A report by the political analysis group 50 + 1 released yesterday for this diary has revealed that in just 15 sessions of the so-called ‘decentralized councils of ministers’, held between October last year and the 14th of this month, the Executive has made 238 promises to citizens. Some of them are regional in nature and others that cover the entire national territory, but all of them are difficult –if not impossible– to comply with. Particularly, if one takes into account the scant technical training and the inefficiency that the officials that this Government has brought to the public administration have shown up to now.

Of those 238 promises, in addition, 44 were specifically offered by the president peter castle and they included matters of such improbable concreteness as free admission to universities or the “second agrarian reform”. The rest was paid by the president of the Council of Ministers or by the holders of portfolios such as Agrarian Development, Education or Energy and Mines, but it does not seem more credible for that.

In general, the offers have revolved around matters of infrastructure, anti-corruption measures and improvements in education, issues that are always sensitive in the interest of the citizenry, so that any eventual frustration of the expectations generated would have a considerable political cost.

None of this, however, would give the impression of worrying the current administration for the time being, which has undertaken the effort we are reporting here with a campaign spirit. What could be more like, in fact, a proselytizing tour than going from region to region to offer solutions to the problems that generate the most concern among the local population without going into detail about the mechanisms to achieve it? And if, as happens in the circumstances to which we allude, the occasion is additionally used to attack critics and opponents of the Government, the parallel is evident.

As is known, the so-called ‘ministerial meetings’ held in the interior of the country have been the scene of attacks by Executive spokespersons on business and the oversight work of Congress and the press. According to the speech delivered in those conclaves in front of a claque gathered expressly for the occasion, if the president today faces an investigation for allegedly leading a criminal organization, it is because the capital’s media and certain judicial or prosecutorial bodies impute those charges to him today. no proof. If the products of the basic family basket do not stop rising, it is because there are “monopolies and oligopolies” that establish these prices at will. And if the initiatives launched from the Palace do not prosper, it is because an “obstruction” Congress does not give them priority or openly opposes them. The ruler’s intentions, in short, would be an example of virtue and only a conspiracy by those who insist on denying it would be preventing them from materializing…

The problem with this permanent rhetorical exercise of dreamy offer and subsequent victimization, however, is that it wears out quickly. Above all, if hunger besieges and the signs of corruption in the State appear in any place to which one turns one’s sight. And those two conditions began to be fulfilled between us a long time ago.

The president, therefore, cannot continue campaigning. After eleven months of having assumed power, the excuses for not governing have ceased to provide him with political oxygen, and announcing “surprises” for the July 28 message, as he has recently done, constitutes just a variant of the same resource.

What is going to happen when the people of the regions and the capital finish understanding that nothing or almost nothing of what was promised is going to materialize? That the airport in Huancavelica, the hospital in Ayacucho or the 4,000 “hot houses” in Puno are castles in the air that the head of state shamelessly sold him? Well, the one who will be in the air and with an increasingly narrow support base will be him. And, terribly, everything seems to indicate that we are going there.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.