PSD Calls for ‘Less State and More Civil Society’

This Friday, the head of the PSD, Roy Rio, distanced himself from the government’s program, arguing that this document should include “less state and more civil society,” with greater support for businesses and a lower tax burden.

At the end of the debate on the program of the twenty-third constitutional government, at the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon, Roy Rio said that “given the results of the elections, the Socialist Party has full legitimacy to form a government and present the program that it understands well”, but the PSD does not see itself in this The document is not in this “political position”.

“For us, there will be more rigor and less facilitation; a long-term vision and less marketing concerns; more reformist ethos and less media focus; more business support and less tax burden; and, very clearly, less state and more civil society,” he advocated.

The leader of the Social Democrats also advocated the need to “reconsider the constitution, reform the electoral system, modernize the law and work of political parties, strengthen decentralization and modernization of justice, and enhance their effectiveness and transparency in their work.”

“These are essential aspects of returning action and decision to those who are truly committed to serving the collective interest and not to the interest that best suits them. This is what we would like to see translated into the political intentions of this legislature. He stressed that this is what we have not discovered in the political will of those who will continue to rule us.”

Rio also said that the executive’s program “appears to read between the lines that the government is finally beginning to realize the misfortune that the public services have thrown,” accusing the Socialists of a ruling in the past six years that “has been characterized by facilitation and a lack of rigor.”

The social democracy leader highlighted the health and justice sector as “areas where performance has been severely deteriorating”.

In the field of health, Rio retreated from the campaign trail and fired: “The Socialist Party hastened to pervert the proposals of the PSD in the field of health, inventing that we wanted to change the constitution drastically, but in fact, the government itself does not conform to the same constitution., when forbidden, In practice, in due course, citizens’ access to public health services.”

“In order to fulfill the promises made by PS and for the given word to be fulfilled, the values ​​promised, whether for the national minimum wage or for pensions or civil service salaries, must be adjusted to a level and caution against inflation which we have to confront”, under penalty of “loss of Noticeable in the purchasing power of pensioners, civil servants and workers in general, that is, the opposite of what has been repeatedly pledged.” [pelo PS] “.

Rio insisted on the fuel tax burden, which “has always been heavy, but with PS rule, it has reached historically high levels”.

“Additional taxes, like the character of socialist rule, always lead to fewer business initiatives and less economic growth,” he said.

In the opinion of the leader of the SPD, “it is the firms that can create the best jobs and the best wages.”

Supporting them today means fulfilling the promises of a better life for all Portuguese in the future. Doing the opposite, as PS did in general, is, in practice, to deceive people; both those who like to be deceived and those who naively insist on believing in Santa Claus in pink ‘ he said jokingly.

Rio insisted again on one of the themes of her first intervention in this debate which divided PS and PSD during the election campaign, asserting that “the government has subsidized even some companies, specifically those it should not, the big ones, with increasing reliance on the state and power political”.

“There has been no shortage of Novo Banco public funds, TAP or EDP tax credits. In fact, TAP does not cease to be a blatant disdain for taxpayers,” he criticized.

Rui Rio classified TAP as “a bank of public money, which, due to its negative results and behavior, does not deserve the respect of the Portuguese taxpayer”.

“With the active complicity of the last two governments, TAP has become more than a bad regional corporation, paying out of our money all, even from those who shamefully despise it. He stressed that the election results legitimize the government in its politics, but that cannot be a reason to silence the DSD,” he stressed. The public voice her voice of deep disagreement and deep resentment at what we would classify as a real shame.”

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