“This has not happened in Caracas, Managua or Havana. This has happened in Spain.” This is how the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, has referred from Palencia at a rally to the vote on the labor reform last Thursday. Casado has criticized -without expressly alluding to it- that the telematic and erroneous vote of the PP deputy, Alberto Casero, could not be modified when Casero arrived at the Congress of Deputies, which he has considered a “democratic outrage”. Casado has defended that this vote has been held “in a serious parliament, with two sculptures of the Catholic Monarchs, which has given the best years of democracy and constitution.” Thus, he has announced that the Popular Party will go “to the end” due to a “possible prevarication” by the president of the chamber, Meritxell Batet.
During his speech at the mid-campaign rally, he accused Batet of “cheating” in Congress and “twisting” national sovereignty because the table did not allow Casero to vote twice: once electronically -where the error occurred- and another in the plenary hall. For the ‘popular’ president, this vote has “condemned” the Frankenstein route, “tied to his creature” and the political parties of the hemicycle have realized that the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, is “toxic”. “He has gone from the Frankenstein coalition to the Dracula coalition. He infects everyone who agrees. Everyone who bites ends up being a zombie like him,” he explained, after listing the parties with which the government agreed.
Casado has responded to the former president of the government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who from León has assured that the PP is “a specialist in scoring own goals”. “When there is a referee, there are no kicks, no tripping and you don’t have the line judge in favor of the party that is ruling in Congress,” criticized Pablo Casado, who has rejected that Zapatero -“Maduro’s partner who achieved the greatest ruin of Spain” – speak of “regeneration or the future”.
The president of the PP has valued the early elections in Castilla y León for the PP candidate and regional president, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, because on February 13 -he assured- it will “affect” what the PP “wants to do in Spain”. “The PP with the president of the Board [Mañueco] has responsibly decided to bet on the stability of this land and make itself available to citizens against betrayal in office negotiations. We are fed up with negotiations, blackmail and pressure”, Casado has reproached.
Campaign in Castilla y León
Before Casado, the president of the PP of Palencia, Ángeles Armisén, the counselor and candidate of the PP for Palencia, Carlos Fernández Carriedo, and President Mañueco, who has assured that he “does not need” get on “a white horse” to say that he is “the president of the field”. The images of politicians in bucolic rural scenes have provoked controversy in the pre-campaign and electoral campaign. Casado himself has assured that he has done “with great honor two acts with animals” in his father’s town in Palencia and in his “adoption” town, in the province of Ávila.
Mañueco has assured that if the PP has governed in Castilla y León in the last 35 years it is because there is a “tune” similar to the “friendship of two friends”. “When there is harmony, it lasts forever. This happens with the PP and Castilla y León”, settled Mañueco, who has assured that his government is “effective and serious”. In addition, he has considered a “triumph” that “all of Spain” is observing Castilla y León for the electoral advance.
He has also criticized the recent visits by socialist ministers to Castilla y León. “The one who does not come is Sánchez, because he knows he is worn out. What a pity, with two or three more visits from Sánchez and we were going for everything. Let Sánchez come, please, come as soon as possible,” the PP candidate has claimed of Castilla y León from Palencia while Pedro Sánchez gave a rally in León accompanied by Zapatero and the candidate, Luis Tudanca.
The regional PP candidate has called his party to vote to have a “resounding” mandate that allows him to establish “a strong and stable government”, because a coalition government generates -according to him- “instability and uncertainty”. Again, he has avoided mentioning the candidate for the Presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León to center the figure of Pedro Sánchez as his political rival.
The president of the Palencia PP has opted to govern “without tolls or transfers” because in a coalition government there are no “transfers” but “impositions”. “We do not want a government like Sánchez’s, where democracy is not the government of the majority, but rather tension and imposition,” said Ángeles Armisén. In 2019, the PSOE won the elections although it did not reach a sufficient majority to govern; something that the Popular Party did when sealing its coalition with Ciudadanos.