“I am a candidate”: Paul Magnette makes an important announcement
“I am a candidate for my re-election at the head of the Socialist Party“, launches Paul Magnette on Bel RTL this morning. The guest of 7:50 am this Thursday believes that there is “still far too many injustices and inequalities“.”For more than 135 years, the Socialist Party has been the party that defends workers, those who have the most difficulty and who fight against inequalities. I still have a lot of desire and energy to continue to lead these fights.”
For the Carolo, re-election at the head of his party is the priority and refuses to advance on an ambition for the post of Prime Minister. “HASWith ‘ifs’, we put Paris in a bottle. Let the citizens speak“, he replies. “I am simply saying that if the socialist family is the first in the country, I will not renounce the responsibilities that are necessary in this case. My ambition is first and foremost to fight for citizens, for workers and against inequalities for more social justice..”
Elections in sight, the end of alliances?
The next elections will be held in 2024. Depending on the results, many cards could be folded and today’s alliances will no longer necessarily play in the balance. “What matters is the content and the program. I only joined this government because we negotiated a massive increase in the lowest pensions, a massive refinancing of health care, an increase in the low allowances, the minimum wage, a strengthening of public services and I will do exactly the same thing tomorrow.”
“I have always said that I would be happy to make the most progressive coalitions possible. But it is the citizens who distribute the cards. They are the ones who decide who they will trust. I never hid that if we can do it without the Liberals, it’s better“, further advances the 51-year-old politician.
The N-VA “pedal in sauerkraut”
Worried about the popularity of far-right parties in the north of the country, Paul Magnette notes all the same that “today, the N-VA pedals completely in sauerkraut. She is completely confused. When we see that Bart De Wever says that he no longer believes in legal reforms and that extra-legal reforms are needed and that he dreams of a coup d’etat, we see that they have lost their way. They are so afraid of the extreme right that they say to themselves that it will be necessary to go towards extra-legal adventures. It shows that Flanders is still grappling with extremely serious political demons. We Francophones must keep a cool head. You should never let yourself be impressed by this type of provocation.”
A tax reform in March 2023?
“I hope“, says Paul Magnette again. “In Belgium, people who work pay too much tax too quickly and people who have large assets, who have been able to accumulate a lot of money only by making it grow in recent years, these people do not contribute enough. This remains the fundamental problem of this country. It is a tax reform where we lower taxes on work and in particular for people who have low and medium salaries. But for that, it must be compensated and the richest must contribute more.”
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