof that the policies adopted by the Government had their effects and that investors’ confidence in the country is once again returning”.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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