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It is already the second ultimatum that Portugal has received from the islands of the United Kingdom.
The first was in 1890, when the British government of the Victorian Era threatened our country with war if we continued with the intention of the Pink Map. Our recently crowned king, D. Carlos, protests, but he can do more than retreat in the face of a power exponentially superior to ours, not so high casualties, both military and civilian.
Now, more than a century later, we have another ultimatum but this time from Ireland.
The Ryanair executive recently sent an electoral letter to our Prime Minister, asking him to demand that TAP release the 18 daily ‘slots’ that, according to Michael O’Leary, “the Portuguese airline cannot and will not use this summer of 2022”. If this fleet is not concerned with an Irish working airline 7 that has to operate Lisbon or our country with less than 22 routes and 150 jobs.
Comparing the 2022 ultimatum of 2022 to this study, quite prominently, even today, from our previous governments.
The ultimatum of the English regime 1899, is born in our English and there is clearly an imperialist position towards the British country itself, if Portugal does not give in to the request of the British, it will suffer as consequences with an invasion. In this case the English claim aims only at all the advantages to be obtained for its nation by resorting to the threat to another country.
King D. Carlos, wanting to avoid the worst for his people, accepts the ultimatum in the form of a protest. It wouldn’t be worth it to be at war over the dispute over territories, which were not even Portuguese, and to lose lives for something so insignificant. It was the most sensible and correct choice.
The 2022 student ireland ultimatum to our country is born in an irish woman and, unlike the previous ultimatum, there is a ‘management lesson’ style alert/classroom position, in which the teacher is Michael O’Leary and the teacher is António Coast. In this case Irish claim aims to effectively help your company and also our country without harming anyone. An Irish private company showing more strength and power than a European government (the point we’ve come to!!).
In an ideal market, TAP would never be able to and would only keep those ‘slots’ for another, more efficient company. TAP manages to maintain it because it has its private bank behind it that finances all the financial holes, the Portuguese state and therefore the Portuguese taxpayer.
If the Portuguese have the same decision as King Carlos had, looking out for the best interests, then logically for TAP that logically grew the 1 ‘slots’, allowing a government of autonomy of our economy.
If António Costa decides to ignore the Irish pretensions, we will not be invaded, on the contrary: Ryanair leaves Lisbon, forwarding its planes to another country more competitive than ours and leaving us with 22 fewer routes, 7 planes, thousands of tourists and a few million euros in our coffers.
In the first ultimatum, Portugal, in the name of stability for the country, gave in against its will. In the latter, Portugal, in the name of stability for the country, must give in because it must be its will.