The President of the Government and Secretary General of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, has suggested that the Popular Party look at the United Kingdom to see the consequences of the tax reduction policies. Sanchez has made these statements in Soria, where he has gone this Saturday to participate in a public act. After touring the municipal market in the company of the regional secretary, Luis Tudanca, the Government delegate, Virgina Barcones, the secretary of Organization of the PSOE of Castilla y León, Ana Sánchez and the mayor of Soria, Carlos Martínez, Sánchez addressed the sorianos in La Alameda.
Boasting of a government with “objective, method and commitment” he recalled that the Executive has approved ten crisis response packages since June. “Public policies have to be financed with public income and that is everyone’s taxes and, especially, those who have the most”. The president has stated that “lessons” must be drawn from both the pandemic and the current crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. “I do not forget that we entered the pandemic with 4,600 ICU beds while in Germany there were 28,000, and what would have happened to this country if we had not entered with 30,000 fewer health professionals, which is what the Popular Party cut during the decade from 2010 to 2018, and we would have had 30,000 more, which is the commitment of the Government of Spain, to continue strengthening the welfare state”, he underlined.
Sánchez has criticized that those who asked for more aid at that stage are now “crying for generalized and indiscriminate tax cuts” and has wondered what would have happened in Spain if others had governed. “It is not an abstraction, it is not a theoretical exercise: look at what has happened in the United Kingdom to know exactly what the consequences of that type of economic policy are,” she has suggested.
He has also indicated that from the right they affirm that the money “is better in the pockets of the citizens” and questioned whether the solutions should also come out of those pockets. As an example, he referred to the cost of a heart transplant, 90,000 euros with universal, public and free healthcare, and a million and a half euros in the United States. With a “social and fiscal justice”, he has opted to help the working class to pay the bills with reductions in VAT on electricity and gas and with energy companies and large fortunes “putting their shoulders to the wheel”.
He has also talked about pensions and their revaluation, which account for 12% of GDP when in Germany they are 16 and in Portugal 14. “The problem in Spain is not pensions, who has the problem is the political right, media and economic, which wants to turn what is a right into merchandise”, he declared. Thus, he has recalled that in 2020 the Toledo Pact was renewed and that the PP voted in favor but not “the extreme right”. However, that same PP “today does not speak clearly” and is “ambiguous” regarding the revaluation.
Sánchez’s walk and subsequent rally in Soria have not been calm, but neither have they for the Soria Ya party, which the day before had insisted on meeting with the Prime Minister. The local party called a protest rally in the same space that Sánchez attended and ended up being transferred to another area by the Police, who even identified the regional deputy Ángel Ceña. The incident was dealt with glancingly in the intervention of the leader of the PSOE of Castilla y León, Luis Tudanca, who spoke of those who only know how to make noise “because they are a little bad at working”. Thus, he commented, the “right” “turned its head like the exorcist’s girl” upon learning that Sánchez would go to Soria and clarified: he was not referring only to the PP and Vox but to others who “with the being neither on the left nor on the right, they always fall on the same side”.
“Mañueco is only moderate for work”
He has also spoken of the Chairman of the Board, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, whom he has said is “moderate”, but “only for work” because “in the rest he is quite radical”. Tudanca has warned of the danger of reproducing the pact between PP and Vox in Castilla y León at the national level.
Tudanca has based himself on the film ‘The life of Bryan’ and ‘what have the Romans done for us’ to review all the actions of the Government and those specific to Soria, such as raising the Interprofessional Minimum Wage, the labor reform, the extension of the broadband so many times promised by the PP or the boost to the sections of the A-11, the Soria-Torralba, the Soria-Castejón or the decentralization that the Social Security Data Center will launch in the province or the National Center of Photography.
The Government delegate in Castilla y León, Virginia Barcones, recalled that the Junta de Castilla y León has only launched a third of the European funds that it is responsible for managing. She thus specified that the Government has executed the 600 million European funds that it has made available for this territory, while the Board has barely executed 400 of a total of 1,200. “We put projects on the table and the Government of Pedro Sánchez finds the financing to carry them out and that our sons and daughters can continue living in our land, for which they have fought so much,” she claimed.
The mayor of Soria, Carlos Martínez, has stressed that “the greatest of the strengths” is that the PSOE is in the Government with a “social shield to protect the weakest” that allows it to resist “even the PP governments”. “Public policies are the only ones that guarantee equal opportunities among those of us who were not born in a cradle, but rather have to earn a living with sweat,” he concluded.