Martullo-Blocher on father’s pension
SVP doyen Christoph Blocher caused violent criticism with his subsequently requested Federal Council pension of 2.7 million francs. His daughter, Magdalena Martullo-Blocher, stands behind him.
- Former SVP Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher is demanding his pension of CHF 2.7 million twelve years after he was voted out of the Federal Council.
- The fact that a multi-billionaire demands this kind of money is met with criticism.
- SVP National Councilor Magdalena Martullo-Blocher defends her father’s claim for money.
SVP overfather Christoph Blocher has been making headlines with the maneuver in the last few days: twelve years after leaving the Federal Council, he is demanding 2.7 million francs from the federal government. He wants to subsequently claim his Federal Council pension, which he had waived since 2007. Critical reactions followed immediately.
If a multibillionaire gets this money in the middle of the crisis that he obviously doesn’t need, it leaves a stale aftertaste, said SP National Councilor Cédric Wermuth. Users poisoned on social media: «Give the old man his pension, not that he starves to death or has to be presented to the social welfare office.» In the current issue of “Schweizer Illustrierte”, his daughter, SVP National Councilor Magdalena Martullo-Blocher, commented on her father’s million dollar Federal Council pension.
Thrown money out the window
«Oh, that’s a storm in a glass of water! He never said he would give up – on the contrary! When he was voted out, he said clearly that he would never give this money to the state, »she said in an interview. Because it is now becoming clear how the Federal Council and the Left-Green Parliament would throw money out the window and at the same time pull more out of the pockets of the citizens, she can understand the decision.
Her father had not previously initiated her into his plans, said Martullo-Blocher. «No, he doesn’t involve me in all of his decisions. Conversely, I don’t do that either – we simply don’t have time for it. »