Government has “a mix of the worst of Socrates and Guterres” – Observer

The political commentator and former PSD president, Luís Marques Mendes, said this Sunday that the prospect of instability in the government of António Costa can only “aggravate” and in that path he referred that the request for more stability on the part of the President of the Republic “was one of the most striking speeches he made”.

At a conference promoted by the newspaper Público, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the “path” goes through “Lower the temperature of the lived environment” and for “resisting the systematic temptation” of “nodding to political crises calling for dissolution”.

Luís Marques Mendes, who is close to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and part of the State Council, reiterated the words of the President of the Republic and said: “This Government is at a crossroads, because it has a manufacturing defect: it started without a majority”.

The political commentator also made a comparison between the government of António Costa and those of his two socialist predecessors. “It has a mix of the worst of the two worlds of Socrates and António Guterres”, said. “He inherited the slightly arrogant and authoritarian side from Socrates, which is not a good thing. And he inherited from António Guterres a certain climate of frustration and ungovernability because he has no partner to govern. ”

“This, if not seen carefully, either ends in chaos or ends in the swamp”, predicted Luís Marque Mendes, who predicts a rise in political instability after 2021, the year in which Portugal will have the rotating presidency of the European Union (between January and June) and where there will be local elections.

Until then, said the commentator, “we are not going to have any political crisis.” But neither should there be “a new coalition or a new contraption”, naming the hesitation of the PCP and BE as an impediment. “And then again because António Costa wrinkles his nose at BE”, added Luís Marques Mendes.

Marques Mendes also spoke of the meeting between health ministers from across the European Union, because of the coronavirus, referring that a European Commission source told him that that meeting, which took place on Friday, took place in an environment of “A certain tension and a certain tension”.

There, according to Marques Mendes, he opposed the position of smaller countries (like Portugal), which defend “a more concerted, united and coordinated intervention by the whole EU”, to the position defended by countries like Germany and France, which Marques Mendes says they have a “very nationalist logic, of not exporting some products”.

At issue is the export of masks, gloves and other materials. Both Germany and France, in addition to the Czech Republic, have suspended exports of some of these items.

On the resignation of the president of the Lisbon Court of Appeal, who resigned from office this Monday, Luís Marques Mendes said that Orlando Nascimento “had no alternative”.

“It feels like he was pushed more than on his own initiative, but he left, and well”he commented.

Luís Marques Mendes also pointed out three defects to the Portuguese judiciary, which stands out after the scandal of the distribution of cases to the judges: judge corporatism, deficit of scrutiny and a “very closed world” in justice.

On the other hand, Luís Marques Mendes stressed that “The class of judges is not a corrupt class” and that “the overwhelming majority of judges are good, serious, honest and competent people”. Even so, the commentator fears, the trend, from now on, may be to take the part for the whole. “From now on, if I know the carriage floor well, we will have another national sport, which is the hunt for the judge. I shoot the judge. In other words, trying to discover cases ”, he said.

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