Friday, January 21

Pontón hits Feijóo with the newspaper library: the 23 headlines in which the president blames others for the ills of Galicia

Alberto Núñez Feijóo received a good portion of newspaper archives in the parliamentary control session this Friday. Up to 23 headlines – and could “go on for hours” – in which he appeared blaming others for the ills of Galicia, Ana Pontón snapped at the president of the Xunta. Citizens, Portugal, Alcoa, the central government, university students, the opposition, Catalonia, the Bank of Spain or Zapatero are, in Feijóo’s eyes and according to the press in recent months, some of those responsible for the problems Galician

“Feijóo blames Vox for the BNG’s entry into Congress,” the BNG spokeswoman left for the end, which caused laughter in the hemicycle. The string of self-exculpatory information compiled by Pontón referred to all kinds of issues, from the disappearance of savings banks to forest fires, to the drop in the number of Galician speakers – this, according to Feijóo, is because of the families- to the everlasting industrial crisis, from regional financing – here the accusation was against Catalonia – to the restrictions due to the coronavirus. This, to throw the balls out, is one of the favorite tactics of the president of the Xunta de Galicia when he faces more or less thorny issues.

Not even someone as experienced in the Galician Parliament as him knew very well what to respond to the hemerographic barrage. The question registered by the nationalists was whether his work in the Presidency of the Galician Government was “useful to solve the problems of this country” and with it Ponton finished the first of the two interventions available to him in control. “What I do not know is the usefulness of your question today,” Feijóo argued from the outset, who did manage to wield an achievement in his unequivocal view: “Getting the BNG not to govern in Galicia since 2009, he forgot this headline.”

From that moment on, he raised the shot and relied on the usual argumentation of the popular against the Bloc. What if they only make “destructive criticisms”, what if by opposing ENCE they collaborate with industrial desertification, what if they are “ashamed of their principles” for stating that they are not pro-independence, that if they are just a stick of the Socialist Party with which they govern “Whenever they can.” He also told the nationalist leader that he had been “much longer” than him as a member of parliament and “knows a lot about stepping on the carpet.” Not really that much anymore. Pontón has been a deputy since February 2004. Feijóo, since August 2005.

The BNG spokeswoman maintained a calmer tone and assured that she noticed the president “a little hyperventilated.” He returned to the headlines of the newspaper library to cement his impression that Feijóo “when he sees problems, he does not look for solutions, but guilty ones.” And that he is not very given to self-criticism or the assumption of responsibilities. The president had given fairly steely proof of this in his earlier reply at the same session to the Socialist spokesman, Gonzalo Caballero. Then he made a triumphalist balance of the work of the Xunta in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “We always anticipate all the steps that were taken in the rest of the State,” he boasted.