The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has not resisted the possibility that the Regulations of Congress allow him to intervene at any time and has closed these two days of debate on Vox’s motion of no confidence with a frontal attack against the leader of the opposition. The popular Alberto Núñez Feijóo has remained absent from Parliament during the parliamentary debate. And Sánchez has compared “the burst of lucidity and decorum” that the previous president of the PP, Pablo Casado, had almost two and a half years ago, when he did not limit himself only to imposing the vote against another Vox motion against Sánchez. Casado staged the abysmal differences between him and Abascal. And Sánchez has called the abstention vote of Feijóo’s PP “indecent”. Congress has ended up rejecting the presidential candidate proposed by the extreme right, Ramón Tamames, with 201 negative votes added up by the investiture bloc. The 89 PP deputies and the two UPN defectors have abstained. Vox’s initiative has only received the support of the 52 votes of the far-right party and that of Pablo Cambronero, a former deputy for Ciudadanos.
The Chief Executive understands that it is not appropriate to “put oneself in profile” or be “equidistant or indifferent between the democratic legitimacy originating in the ballot box and the vacuum and constitutional fraud.” In the Government they have the thesis that “Feijóo’s abstention is scary” and is conditioned by his future pacts with the extreme right of Vox after the local and regional elections on May 28.
At 11:30 a.m., when what seemed to be the last presentation of the candidate Ramón Tamames ended, after two days of session and almost 14 hours of monologues, President Sánchez did not waste the stage to treat himself to a dialectical revolera to sentence the day and line up the arguments of the electoral campaign already in mind. Almost no one has taken what happened these two days in Congress as a real motion of no confidence. Nothing to do with the previous five of this democratic stage. What has been experienced this time in Congress is yet to be defined. Sánchez’s objective in the debate, and in particular in the final auction this Wednesday before the vote failed, was to measure himself against Feijóo and his non-appearance.
President Sánchez likes to present himself as a politician who works on the issues, who reads everything, including the trail of interviews granted these previous weeks by the candidate Tamames, and also keeps up-to-date with the presentations and interventions of the opposition leader. In his final reply to Tamames’s presentation – which, in reality, hardly said anything about the generalized insults he received from almost twenty spokespersons for the different parties – Sánchez resorted to his complaint from the previous day that the only goal of the strategy of Vox and the PP with this motion was to paralyze the action of their Executive and go back to the past. And that was how he once again contrasted that “apocalyptic” confluence of interests between the right and the ultra-right “with the progressive coalition and the plural and diverse majority of the House that is pushing forward with country reforms and social peace.”
Sánchez and the PSOE unravel their nerves to hear the PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, or even the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, denounce that this government is corrupt or even that it promotes the disunity of Spain. The president alluded – although with less vehemence than how his group’s spokesman, Patxi López, did before – to the fact that with the executives of the PP “corruption did run rampant” and in Catalonia there was a crisis that put the the whole country. But he did it to go into depth in the fundamental attack that he wanted to give to the new PP of Feijóo, which he compared, for the worse, with the PP of Casado. The socialist leader thus recalled that the former popular president not only opposed supporting “with a burst of lucidity and decorum” Vox’s previous motion of no confidence in this legislature, but he did so for a fundamental reason and reiterated the words of Married then against Abascal: “It’s not that we don’t dare to be like you, it’s that we don’t want to be like you.”
Sánchez thus denounced that Feijóo now “is silent and with his silence he says everything.” The president understands that the popular leader reflects to what extent he “needs Vox to win and govern in some autonomous communities and municipalities” after the 28-M elections. The socialist leader praised Casado’s “no” as “decent” and contrasted it with “the indecent abstention” now of Feijóo’s PP. And he justified it in that “there can be no equidistance between the democratic legitimacy of origin at the polls and the emptiness and constitutional fraud of a motion of this caliber” now promoted by Vox. Sánchez regretted that Feijóo “puts himself in profile” and predicted that it will be society that will have to decide with its vote in the following elections.
Both Sánchez and Patxi López have accused the candidate Tamames of not having “respected Parliament” and complied with the requirement of presenting an alternative program in his “scorched earth” motion. They refreshed him the reality that is hidden behind some far-right behavior that has cheered him or his future PP partners, whom the socialist spokesman blamed for being “the only ones who do not comply with the Constitution by blocking the renewal of the Judiciary.”
Tamames, who thought he had dismissed the morning session of censorship with some condescending comments about the motley crew, felt compelled to reply to the president. And he did it to insist on some of the fixations that assail him at this point in his long and diverse political career. To the current Tamames, on his way to turning 90, the labels of “fascists and Francoists, left and right” seem outdated and out of date. The candidate for the failed Vox motion frames Sánchez’s behavior, like his extensive speeches, within the “Moncloa syndrome” that haunts almost all presidents who end up succumbing to that dilemma drawn by Ramón, the mythical cover artist of Brother Wolf: “Me or chaos.”
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