The coordinator of the Left Block (BE), Catarina Martins, and the president of the Liberal Initiative (IL), João Cotrim Figueiredo, were today face to face at Sic Notícias, in a debate for the legislative elections of January 30, always in a cordial tone and where the main exchanges of accusations came to an end.“In health, as in school and a little like everything else, the issue of the Liberal Initiative is not freedom of choice, it’s putting the state to finance various private businesses. The Liberal Initiative, which doesn’t like the State at all, later wants to a kind of ‘Papa State’ to pay for everyone’s business”, said Catarina Martins, at the moment when the debate came to the issue of education.
The BE leader – who has repeatedly criticized that IL has not yet presented an electoral program – recalled a proposal from the 2019 liberal program in which it was suggested that Portugal stop funding public higher education, “thus pushing students towards credits to 30 years with 3% interest plus spread to fully finance their studies”, considering that the party “is very expensive” for the younger generation of this country.
In the reply, João Cotrim Figueiredo said that, despite enjoying answering this question of education, he did not want to “let the debate end” without talking about his main focus in this campaign, which is economic growth.
“The Left Bloc has zero proposals on economic growth. By the way, I would like to know what is the economic model that the Left Bloc defends”, he criticized, taking advantage of this reasoning to give a new name to Catarina Martins’ party, which should be known as the “left lock”.
For the only liberal deputy, BE, “which was once a party loved by the younger generations, today it has completely lost this ability to be a beacon for those who want a more modern Portugal”.
“What the Liberal Initiative offers young people is to start their lives with a monumental credit on top so they can study if they’re not millionaires, it’s to pay rents in a deregulated market that they can’t afford and work without rules, not even salary rules, and, therefore, with very low salaries”, replied, in the reply, the bloquist leader.
Catarina Martins considered that the “idea of a Portugal in which only a few have the opportunity and the generality is completely abandoned is an absurd, old idea”, with Cotrim Figueiredo countering that this is not the party’s idea.
“And the Liberal Initiative can make irresponsible propaganda, but it has no idea that would allow anyone to build a life here and we have not given up on our country”, said Catarina Martins, ending the debate.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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