After all, who is the prime minister?
António Costa’s acceptance to be part of Filipe Vieira’s honorary committee (honor ?! .. only the name makes you want to laugh …) is intriguing and inexplicable to say the least. I remember that Socrates has not yet been tried or convicted. However, it was enough for António Costa, who was not Prime Minister, to think that he had to keep a safe distance from his great friend and to whom he owed so much. (…) In addition, Filipe Vieira, in addition to being accused of corruption by magistrates, the most serious in the history of Portuguese justice, whose accusation has been going on for days, is one of the biggest debtors of Novo Banco, one of the biggest scandals in Portuguese politics and finances, whose audit has just been known.
So what is it that prompts a Prime Minister to put his head on his head for an individual with this program, when the most basic common sense advises against it and the government’s code of conduct prohibits it? What credibility and moral authority does António Costa now have to invest taxpayers’ money in Novo Banco, as he offers his honor to support one of the biggest debtors of BES and Novo Banco? (…)
The New York Times published an article in April entitled “Benfica, a sovereign state”. Pippo Russo, in a recent interview with Saturday magazine, hinted that the Portuguese state was an enclave within the sovereign state of Portuguese football. And Pedro Guerra, in his emails, treated Filipe Vieira like our Prime Minister. Now of the two, either Filipe Vieira is in fact the Prime Minister of Portugal, or there must be a very strong hidden reason for António Costa to accept suicide politically, denying himself in public his honor and credibility. Is Rui Pinto able to decode this mystery?
Santana-Maia Leonardo, Ponte de Sor
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Covid-19 and common sense
While not often considered as large as it should be, the number of active covid-19 cases may be one of the important data to keep. On August 1, the number of active cases in Portugal was 12,790, on September 1, 14573 and September 12, 17556, that is, between August 1 and September 1, the increase was 13.9%, but between 1 September and September 12, this increase reached 20.5%. In addition, on August 1, the number of people hospitalized was 375, including 40 in intensive care, and on September 12 the number of people hospitalized was 438 (16.8% more), 59 (47.5% more ) of which in intensive care. These are simple values in which, without panic, without fear but with civic responsibility, we must meditate. It is necessary to ‘normalize’ life as much as possible, but it is also necessary, in the interest of everyone and of the Portuguese economy, to act responsibly. It may not be easy times, but I am confident because in general the Portuguese are responsible and common sense people.
Manuel Morato Gomes, Senhora da Hora