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Either the PSOE leadership are morons, or they think we are.

El Pais: El PSOE cree que el referéndum crearía incertidumbre y haría ineficaz la reforma

... "El Gobierno ha tenido que hacer una reforma para transmitir que España es un país serio que va a cumplir sus obligaciones", ha explicado tras el encuentro el secretario de Organización del partido, Marcelino Iglesias. Sobre el referéndum que demanda parte de la ciudadanía y del propio PSOE, Iglesias ha justificado que "la Constitución no lo exige" y que de celebrarse, "se transmitiría incertidumbre a quienes queremos transmitir certidumbre", es decir, a los mercados.

De celebrarse una consulta ciudadana, según ha explicado, la reforma no estaría cerrada hasta el mes de noviembre, y la medida perdería eficacia. El Gobierno ha utilizado el método exprés porque quiere transmitir seguridad a los mercados de cara a un septiembre que se avecina convulso, con Italia, el otro país al borde del rescate, en busca de financiación para afrontar su deuda.

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La urgencia ha marcado la toma de decisiones, según Iglesias. Lo primero, ha asegurado, era actuar. Lo siguiente es explicar, que es precisamente para lo que se han convocado dos reuniones esta tarde. A las cinco y media de la tarde, Rubalcaba verá a los barones territoriales en la sede del PSOE, y a las ocho, se reunirá con el grupo parlamentario socialista, para explicar cómo y porqué se han tomado las últimas decisiones, que asegura, "la Ejecutiva ha respaldado".

El PSOE cree que el referéndum crearía incertidumbre y haría ineficaz la reforma
... "The Government has had to make a reform to transmit that Spain is a serious country that is going to fulfill its obligations", the party's Organization Secretary Marcelino Iglesias explained after the meeting. On the referendum demanded by part of the citizenry and of the PSOE itself, Iglesias justified that "the Constitution does not demand it" and, were it to be held, "uncertainty would be transmitted to those to whom we wanted to transmit certainty", that is, the markets.

Were the citizens' consultation held, he explained, the reform would not be finalised until November, and the measure would lose efficacy. The government has used the fast-track method because they want to transmit safety to the markets in face of an October that appears convulsed, with Italy, the other country on the brink of a rescue, seeking financing of its debt.

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Urgency has marked the decision-making, according to Iglesias. First, he claimed, action was needed. Then explanation, which is what the two meetings called for this afternoon are for. At 5pm, Rubalcaba will meet the regional Barons in the PSOE headquarters, and at 8pm, he will meet the Socialist parliamentary group, to explain how and why the latest decisions were taken which, he claims, "the Executive [Committee of PSOE] has backed".



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 29th, 2011 at 10:20:41 AM EST

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