Friday, February 23

Pampering the self-employed and the middle class: the Costa model contradicts the main lines of sanchismo



The public opinion The Portuguese government has once again placed its trust in the Socialists, in the absence of a solid alternative on the conservative flank. Yes, because the failure of Rui Rio it is resounding, because under its umbrella the PSD (Social Democratic Party) does not grow at all and, to top it off, it sees how votes are going to He arrives (Vox style) and Liberal Initiative.

So the Portuguese await four years of absolute socialist majority, with the right-wing groups with less than 100 deputies, far from the 117 threshold achieved by Antonio Costa.

Absence of critical media

Portuguese-style socialism benefits from a absence of critical media. only the

digital newspaper ‘Observador’ maintains a different perspective, but all the others follow a placid line with the socialist measures.

So there is the breeding ground for believe that everything is going reasonably well in the neighboring country, even though prices are inflated by the overdose of indirect taxes.

This tax base is the main form of collection chosen by the socialist government in recent years, which creates the false expectation that the era of cuts is behind us.

Freelancers do not have to pay fees

In general, the Portuguese socialist ‘method’ is less invasive for the middle classes than the Spanish one, which doesn’t mind garments to suffocate the self-employed and smaller companies… at least judging by the regulatory project that is brought between hands the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

The Portuguese self-employed they don’t have to pay fees nor to declare VAT. Their taxation is 24.5% and occurs once a year, depending on the income they receive. Therefore, it is a human tissue that is not so punished.

Coast generates less discontent

Due to circumstances like these, the perception is that the socialism of Antonio Costa is not so aggressive for the whole of society. Nothing to do with the constant complaints and sectarianism of their Spanish co-religionists.

Sánchez did not hesitate to congratulate his Portuguese colleague, although the degree of discontent that he generates cannot really be compared.

Of course, the Portuguese are aware that the homeland of fado is not going through a good situation, but they attribute it to the action of Covid and the difficult international context. The contexts are, therefore, very different and, furthermore, there is no pressure from 17 autonomies on the other side of the border.

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