If President Marcelo thought his post-fire walkabout in Monchique yesterday would be triumphant, he soon realised the depth of fury simmering on the blackened mountain.

Collared on camera by 79-year-old José Marcos dos Santos, Portugal’s head of state endured seemingly endless minutes of the absolute worst kind of television airtime anyone in his position could have wanted.

Time and again, dos Santos railed against what he called “Civil disProtection”, saying the authority that ‘managed’ the seven-day blaze “had no idea how to tackle fires”.