“We had to nationalize the banks to avoid the bankruptcy of the country.” “We raised taxes 10 days after reaching the government even though we said we were going to lower them.” “We were not there to do ideology, but to solve a crisis. Do what must be done.” “You have to forget about slogans, dogmatism, demagoguery and sectarianism. With that you will not get out of the crisis in any way.” With these four pills, Mariano Rajoy has marked the path to Pablo Casado at the inauguration of the PP political convention that will culminate next Sunday in Valencia. The former president of the Government has taken advantage of his intervention to defend his legacy, justify himself in the EU about the toughest decisions made by his Executive, lash out at the multiparty system and explain that “populisms” are a direct consequence of four elements: “threatened identities” , “corruption”, “immigration” and “economic crises”.
Married ‘clicks’ in his attempt to organize a convention that broadens the political base of the PP
Casado has launched his big week this Monday, which has to serve the leader of the PP, according to his design, to consolidate himself as a government alternative three years after reaching the leadership of his party. A convention that despite the initial declared intention, has not managed to open itself “to the left” and that is sustained, above all, in the presence of leaders and former leaders of the PP, of the European sister parties and ideologically related intellectuals.
The convention was also preceded by an internal row starring the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and in which Casado has managed to impose his will, at least for the moment. A war that contains very old traces of what the PP has been in recent decades, and that Rajoy suffered in his own flesh in not very different terms. Perhaps because of this, and because of the very political style that has forged in his almost four decades in the institution, the former party leader has preferred to tiptoe through this conflict and focus on something that equalizes all politicians when they leave the front line: vindicate your legacy.
“The stability pact has been suspended. There are expansionary policies and the Government can spend. There are European funds, when in our time European funds were zero. The ECB buys state debt and there are no risk premium problems. At that time era did not do what it had to do. The difference is abysmal. Today’s situation makes it easier to get out of the crisis, “he fired, with some resentment and hiding that his Executive requested a rescue from the EU of 100,000 million to save to the bank.
Rajoy has recognized that intervention in the financial system, although without relating it to the EU. In fact, he has done it to say a phrase that, in the mouth of another leader or former leader of other ideological coordinates, would take hours of gatherings and news: “We had to nationalize the banks to avoid the bankruptcy of the country.” The confession did not come alone. “We raised taxes 10 days after reaching the government, when we said we were going to lower them.”
Who has used the word that for so many years was banned has been Pablo Casado, to say in the presentation of the colloquium that Rajoy “won with an absolute majority with a very clear mandate, to avoid the rescue in which the left had left us.” It took just six months to order.
The former president has justified himself in that his government “was not there to make ideology”, but “to solve a crisis.” “Do what must be done and do not do demagogy”, has claimed Rajoy, who has left several messages during his speech without a clear recipient, as is usual in him. Another: “You have to forget about slogans, dogmatism, demagoguery and sectarianism. With that you do not get out of the crisis in any way.”
Against “populisms” and “multipartism”
These economic crises are, as Rajoy explained, one of the seeds of the “birth of populist parties or parties infected” with populism. Some of what, he said, Spain has “experience.” Again without pointing out anyone, without giving many clues as to who he is referring to, perhaps so that many take for granted. In fact, he has uncovered what, in his opinion, is the recipe for these “populist” options to emerge, as the Popular Alliance of Manuel Fraga, which later became the PP, once defined itself. Added to the economic crises are “threatened identities, government corruption and immigration (” in Europe we have seen parties that have emerged due to immigration in their exaggerated opinion “.
Tackling economic crises, he concluded, allows “avoiding populist temptations, multipartism and unstable governments.” Again, Rajoy has avoided mentioning if he is thinking about what happens to the left, to the right or to both sides. Even within him.
Rajoy has contrasted the concepts of democracy and populism, as if they were antonyms, and has pointed out some other ingredients of the recipe that generates these pernicious movements, in his opinion. “The difficulty in finding work, low salaries, public services that do not work, poverty, … All this creates the temptation to support parties that believe that they will fix everything in a quarter of an hour,” he said. sustained.
Mariano Rajoy, always with the idea of justifying what he did, how he did it and the results he obtained, has pointed out that the crisis at that time was caused by economic “imbalances”. “Now the economy had to be paralyzed to save health,” he asserted. Without doubts or “buts”. Without putting both issues on the same level. “Paralyze the economy to save health,” he said. In May 2020, Casado snapped at Pedro Sánchez during a government control session: “The economy can cause more damage to health than the virus itself.”
As the economy had to be stopped to save health, according to Rajoy, the rest that happened was more predictable: “Thus, all non-essential activity was suppressed. Spain is a country of services, with a lot of tourism and medium-sized companies. And that resulted in the crisis hitting us harder than others. ” The former president has defended other elements of the crisis management of the coalition government, such as the “ICO aid”, so criticized by Casado and his family, or the ERTE, although in this case to say that it was he who legislated them. Rajoy has denounced the “lack of direct aid to companies” that there has been in another country, a message more addressed to the orthodox part of the Government headed by Nadia Calviño.
Casado spoke about the economic vice president. “The legacy that the PP is going to receive when we come to the government will be very different” from the one that, he said, the PSOE received from Rajoy. “Spain is the country most affected by the Covid crisis. We will be the EU country that will recover later,” he predicted.
Faced with what was defended by Rajoy, Casado has considered that Spain is one of the “countries that have done the worst, that later undertook the measures and more abruptly applied them”, and that “they got up at a time when a electoral revenue and leave the responsibility to other administrations “.
Casado has spoken of a “déjà vu” in view of the fact that “Calviño lies sipping the forecasts of the INE” that “she knew”. “Remember Solbes, he will have to leave the Government before he ends his reputation, or the one that remains,” he has settled.