Portugal besides being a poor and small country living on what comes from the exterior – since the european funds to the touristic illusion and repeating all that people think to be ‘fashionable’ – is loosing what still remains of dignity in what is the eldest of European countries with a somehow glorious past. Confined to its european frontiers, after having been the head of a great colonial empire, Portugal seems decided to do whatever it is to be part of the group of the most insignificant countries, only thought about or visited due to its climate and geographical position.
Though in their fastidious speeches politicians like to tell they are very worried about the ‘image’ the country shows to the exterior, what really happens is that they give us lots of reasons to be ashamed of the situation the country has been living the last decades and of seeing with sadness and despair that all aspects of social life ane increasingly worsening.
It’s true that corruption, let alone values and patriotic pride, is spreading all over the world. However it seems increasingly worst when a country is dependent of creditors and has not the guts to try ways of independence in an intelligent way that might make it possible in the globalized world we live in.
The political show Portugal is giving the world is not only stupid but ridiculous!
Nothing happens in Portugal! The coalition which governed the country for the last four years and is identified as being ‘the Portuguese right, and has always been living a strange ‘honey moon’ with president Cavaco, insists in pursuing the politics it had practiced before and witch led people to accept, even rather reluctantly, the possibility of having a strange coalition – or some other model that enable them to put down the anterior coalition and presidential choice – composed by socialists, communists and the new left wing party that relatively was the great winner in last elections.
But even more strange is the fact that after giving the country the idea that such a coalition though difficult was possible, they remain in secret talks that seem, at least, a lack of respect for those who believed in that solution.
It is hard to put in our minds how would they get out of the situation if the communist party – the most reluctant of them and whose main procedure during the last decades is discretion – decides to remain in the comfortable position of maintaining its ‘coherence’.
The truth is that whatever happens will not benefit either the ‘image’ or the economic situation of the country. There are already many unscrupulous people profiting from this dubious situation and trying to transmit to both the ‘ins’ and the ‘outs’ the idea that the country is moving in a glorious entrepreneurial activity, though producing almost nothing more – if not less… – than produced before. There are lots of people ‘working’ – doing nothing…- just to decrease the statistics of unemployment. No one seems to care about real unemployment since they find a way to tell people that they have done well and the country is living in the best of the possible worlds.
Though being ‘democracy’ the most heard and written word it seems we are living a more close social system than that of pre revolutionary times. However, since there is football and the most stupid and exuberant and almost hysterical ‘feasts’ to entertain people, politicians and their servants may well live and sleep in peace!