Monday, October 25

Damned corruption

In order to polish his candidacy, Pablo Casado accepted the patronage of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy at the PP’s national convention. Thus, Sarkozy appeared as the guest of honor on this past Wednesday’s meeting in Madrid.

The surprising thing is that a day later we learned that, like any criminal worth his salt, Sarkozy will have to serve a year in jail and will be able to do it at home but wearing an electronic bracelet that controls his movements. He narrowly escaped being able to give lessons in political pragmatism to the leader of the PP. He did it last Wednesday, the sentence arrived this Thursday.

Sarkozy, who was, effectively, president of France for a single term, was later rejected by the voters and did not achieve re-election when, to fight against the far-right Marine Le Pen, he turned his political program towards right-wing ultramontanism.

Today Sarkozy is fully topical in France because he visits, every other day, the courts of the French capital. Accused and convicted of corruption, he does not seem to be a good example to follow for someone who claims to be president, rather he seems to fulfill the role of “that man you are talking about.” It must be that in Genoa they do not read the French press or, simply, that they do not want to be aware of it.

Indeed, last March a court imposed a sentence of three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling, of which he will only have to serve one. But it is that the day after appearing in Madrid to support Pablo Casado, the former French president received a new sentence, in this case for illegal financing of his electoral campaign in 2012, which, by the way, he lost against the socialist candidate, François Hollande. He still has causes, some especially striking, such as the accusation of “criminal association” for the alleged financing of his 2007 campaign, which he won, by the Libyan dictator Muammar el Gadaffi.

But in the PP the value of the presence of a former French president in the convention that seeks to establish Casado’s leadership has weighed more than the judicial problems of corruption and influence peddling for which he has been condemned.

Sarkozy, now dedicated body and soul to his judicial and corruption problems, came with very clear ideas to explain something that is evident to him: “There is only one Spain, united, with capital in Madrid, and with a King who It represents the unity of Spain, and this cannot change. ” It has been difficult for him to reach that conclusion, but in the end he has succeeded. What clarity of ideas. A great man.

Married, who had not found out that this was the case, took good note. He could be seen nodding strongly to the overwhelming expressiveness of the former French president, who took the opportunity to deliver cryptic phrases such as: “We win when one expands, and we lose when one narrows.” He had to say it from personal experience, when his party turned so far to the right to take votes from the extreme right of the National Front, that voters showed him the exit door.

Sarkozy, who had forgotten crowded venues waiting for his words, was encouraged by the devoted audience and made a somewhat bizarre simile about Europe and the United States, which, he said, is like that man who has big shoes and steps on you and then on you. He says what are you doing in front of his shoes. Which, coming from someone who has standardized camouflaged three-inch heels to compensate for her small stature, was still a strange joke.

A day later, at the same PP convention, another character also with very clear ideas such as the condemned Sarkozy, former president José María Aznar, clinched the Frenchman’s thesis: “Spain is a nation, not seven, not four, not three, not twenty-one. A plural nation, but one. Constitutionally plural, but one. And it is neither a plurinational state, nor a multilevel state, nor the mother who gave birth to it. ” It must be recognized that sometimes Aznar has his grace, his of course.

But, definitions of Jacobinism aside, the presence of the condemned former French president is shocking, precisely at the convention of a party in which recently his organization secretary, Teodoro García Egea, reminded Esperanza Aguirre that “what destroyed the PP in Madrid it was corruption. ” How does that marry with having as a great guest of honor a person convicted of corruption, no matter how ex-president of France he may have been?

Some in the PP explain that the invitation to Sarkozy had been made before the conviction. But the symptoms, as in the case of so many PP leaders, were already there. In fact, as has been said, Sarkozy has more issues under investigation and one of them is especially striking because it links to a peculiar character of the worst international politics. As announced by the French Finance Prosecutor’s Office, he has been charged with an alleged “association of criminals” in the case of the alleged plot of illegal financing by Libya of Muammar el Gadaffi for another electoral campaign, which led him to the Palace of the Elíseo in 2007.

On the same day that Sarkozy propped up Pablo Casado, although we don’t know with what prop, he took him to see the Guernica painted by Picasso, today exhibited at the Reina Sofía museum. On his Twitter account, Casado, after that visit to the famous painting, reflected: “An icon of the twentieth century that represents the testimony of horror of the Civil War and reflects heartbreaking conflicts that should not be repeated.” No, they should not be repeated, but it should be remembered that the “heartbreaking conflicts” were started by the leader of the Spanish right Francisco Franco, responsible for the Civil War, who ordered the destruction of Gernika by the Condor Legion, and that the Malaga genius Pablo Ruiz Picasso expressed in such a sublime way in the painting of the same name, before which the propper Nicolás Sarkozy and the propped Pablo Casado reflected.

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