Muzzled democracy: former president Cavaco lashes out in full-page opinion article

Former Portuguese president Cavaco Silva has lashed out again at the current state of politics in Portugal. After a swingeing attack earlier this year (click here), he returned to the pages of Expresso to say ‘more of the same’: this time concentrating on the PRR ( the Plan for Resilience and Recovery or rather the reindustrialisation of Portugal which will go ahead thanks to the largesse of Brussels’ ‘bazooka’ of post-pandemic funding). This plan, says Cavaco, will not reverse Portugal’s economic stagnation and ‘relative decadence’. Meantime, PS Socialists (his absolute bête noir) have impoverished the country over the last two decades, while the PSD opposition is “weak and without focus”.

PM António Costa is acting “for mere electoral interests”, leaving the country in a “muzzled democracy”.

Very little has come in the way of ‘reactions’: President Marcelo has said diplomatically that everyone is entitled to an opinion, while PS Socialists have more or less said they haven’t read the text.