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February 7, 2013
February 7, 2013

The maan that gaive jumps (and kickss to the grammmar)

Source: Visão  Category: On the crisis
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The maan that gaive jumps (and kickss to the grammmar)

Almost all the politicians in power today don’t speak Portuguese properly. Angela Merkel being the best example.

“Being seen and eard by Portuguese is also a reason to justify the investment” – Miguel Relvas [1]

We are indeed a very peculiar country. We had election and, based on what we’ve seen and eard during the campaign, we mainly voted for the parties that signed an agreement with the troika which is, let’s say, hard to fulfill. But someone please tell me exactly how many, even among those who voted for the party, admire, respect or can even tolerate the work and the figure of Miguel Relvas. The Minister doesn’t seem to be very popular because of his involvement in scandals, such as the one regarding his own bachelor’s degree. But he doesn’t quit. He entered the Government two year ago and no one can move him from there.

Ok, people are not only made of mistakes. And, I believe, Miguel Relvas does set an example. Many unemployed people cannot get a job because they are overqualified. Miguel Relvas got his job despite clearly having fewer qualifications. He aimed down and was successful. He established a far more modest goal and managed to achieve it. And then people dare to accuse him of ambition…

Cuts in the welfare state are not dictated by a need to save money; they are a strategy for the future. Relvas himself wants the government to cut spending in Education because he cut his and he won. He knows, by personal experience, the advantages of disinvesting in Education. He is an example of a successful professional unformation. As citizins, we do have a lot to learn from him. Or unlearn, I don’t know.

Soares [2] does speak French terribly; Sócrates [3] horrible English and Spanish; and Relvas speaks Portuguese badly. Almost all our politicians today don’t speak Portuguese properly. Angela Merkel, for example. She knows two, maybe three words maximum. Our rulers always had a problem with languages. And given how the country is doing, they don´t seem to be doing better with numbers either. Maybe they were like those students, the ones that were only good in gymnastics.


[1] Miguel Relvas: Current Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of the Pedro Passos Coelho. He has been involved in: pocketing and abusing of official allowances while president of the municipal assembly of Tomar; influence peddling while doing business through high-level political connections in Portugal, Brazil and Africa; possibility of perjury by inflating his academic credentials; alleged intimidation of the press, by attempting to blackmail one of the journalists from Público not to pursue a story on its possible association to Portugal’s secret services scandal; association to the BPN (Portuguese Bank of Business) scandal; and finally denial of responsibility – until today, Miguel Relvas has never acknowledged misconduct or impropriety in any of his political, business, or academic endeavor.

[2] Mário Soares: Prime Minister of Portugal between 1976-1978 and again 1983-1985, and subsequentently President of the Republic from 1986-1996. He was one of the most active politicians during the Estado Novo (Salazar’s dictatorial regime), being arrested by the PIDE (International and State Defense Police) in 1968 and sent to the colony of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea. He was then released when Marcello Caetano replaced Salazar. In 1969, Soares actively supported the anti-fascist and communist-independent Electoral Coalition for Democratic Unity (CEUD). Two year later he was exiled to Rome, Paris and Rennes. In 1973 Soares was elected Secretary General of the Socialist Party, created under SPD’s Bad Munstereifel party in Germany. Soares later negotiated Portugal’s entry into the European Economic Community (EEC), today’s EU, in 1986. His Excellency received many honours and awards, such as the Order of Liberty, an honorific civil order that distnguishes relevant services to the cause of democracy and freedom, in the defense of the values of civilization and human dignity.

[3] José Sócrates: former Prime-Minister (2005-2011), involved in several controversies. Two years after his election, in 2007, his bachelor degree from the private Independent University in Lisbon, was put under public scrutiny. In 2008 he was in the center of another major controversy, because he sponsored a low-cost Intel Classmate PC (Magalhães computer) that was made by a company suspected of tax evasion of €5 million euro. Again in 2009 he was suspected of having waived environmental restrictions as the Minister of the Environment granting the British company Freeport a license to build a mall near the Tagus river.

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