Quincho talks in Uruguay

Quincho talks in Uruguay

In it National Party There are hours of extreme tension due to the disclosure of the chats between the former senator Gustavo Penadés and Pablo Iturraldepresident of the Board of Directors of National Party, who had to almost suddenly resign from that position yesterday morning. “He can’t be so stupid,” said a nationalist leader indignantly when asked about the situation. Once the aforementioned chat was known in Thursday’s edition of the weekly Busqueda, Iturralde’s decision to resign did not take more than a couple of hours. The pre-candidates for the White Presidency, who are in the middle of the campaign, had to come out quickly in a tone that was more improvised than planned to give their vision, in a matter that leaves the National Party in a very bad position: what is formally its highest hierarchy – the President of the Board of Directors – incurred in attitudes that clearly position him as seeking to influence the judicial process at the level of the prosecutor’s office, in this particular situation in the Penadés case.

The senator Sebastian da Silva, one of the legislators who has taken a high profile in nationalist ranks in recent times, gave his opinion to Radio Carve in a very harsh way: “the restrained person gets screwed,” he said. “Iturralde has pretensions of importance that are not real,” he added. But beyond this attempt to lower the profile of the matter, the disclosure of the chat and dialogue with Penadés – which took place in March of last year – exposed the National Party in a very sensitive aspect. “The whites accused the Wide Front of interfering in justice and having influence over the prosecution. “It backfired on them,” commented a leader of the Front while rereading the scandalous dialogue between the official leaders. “Resignation is not enough, we have to go deep,” he added.

But there is another issue that worries white people as much or more than what is strictly linked to this case: it is the fact that components of the tax portfolio are leaked intentionally, gradually and clearly seeking to influence politics and the election campaign. “It is a chat that was more than a year old and arose from Penadés’s cell phone, which has been in the power of justice for several months. The fact that it has come out now has a clear intention to affect the official campaign,” said a white legislator in a nervous tone, in dialogue with some coreligionists. The concern is high, precisely because it is not known what reach all this may have. “What else could there be on Gustavo’s cell phone? We don’t know,” she added. Well, actually he’s supposed to know.

Another front of concern

The judicial front is not the only one that worries the government and the ruling party. Particularly serious conflicts have accumulated in recent weeks. And these are not budgetary issues that involve state unions such as COFFEE or the education unions. These are business-level issues. On the one hand, the situation in Copsa and on the other hand the situation in FNCvery important companies with many jobs at stake.

In both cases, possibilities for solutions have opened up in the last few hours, but the government is not letting its guard down. “We are realizing – although it is difficult to verify – that they are taking advantage of the election year to put pressure on some issues and the truth is that this has us quite upset,” said a senior executive of the Executive in an afternoon talk in his ministerial office, commenting on these issues. “Note that In both cases, the problems have been going on for quite some time… and they are now returning with more radical positions, such as closing an industrial plant (case of FNC in Mines) or directly stop paying part of the salaries (Copsa case) it would seem that it has more to do with speculation and tactics, seeking to pressure the government to grant certain benefits or perks,” he reflected, without hiding his discomfort. “When the pocketbook hurts, businessmen have no party,” she concluded.


In the livestock field, the decision of the Commission for the Promotion and Defense of Competition It was eagerly awaited, and in many rural offices it was received with approval and even celebration, uncorking some red wine or sharing some whiskey, the result of some bet. “Minerva It clearly came to sweep away the consignees, but the Commission’s decision prevented it from moving forward with that,” commented a consignee, satisfied with the decision. Indeed, Minerva – the Brazilian group that intended to buy three refrigerators from the other northern giant Marfrig– had anticipated and demonstrated his intention to purchase livestock without intermediation. “In itself it is nonsense, because consignees have a very important role in this market; it was a very aggressive attitude and now the Commission has given it a ‘stay quiet’,” added the treasury intermediary.

The Commission’s ruling, however, says little about the issues of livestock intermediation and bases its argument on the fact that, if the aforementioned purchase had been completed, Minerva would have been left in a dominant position and at risk of stifling competition. . “In the livestock sector we value the free market,” added the head of another rural desk, one of the main ones in the country. Minerva has already conveyed that it will surely appeal the ruling, so the matter will continue. But it clearly marks a change in the issues linked to refrigeration industry.


This week we celebrate Science and Technology Day and the scientific societies of Uruguay They took a toll on the government. Formally, they issued a proclamation in which they demand more budget. In the corridors (and laboratories), some scientists say that they have felt disappointed. “In the pandemic, the contribution of scientists was key, but we are not recognized,” lamented a biologist with a PhD, after listening to the reading of the proclamation, at an event in the hall. Vaz Ferreira. “Uruguay It is very far from investing a reasonable minimum in science… and that is then paid for in development and economic development. Without scientific investment we have a ceiling; I would tell you that we are already colliding with him,” she said, somewhat frustrated, while she was preparing a show in which a neuroscience student would do a light show… controlled by her brain waves.

From the ruling party they have a different vision. “Investment in Science and Technology increased and the new property for the University in Paysandú is emblematic, although it is not the only thing,” said a Colorado legislator from the coast. “In addition, the role of GACH in the pandemic it has been recognized. The government did well: turn to the scientists who are there for that, to advise and ensure that decisions are made on a scientific basis. Contrary to what happened in other countries such as USA and Brazilwith presidents who rejected science,” he added.

“The opposition thinks that we have a weak point there and it is the other way around: science was the protagonist in this government, at all levels,” he added with wind in his shirt. “I am sure that this will also have its impact at the electoral level,” he stated optimistically, while heading to a meeting to discuss the Iturralde case. Sometimes the urgent takes time away from the important.

Source: Ambito

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