The agrarian subsidy in Andalusia and Extremadura was historically configured as a true bag of captive votes with which the PSOE rewarded related parties in order to guarantee electoral victories, even at the cost of widespread corruption that fortunately has been corrected over the years. Such was the abuse that existed two and three decades ago, that the PER (rural employment plans) scandal turned the PSOE into an immense patronage network. Yesterday the Government decided to reduce the minimum number of ‘peonadas’ for a person to receive the subsidy from twenty to ten.
It is good to argue that the harsh climate and the energy crisis are penalizing the field. But there is another background, the electoralist. It is no coincidence that it is approved with the May elections so close, and boasting that only the Government is capable of protecting the weakest. La Moncloa should understand that a society is not built better by subsidizing more and more the disadvantaged, but by fighting for people with jobs, higher incomes and fewer subsidies. The opposite is just the management of misery.
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