Friday, December 3

John Müller: Boasting and pensions




Do you remember when, in the midst of the financial crisis, Aznar told Rajoy that he was going to have no choice but to hit the Spaniards with a fiscal ax, much higher than the one proposed by the United Left in its electoral program, to balance the public accounts? They don’t remember, because that didn’t happen. Politicians, who are so tactical at times, are reckless at other times. Especially when what they want is to boast of their exploits instead of looking coldly at what happened. Rajoy has told Casado at his party’s convention that Sánchez has made a mistake with the pension reform and that if he comes to power he will have to change the law again.

“And the same thing they strike you, but you won’t have another one”.

The problem is not the advice, but the implicit pride, the victimizing attempt to justify the unpopularity attracted by their actions. Rajoy forgets that the first person to stop believing in his pension reform was himself. In April 2018, two months before being dismissed by the motion of censure of the PSOE, offered the PNV to skip the revaluation factor of pensions, raise them according to the CPI, and delay until 2023 the entry into force of the sustainability factor that was scheduled for 2019.

And all this happened because, among other things, his government was not able to weave the necessary consensus (to do politics) around that reform that he now describes as virtuous. His law counted on 177 votes of PP deputies who then had an absolute majority, but that did not help. In fact, Rajoy He never paid greater attention to the Toledo Pact, which, on the other hand, Aznar did, even out of mere formality.

So his recommendation to “change the law” the only thing that ensures is that we will add one more pension reform that, surely, another government of another sign will change again.

Actually, the only useful advice at this point is to try to build a consensus around that reform, which is what the minister is trying Jose Luis Escrivá under intense friendly fire.

“A cultural change”Asked Escrivá while putting his finger on the sore of the massive expulsion from the labor market of people in their fifties through alleged ‘early retirement’. The minister’s words were interpreted as an attempt to bring the retirement age to 75, something he never said and which caused Vice President Yolanda Díaz to accuse him of a lack of prudence.

Consistently and almost always at the expense of Escrivá, Díaz assumes the line of least resistance to public opinion, even if this means devaluing his reforms. The vice president gives the impression that she is permanently in a Miss Congeniality pageant, eager to please. Even when the CEOE She has been planted in social dialogue, her reproach has been lukewarm, criticizing the lost opportunity to reach an agreement… with her. [email protected]

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