The Vox candidate for the motion of no confidence, Ramón Tamames, said goodbye to Congress this Wednesday saying that, despite what he had heard these days (that “he was entering the cavern of the right”, he said), he he had found “quite comfortable” with his political sponsors. At the end of the parliamentary debate, which lasted for 14 and a half hours, the differences between the ex-communist and the ultra party no longer seemed so great. “Now we have more rapes than before this feminist wave. For women, there we have one, Isabella the Catholic, who already in the 16th century had more power than the king himself, ”he declared during one of his interventions.
The best summary of the motion were the faces of the socialists, that is, the members of the censured party, who left Congress with the face of the morning of Kings. They had brought them everything they expected and a few more gifts, because, according to comments in the corridors, the failed overthrow attempt had given them the opportunity to expose “the achievements of the Executive branch”, to demonstrate the “insubstantial leadership of Alberto Núñez Feijóo” ― the leader of the PP did not go to Congress and his party abstained in the vote― and reinforce the coalition after the row over the reform of the law of only yes is yes -which a minister, pleased that he was, defined as a natural “couple’s fight”-.
The PSOE spokesman, Patxi López, came to thank Tamames for having lent himself to the “trompe l’oeil” and thereby “having allowed Vox to be portrayed for what it is” and the PP as “embraced by the bear”. As the day before, the PSOE highlighted the abstention of the popular as a sign that they belong to the same bloc and political family as Vox and listed their contradictions: “They are those of no to divorce who get divorced, those of no to abortion who abort, those who do not to homosexual marriage who get married…”.
López also accused Abascal’s party of hating free women and he asked to reply from the seat. To deny it, the leader of the far-right party presented as an argument of authority that in his “house” the one in charge is his wife, and accused Pedro Sánchez of being “the leader of the pack that has rewarded 800 rapists”, alluding to to reductions in sentences for the law of only yes is yes. Iván Espinosa de los Monteros assured, for his part, that “Vox women are better” and he was citing her colleagues one by one: “Patricia de las Heras, who has managed to reconcile three pregnancies with her work” ; Patricia Rueda, “for her ability to empathize with her and be the best ambassador for Tourism”, Rocío de Meer, for her “sensitivity on social issues”, María Ruiz, who “never loses her smile…” .
The Vox spokesman also pronounced a phrase that measures the level of poisoning of Spanish politics, with or without a vote of no confidence: “We, from an ideological distance, are glad that none of you were aborted.” He was referring to the video broadcast by the Secretary of State for Equality, Ángela Rodríguez Pam, from Unidas Podemos, in which a group of very young women sang in the demonstration of the past 8-M: “What a pity it gives me that the mother of Abascal couldn’t abort!”
Women took up much of the second day of the motion’s debate. The PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, who justified her party’s step backwards with respect to the previous motion ―voting against to abstention― in “respect for Mr. Tamames”, charged against Vice President Yolanda Díaz, whom she called first “outstanding student of Pablo Iglesias” and then “white label” of Pedro Sánchez. Inés Arrimadas, from Ciudadanos, spoke along a similar line: “She failed to display a poster of President Yolanda,” she said, referring to her intervention the day before. “Sánchez seemed uncomfortable because it was difficult for him to share the limelight, but he knows that to stay in power he needs Yolanda to join,” she added.
The spokesperson for artist formerly known as Ciudadanos, who the polls place with one foot outside Parliament, took advantage of his turn to ask the Spanish, with a certain melancholy, to dare to “let themselves be governed by parties and people who are not the usual ones.” Arrimadas also reviewed the previous interventions of the rest of the spokespersons and in his ten minutes of reply he devoted practically more time to them than Tamames himself, who dispatched en bloc, with barely one sentence for each one, the speeches of 21 deputies: “I have examined the analysis of the CUP, which has made some comments of interest (…) I cannot agree with Bildu for obvious reasons of separatism, nor with the representative of the BNG (…) Guitarte must be congratulated for having united in the purpose of emptied Spain (…) The PRC has made interesting contributions (…) Baldoví also likes to speak loudly, but this is not a house to shout (…) I had a certain friendship with Errejón’s father . I listened to him carefully and I thought that he had already entered a phase of greater rationality, but he has time, he is still very young (…) Arrimadas has given an interesting presentation. I personally met Albert Rivera, who was a guest at my house. It was an important invention, that of Ciudadanos that failed” (…) I would tell Rufián that when you search the lives of all people, you find things that were not known and that life is a process of improvement [el portavoz de ERC le había afeado el pasado falangista de algunos miembros de Vox]”.
In the end, the only surprise of a motion of which the result and the candidate’s speech were known in advance was the vote in favor of a Ciudadanos defector. With that, Vox was satisfied: “The motion has met its objectives,” Espinosa de los Monteros declared proudly as he left the chamber with 201 votes against. They celebrated smiling, as if the 201 had been in favor and the 53 against, and shouting “Long live the motion! Long live Don Ramon!” In the guest gallery they corresponded with a “Long live Spain!”.
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