The President also recalled that the Constitution has “values of social justice” there. In a year in which the Government, because of the pandemic, prohibited the right to work for a very high number of Portuguese – “Everyone has the right to work”, according to article 58 of the Constitution – the suspension of this constitutional right makes it even more necessary to “Values of social justice” that the Constitution establishes.
The idea of a President acting in the name of the “preventive salvation” of State Budgets is still “creative”, as the PM would say. After the bloc’s removal, it remains very likely that the PCP and PAN will continue to make the budgets of the minority government feasible. But, at times, historical accelerations occur and the next municipal elections can be a turning point – the transfiguration of the PCP from a street party into an even-more-institutional-than-before party has resulted in significant electoral losses.
Ordinary people understand the need for more social support because they have a skin crisis. Portugal is one of the countries, at European level, that spent less in combating the devastating effects of Covid. And in terms of responding to the crisis, the European Union has been a dwarf, compared to the giant response from the United States. Ah, there are also other things in the Constitution that nobody cares about. See article 72: “Elderly people are entitled to economic security and housing conditions”. Or article 65: “Everyone has the right, for themselves and their family, to adequate housing”. We have a country that is quite unconstitutional.
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