Tuesday, October 26

The 100 days of the new Ayuso government: control of Telemadrid and the battle for the power of the PP

A former senior official of the PP, experienced in the regional and municipal governments of Madrid, classifies political leaders into two types: “Those who bet on management and those who do so through discourse.” “And it is evident which is the model of Isabel Díaz Ayuso,” he adds about the president of the Community of Madrid, placing her in the second group. Ayuso meets this Sunday the already traditional mark of the first 100 days at the helm of the regional government, this time alone, after revalidating the position on June 18 thanks to the support of Vox. Just over three months characterized – like her previous stage as president of a coalition with Ciudadanos – by the total absence of management and the constant clash with the Government of Pedro Sánchez, which conscientiously seeks the Madrid president in every decision and public intervention . The balance is poor: a law to take control of Telemadrid, zero budgets and the beginning of an internal battle to lead the PP in Madrid.

Ayuso was sworn in as president for the second time in less than two years on June 18 after deciding on an electoral advance a few months earlier whose main objective was to erase Citizens from his government, and from the map, after a coalition characterized by constant friction. The plan went perfectly to the Madrid leader and those who had been the partners who raised her to the top of the Community of Madrid in August 2019 – when she obtained the worst result in the history of the Madrid PP as a candidate – disappeared of the Madrid Assembly.

“I want to govern alone, in freedom, because I want to commit to making a series of reforms and measures that are now needed for Madrid,” he said during the electoral campaign. The reality is that in the first 100 days of government, its management has been characterized by the absence of reforms, as it happened during the previous two years when the Government only promoted a legislative reform, the umpteenth modification of the Land Law , that was approved with controversy and that is in the courts after several appeals from the opposition.

The complete absence of legislative reforms characterized his first term, but the concentration of power after the elections has not improved the situation. The only initiative promoted in this new stage has been the reform of the Public Radio Television law to control the entity, which was expressly approved by a single reading in July, less than a month after taking office, and which led to the sudden termination of the direction of the regional chain, against whom Ayuso had openly shown his deep disagreement, to the point of affirming that she was the only president who had a television that was critical of her. At the head of the entity, he has appointed José Antonio Sánchez, a friend of the PP who was already in charge of Telemadrid and who promoted an ERE that left 74% of the workforce on the street.

The Ayuso government was unable during the previous legislature with Ciudadanos to carry out budgets, and continues to govern with those of 2019, a pre-pandemic world that limits the government’s action and makes it difficult to manage European funds. Now, the Madrid leader promises that she will present a draft of the accounts at the end of October. It is up to Vox to get them approved and the extreme right is already asking for a tax cut – something they agree on – and a cut in the budget for the fight against sexist violence and lgtbiphobia – something that Ayuso is willing to give them. , as she herself has declared.

The first stumbling block with the extreme right has been overcome with flying colors. The proof that the extreme right does not intend to pose too many complications for Ayuso came in July with his abstention from the controversial reform of the Telemadrid law. The second part of that agreement arrived this Thursday with the pact between the Vox spokesperson in the Assembly, Rocío Monasterio, and the Minister of the Presidency, Enrique López, to reduce the budget of the public entity by 10% in exchange for supporting the provisional administrator , José Antonio Sánchez, who with the reform of the law could be infinite if the agreement with the opposition to appoint a consensus administrator was never reached, such as José Pablo López, elected by a large majority in 2017.

This pact smoothes the negotiations for the budgets and gives stability to the government in the face of future reforms, they believe in the PP. “This time there will be budgets because we agree on the fundamentals,” says a deputy from the formation. In Vox they ask to negotiate and at least appear in the photo.

The regional accounts, in a drawer since 2019, will serve Ayuso to fulfill his until now unfulfilled promise to reduce the income tax tranche by 0.5% to all incomes, also the highest, with which the regional administration will stop raising 300 million euros. Added to this is the abolition of lower taxes that amount to another 3.4 million, taxes that were condemned to disappear but that Ayuso has used to reimpose the propaganda of a liberal government that strips citizens of tax burdens.

The Ayuso government has not needed 100 days to demonstrate its priorities: assault Telemadrid, suffocate primary care and govern for its ego and its ideological crusade. Not a single project to do and not a single indecency to stop showing. 100 days that will be 2 years of social decline, insults to the opposition and political indolence. 20:44

The contest for power within the PP in Madrid is also part of these first 100 days of the Madrid president’s mandate, an internal battle that will still last a few months. Ayuso decided to run for organic leadership on May 4 after the broad support at the polls. But the announcement was made a few weeks ago coinciding with the beginning of the political course, which has pitted her against the national leadership. “The battle is more than won, but in any case they will not be able to distract us from what is really our objective: Pedro Sánchez,” says a person very close to Ayuso.

Another of the legs that have characterized his pre-election mandate and that will be the pillar of his government before the 2023 elections. All the decisions that Ayuso makes are aimed at confronting Sánchez, such as the law to shield Madrid’s tax system or the educational reform to counteract the Celáa law, both still in a very preliminary phase.

The opposition is pessimistic about the two years ahead. “The Ayuso government has not needed 100 days to demonstrate its priorities: assault Telemadrid, suffocate primary care and govern for its ego and its ideological crusade. Not a single project to do and not a single indecency to stop showing”, criticizes the spokeswoman for Más Madrid Mónica García, who insists that the 100 days “will be 2 years of social decline, insults to the opposition and political indolence.” These 100 days have left us with a rather bitter taste. We have a president more aware of her personal career to move the chair to Pablo Casado than to govern.

“Unfortunately we continue, since 2018, without a government and without direction, and with no prospect of having it in the next year and a half. Instead of managing to solve the problems of citizenship, the obsession in their personal political career and their ambitions within the PP, they have led him to appropriate what should belong to everyone: public radio and television, limiting plurality and freedom of information “, laments the PSOE spokesperson, Hana Jalloul. Criticisms also shared by the deputy of United We Can, Carolina Alonso, who considers that these 100 days leave “a rather bitter taste.” “We have a president more aware of her personal career to move Pablo Casado’s chair than to govern.”

While he is lost in the internal fight, Ayuso has yet to implement the promised plan to improve Primary Care, announced a year ago and also during the campaign, and which is still in the drawer. Meanwhile, professionals denounce every day that passes the unsustainable of a system that degrades public services in steps.