Alberto Núñez Feijóo abandoned this Wednesday his serious speech, at times catastrophic, about the situation that Spain is going through to celebrate the CIS data. He did so relying on irony: “If the CIS says that the PP goes up, I assure you that the PP goes up. With what intensity and with what difference, we leave it to independent demoscopic studies. Because with the current CIS it is impossible to beat the PSOE. And that is our goal.” The April barometer of the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) reflects the effect of Feijóo’s first weeks at the head of the popular Galicians and registers a notable rise in the party, which is only 2.9 points behind the Socialists.
Feijóo’s fiscal measures: proposals that already exist, depend on Brussels or are regressive
During this initial stretch of his leadership in the Spanish right, the demand for a general reduction in taxes has been one of the axes of his speech. Without too much specification or justification of its viability, the still president of the Xunta insists. He did it again in Porto do Son (A Coruña), a fishing town where he had gone to inaugurate his reformed maritime façade. “There is no one in our country except the government that is not worried about inflation,” he said, ignoring the measures adopted by Sánchez’s cabinet in recent weeks. According to Feijóo, the increase in the CPI in Spain is “40% higher” than in the rest of the European Community.
“Lowering inflation is the priority. Lowering inflation house everything. Of course, also pensions, ”she argued. Just this Wednesday the data on prices corresponding to March was known: a 9.6% rise. Galicia, whose executive still directs Feijóo until at least May, has been chaining data worse than the Spanish average for two months. In March, it was 10.5%, the highest since 1984. He did not comment specifically on this. And the measures announced by the Xunta almost a month ago do not seem to have an effect. “If we don’t control prices, pensions won’t come,” he said, before repeating his theoretical prescription: “Lower taxes on workers, on middle incomes, and on low incomes.” The tax cuts that he applied in Galicia in recent months benefited above all the upper sector of the salary pyramid.
He also referred, to questions from the press, to another of the proposals with which he tries to condition the political debate, that of governing by law the most voted list in the elections. “In democracy, majorities prevail. A country that submits to minorities is an unstable country”, he assured, and traced the origin of this circumstance to the Pact of Tinell, when, he said, “it was decided that an agreement could be reached with everyone except the Popular Party”. The Tinell was the agreement signed in 2003 between the PSC, the Esquerra Republicana and the Initiative for Catalonia that ended 23 years of CiU governments in Catalonia. The Catalan Socialists had obtained more votes than the convergent ones, but fewer seats.
Nor in this matter Feijóo preaches by example. The only one of the seven Galician cities where the left does not govern is Ourense. The Popular Party closed the door to the list with the most votes, the PSOE, and handed over the mayor’s office to Gonzalo Pérez Jácome, from the populist right of Democracia Ourensana. Just a few weeks earlier, Feijóo himself had described that possibility as “lethal” for the city.