The executive admits “mistakes” but remains on course
Despite a rise in discontent, Macron and Philippe do not want to change or slow down the pace of their reforms.
The slip is spectacular. But there is nothing to undermine the optimism of the executive. Despite a series of bad surveys, all institutes (Elabe, YouGov, Ifop, Ipsos, Harris Interactive) and regardless of the criteria measured (confidence, satisfaction, approval …), the Head of State Prime Minister does not intend to change course. “Those who spent their time watching the polls, or worse to govern at the whim of the polls, have failed,” insisted Édouard Philippe in a long interview published in Paris on Friday.
The head of the government specifies the timetable for reforms. Orders on the Labor Code will be announced to the social partners on 31 August for presentation to the Council of Ministers three weeks later. The re-entry will therefore be dominated by social as well as budgetary issues. Two sites, at least explosive.
Accused by the opposition of having yielded
to an accounting and short-term approach, the government now wants to project itself in 2018, to take back a little height … and oxygen. It promises in the coming months a rethinking of housing policy and the launch of major projects in the fields of education, defense and ecology (a bill on the prohibition of any new drilling of a building, Hydrocarbons will be examined at the beginning of the school year) and justice. The executive expects to be able – finally – to announce some good news, on the occasion of the first budget of the quinquennium. “We will reduce taxes by more than € 10 billion and redistribute purchasing power to all assets by switching payroll costs to CSG. It will be 250 euros more per year for an employee paid smic, “explained Édouard Philippe to the Parisian.
“Of course we will improve”
If there is no dispute about the backwardness of the survey, it is put on the account of the former government’s management decisions, which underestimated the needs of the State. However, the new team recognizes a share of responsibility in the current difficulties: that of not having sufficiently explained the meaning of the decisions. In short, to have lacked pedagogy. “One learns from one’s mistakes, one corrects, it is a continuous process. Of course, we are going to improve, “concedes Édouard Philippe, who refuses to entrust the most inexperienced civil society ministers. “We wanted to integrate men and women who were not from the political world, with varied personal experiences,” said the Prime Minister. They enter the political bath and sometimes need a little time to find their marks. “Nevertheless:” The qualities for which they were chosen are incomparably superior to the small inconveniences associated with their period of adaptation . “