On Thursday, May 20, the Spanish Prime Minister presented a voluminous plan developed by a hundred researchers from more than 40 universities, NGOs and international organisations over a year and aimed at transforming Spain into a socialist utopia with no personal freedom.
Published: May 24, 2021, 8:58 am
Socialist PM Pedro Sanchez presented a 675-page plan entitled Spain 2050, foundations and proposals for a long-term national strategy, inviting a collective reflection on the challenges of the country after the pandemic, in an effort to propose the kind of country “we want to be in 30 years”.
“The vision of the future must be that of the state and not the government. The present occupies us, but we must also worry about the future,” said the Prime Minister. The so-called Spain 2050 project, a “collective reflection” on the future of the country “in the post-COVID world” for the next 30 years, was met with criticism however.
The Spanish newspaper El Mundo deduced that according to Sanchez’s plan for 2050, Spaniards will no longer own a personal car or house and will have to share an apartment. They will be forced to forgo flights for short-haul journeys and will have to use the train instead. In terms of employment, they will only be offered temporary or fixed-term contracts and may have to work until the age of 70 before retiring. They will have to eat less meat and pay more taxes for drinking or smoking. And efforts will be made to increase immigration.
The document, developed with the input of over 100 experts from various fields, is now open to amendments from political parties, local and regional authorities, trade unions and employer groups, non-profit organizations and universities.
The ambitious project aims at propelling Spain into the ranks of the “most prosperous countries in Europe”, but nothing indicates that these proposals will enhance prosperity or find an echo within the Spanish population, weary of a long governmental instability.
The document provides for the introduction of the “frequent flyer rate” or the establishment of taxes on airline tickets according to the proximity of the destination in order to reduce its environmental impact. In addition, the authors of the study recommend banning flights on those journeys that can be made by train in less than 2,5 hours.
To achieve this goal, the plan proposes to progressively raise the tax rates on diesel and gasoline consumption until both are equal to the average rate of the richest countries in the European Union. FREE WEST MEDIA read more