Rita in the so-called wonderland

As in all summers, I will head to Porto Santo, a treasure still unknown by many and that has been neglected by successive officials, being practically dependent on a tourism that, as we now see and it was evident, may fail.

As in all summers, I will head to Porto Santo, a treasure still unknown by many and that has been neglected by successive officials, being practically dependent on a tourism that, as we now see and it was evident, may fail.

The issue of exorbitant prices for airfare has been overcome (since, at times and for reasons beyond the comprehension of ordinary mortals, it is cheaper to fly, for example, to the Dominican Republic than to an island that is an hour and a half away Lisbon), I had the question of testing Covid-19.

Now, the Government announced with pomp and circumstance the realization of free tests to Covid-19 for passengers to the islands, obviously with a view to promoting tourism to the areas that most depend on it. In Lisbon, apparently, they are carried out by CEDOC - Center for the Study of Chronic Diseases, assigned to the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, so I tried, following the indications, to try to make this appointment with more than the due notice. After three emails, two forms sent and several hours on the phone on two different days with an answering machine, I found myself obliged to realize that not only does it not work, they don't even answer. At cost I had to resort to the private.

This example is only intended to demonstrate that we live in a fantasy country, where the measures announced are never the ones that, after all, are put into practice. It was like that with the lay-offs (and with the other support promised for the maintenance of jobs) and it is like this, generally, with the so-called public services (working, as it is said, by appointment, only when the said appointment is not added occurs).

Costa is a good illusionist and a better player, trying to make us believe that everything is under control, while moving his pieces to remain in power. The problem is that, in the face of a completely ragged opposition, whenever citizens are forced to resort to something, the trick fades away and we are confronted with a wall of silence (at least of humans because of automatic answering machines, official services are full) ) and with total inoperability. In the meantime, we realize that the lack of money is subtly invoked to provide the public sector with means that allow responses to be effective, but we have not stopped enriching those who manage the destinations, for example, the Novo Banco.

Vergílio Ferreira wrote that “the most serious issue in our time is not having no answers to what we ask - it is not having any questions at all”. My question, at this point, is which way will we go when the sun goes down. It might be worth thinking about, even between dives.

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