Costa admits that Cavaco Silva is “a little sad” after the defeats at the PSD and in the country

Costa admits that Cavaco Silva is “a little sad” after the defeats at the PSD and in the country

Antonio Costa took over these positions in an interview promoted by the Clube de Jornalistas, in partnership with the Lusa Agency and the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 25 de Abril and the 40th anniversary of the club.

In the latter part of the interview, Antonio Costa encountered an article by Cavaco Silva, published in the Publico newspaper, in which the current prime minister was criticized for his lack of courage.

“No one is a good judge in his case and some are not good judges in someone else’s case,” began the reaction of the chief executive.

Cavaco Silva’s article, according to the prime minister, “contains no good news as to what is known as his thought”.

For Antonio Costa, it is “an article that is perhaps more sour than usual”. “But you have to be fair and realize that anyone who has just been defeated in the PSD and yet another defeat in the country can be a bit stressful,” he commented.

The fundamental difference lies, in Antonio Costa’s view, about “what Professor Cavaco Silva understands what reforms are necessary for the country” and what the Secretary General of the Socialist Party considers necessary.

“Cavaco Silva, like the right usually, understands that the main reforms are the financial shock and labor market liberalization. I understand that the main investment that we need to make to improve the productivity of companies and the competitiveness of the country is the investment of qualifications and innovation.”

But Antonio Costa went further in his criticism.

“If Cavaco Silva had implemented my idea during his rule, the country’s GDP would have been frankly different. At the moment, I respect his opinion and he certainly respects mine. That’s why there is democracy,” he said.

The basic idea of ​​Cavaco Silva, according to Antonio Costa, is that with socialist governments the country does not grow.

“But if we look at the soap operas, we can see the following: the country grew more in the years of Antonio Guterres than in the years of Cavaco Silva; and more in the years of Jose Socrates than in the years of Durao Barroso and Santana López. In this regard, it has grown significantly not only More than average years for Pedro Passos Coelho – but it would be unfair to make that comparison given the circumstances in which he ruled. [o anterior primeiro-ministro] — but also seven times the average of the past 14 years.”