Isabel Díaz Ayuso has defined 2021 as “the year of the central government’s grievance” against Madrid and the “purchase of positions in the national Parliament with the money of all Spaniards.” The regional president has dedicated a good part of the press conference in which she has taken stock of the year that is about to end to criticize the Executive of Pedro Sánchez, whom he accused of being “feeding the rupture of Spain” with his actions and of which he has questioned his commitment to a “false decentralization” which, in his opinion, “only serves as a payment for the Government partners and generates grievances from the regions.”
Ayuso: “In health centers there is tension, banners are hung and not everyone wants to work and pitch in”
Likewise, he has questioned the alleged “abandonment” of the infrastructures and other Madrid investments by the central Executive. “In the General State Budgets, State investment has decreased another 8.4% compared to 2021, which represents 8.9% of government investments in the autonomous communities despite the fact that Madrid is 14% of the population and 19% of the national GDP ”, he assured. The president, who has also insisted that she will not give in to the “false fiscal harmonization”, which she has defined as a “subterfuge with which they want to raise taxes in Madrid and manage to ruin the Spanish middle classes.” According to Ayuso, the PSOE has decided to lead the country “to a federal republic suffocated by regionalist egos, separatism and division, giving more independence to Catalonia and the Basque Country and less fiscal autonomy to the region that contributes the most, Madrid.”
The regional leader has recognized that it has been a “very difficult” year due to the pandemic, although she has boasted that Madrid has the “best healthcare in Spain”. Ayuso has made these statements in the same week in which he has denied the collapse of Primary Care at a time when its professionals face marathon days, receive hundreds of patients who wait in long queues for a PCR and are unable to handle the high volume of phone calls they receive due to the sixth wave of the pandemic. In addition, of the 11,400 COVID contracts that have been renewed, only 1,500 professionals will go to health centers, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, he has admitted that the regional Executive is considering as a possibility a “blended” return to the classrooms for older students after Christmas. The president has said that, at this moment, there are “two scenarios” on the table: a return “with total normality” and another of blendedness where the older students could take turns in the classes. However, he has reported that the Ministry of Education will report next week what scenario is finally chosen.
Likewise, it has announced that it is also studying the possibility of making a “vaccination effort and antigen test among children, especially among the youngest.” Although for this, as he has affirmed, it is necessary for parents to take their children to be vaccinated and for the Government to provide the vaccines to ensure that all families can access them. “We usually make decisions a few days in advance to do so with certainty and not cause greater damage,” he asserted.
Regarding the macro-parties planned for the end of the year, the president has assured that “none will be held” in the Community of Madrid. In some cases because the promoters have given up and in others because they did not have COVID contingency plans. Regarding the bells at Puerta del Sol, he has said that it will be the health authority that will have the last word, although he has insisted that they are “different spaces.” “It is a place in the open air, where citizens go with their masks. A macro-party in a disco should not be equated, for example, with a parade of Kings or with a celebration such as the bells,” he said.
The left accuses her of “sectarianism”
The left-wing parliamentary groups in the Madrid Assembly —Más Madrid, PSOE and Unidas Podemos— have taken stock of a “very hard and intense” year 2021 under Ayuso’s “sectarianism”. Speaking to Europa Press, PSOE spokesman Juan Lobato acknowledged that this year has been “intense, especially in Madrid.” First with the pandemic and then “with the entire electoral process of May 4” with “the political consequences” that it has had with a government focused on the “fight.”
For her part, the spokeswoman for United We Can, Carolina Alonso, has indicated that the political situation “cannot be worse” because, in her opinion, “the only proposals that this legislature has made have been aimed at Ayuso increasing his propaganda “with the” control of Telemadrid and forgive taxes on the highest incomes. ”
The spokesperson for Más Madrid, Mónica García, has called this year “very tough” with the ravages of the pandemic with an “unprecedented” health, economic and social crisis. However, he also highlighted “how beautiful” this year has been the “solidarity of the people in the worst days.” “Memory, commitment and responsibility is what there has been with the vaccination plan. The year in which, despite Ayuso’s re-election as president, we have shown that Más Madrid is a solid and forceful alternative,” he defended.
On the other hand, Vox sources consulted by Europa Press have reported that this year they have tried to convey to the regional Parliament policies “that really improve the lives of Spaniards.” For this reason, they have once again celebrated the 13 points of the far-right party included in the regional budgets that are “the example that it only takes political will to improve.”