A couple of days ago, António Costa recalled a “very painful experience” of the local authorities and the “illusion of the polls” that made the PS lose the Lisbon Chamber. PS. Ricochete and the lisboetas were irritated with everything that would be frozen or lost to the socialists, if the Coins had not got to work to correct the alleged point of work done and rescheduled the document already for Tuesday.
António Costa knows what the comma negotiation cost. This is what he did for part of the eight years he led the Lisbon Chamber and again in government for the last six. But in order to have governments like that, it is not enough to have the skills of being a good negotiator, it is necessary on the right side to open their eyes and open their interests ahead of their own.
The PS that is maintained by the Lisbon municipality has difficulty in assuming this position. And the PS that runs again to be government is far from maintaining – and that’s why he changed his speech, with Costa at the head asking for what he spent six years avoiding saying he wanted, but which he now assumes as if he had never doubted be the solution that suits you: an absolute majority.
The request for support of the majority of requests for support of the majority of requests for support of the uncountable majority of the manifesto of the undisputed majority.
It is a unique way of “correcting what was wrongly done” (who ruled in recent years?!), say people like Rosa Mota (the same one who this week called Rui Rio “Nazizinho”) or Valter Hugo Mãe (who in The same occasion accused the PSD leader of having blown up culture in Porto, but has no say in the glorious attention and respect shown by Costa and this government to the cultural sector).
It is a unique way, defending signatories such as the maestro Victorino d”Almeida or the architect Eduardo Souto Moura, to “continue to report and increase” family incomes – not all of them, of course, there is that exception of the almost 2 million Portuguese who lived already at the end of 2019 below the poverty line; and of another quarter of the families that the pandemic pushed into the hole; and the small detail that, today, six out of ten poor people are unable to improve their lives in Portugal… e It is beginning to be difficult to glue this to the troika and make the argument take six years with the PS at the helm supported by the extreme left.
It is to be bet on the “reinforcement of the following months” to write, probably S. de São João, Setúbal, Braga because they were not able to work and were ignored by the government.
Costa is right to ask for an absolute majority. With the left, he is far from negotiating and knows that he has nowhere else to go. With the PAN, the sheets must maintain the promotion of Portugal, whether they are the best for the best place at the top of European re-industrialization, or as samarras that can escape or the Mikas of Inês Sousa Real, “afraid of seeing any more animal to turn collar”. With this scenario, you are only able to find interlocutors where those with common sense say that they have been looking for a long time. And Costa hates following advice.