Tuesday, October 19

Illa responds to Aragonès: “You are a good person, but your Government does not work”

The head of the opposition and leader of the PSC in the Parliament, Salvador Illa, has accused the Government of Pere Aragonès on Wednesday of being a divided Executive, “incapable of giving Catalonia what it needs”, with deficiencies in management and little future . A very harsh diagnosis in the content that Illa has exposed with a silk glove and at various times expressing personal respect for both the president and his councilors. “You are a good person, I respect you, but that is not enough,” he said, “your Government does not work and there are no hours by boat that can hide that,” he indicated in relation to the trip made by Aragonès and his vice president, Jordi Puigneró, to the island of Sardinia.

For Illa, these internal divisions in the Government make Catalonia lose opportunities and economic momentum. “It has irreversibly damaged its credibility as a Government, in terms of dialogue with the Government, but also in matters such as the expansion of the airport,” he pointed out. “Thus it is difficult to take his government plan seriously,” he said, after blaming the lack of investment in El Prat on the Government’s refusal to build above the Ricarda natural area. For the socialist, the failure of this airport project is “a defining element of a mandate”, due to its impact on the economy.

The head of the opposition has extended when speaking of the economic policy, to set off the alarms about Catalonia. Illa has displayed data on the progress of company headquarters since 2017, which has amounted to more than 4,000, in addition to two figures less growth in Catalonia than in the Spanish average. Finally, he recalled that the Community of Madrid exceeded the Catalan GDP last year. Also in social matters, Illa has suspended the Government, with 26.2% at risk of poverty and 105,300 households without income.

In this sense, Illa has once again extended her hand to the Government to talk about this year’s budgets if the majority of the investiture, with ERC, Junts and the CUP, is not able to agree. “Above our conveniences is the need for Catalonia,” he said.

The socialist has also charged against the independence objective by demonstrating for Aragonès this Tuesday, in his initial intervention of the general policy debate. “You yesterday offered more of the same, essentially relapse into the same scheme, with minor and very insufficient changes,” he replied. Illa has also assured that the objectives in the national field set by Aragonès are “very far from what Catalonia needs”. “Completing independence is an impossible goal, but this is not its worst problem,” he assured, “above all, it leaves out half of Catalonia.”

In contrast to this independence will, Illa has placed the need for dialogue, which in her opinion is the phase prior to negotiation. On this issue, the socialist has insisted that in parallel to the table between governments a table of parties must be held in Catalonia, as stated in the agreement signed by ERC and that Illa has read from the lectern. “His party is committed to a table of parties. I ask him to fulfill it,” he has demanded. Using the metaphor of a torrent, Illa has warned that dialogue “will find its way”, so it is better “to go through the institutional channel.”

Despite his harsh speech, Illa has acknowledged to Aragonès that they do not have it easy at the dialogue table due to the position of his Junts partners, and has also conceded that he has been “firm”. Por es has called the rest of the parties in the Chamber, with the exception of Vox, to sit at a party table. “Here, Mr. Batet, you must move. Don’t you see that it doesn’t make sense that we don’t meet? Your group is also a part of Catalonia,” he said, questioning the Junts leader, Albert Batet. “And you, Mr. Carrizosa, too. And you, Mr. Fernández, too,” he called the leaders of Ciudadanos and PP.


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