Wednesday, August 4

The Dutchman is a son of a bitch, July 18 was not a coup and other crazy adventures of the Spanish right

Every day that passes you can see the terror that the Popular Party feels at the arrival of European funds. We frequently hear its leaders say that the Government of Pedro Sánchez is already amortized, inert or simply dead, while they demand immediate elections, today better than tomorrow, to put an end to their suffering. However, they miss comments in relation to the millionaire aid that will arrive from Brussels that reveal their apprehension. They see that there will be no elections in just over two years, they imagine Sánchez throwing bags of euros from a helicopter, and the collar of their shirts begins to get wet with sweat.

Their analysis of the impact those funds will have is a bit of a miracle – the economy doesn’t work that way – but they see everything in zero-sum terms. Everything that benefits the Spanish economy will be used by the Government and will directly harm the opposition. They traveled to Brussels to sow doubts among the rulers of the European People’s Party and finally they were disappointed that the European Commission approved with a high note the plans presented by Sánchez.

They always have the hope that at some point someone in Brussels will turn off the tap to the Government and unbalance the electoral balance for the benefit of the PP. What happens to the Spanish economy is none of your business. That he hadn’t gotten involved with Sánchez.

Pablo Casado was the host of a debate this Monday within the acts that they call preparatory for the party’s convention in October, which more seem like an excuse for him not to stop for a second in the office and appear every day in the media. He shared the stage with two former UCD ministers, Rafael Arias Salgado and Ignacio Camuñas. The second has drifted to the reactionary right and lived up to its reputation. The first one has a more moderate speech in principle, but he won the wild competition on the street. It was as if the dinosaurs returned to Earth and began to eat mammals of all sizes. And Casado applauding his voracious appetite.

Arias Salgado, who was also a minister in an Aznar government, had read in the morning in El Mundo a news item on the front page with the rather inflated headline that “Holland asks to make funds contingent for Spain to comply with the reforms. “This is not an initiative presented in Brussels, but the usual disdain of some northern European governments for those Mediterranean countries addicted to working little and consuming large quantities of sangria and paella. It is not that the Dutch government chaired by Mark Rutte be to give many lessons this yearBut those messages often work well for your constituency.

Arias Salgado had become like a motorcycle when reading the news and had the pleasure of sharing his joy with the public of the event.

Arias Salgado: “Today I read in the newspaper that Rutte, the Dutchman, who is a son of a bitch …”.

(Some comments in the public, Arias laughs heartily and Casado smiles delightedly)

Arias Salgado: “… he will closely monitor …”.

Camuñas: “Thank God, blessed Rutte!”.

Arias Salgado, still enthusiastic about his occurrence: “That is what I was going to say, that he is going to closely monitor the application and granting of European funds to Spain.”

Such are the great heroes of the Spanish right, those illustrious retirees who insult the prime minister of an EU member country as if they were tied to the bottle, and who at the same time would celebrate that this politician was a real son of a bitch, because in that case it would be our son of a bitch. Our, to the right.

Married couldn’t agree more. For this reason, a few seconds after Arias Salgado was portrayed with his fine analysis, the leader of the PP summarized the first speeches of his companions enthralled: “What a luxury of presentations.” He had introduced himself as the moderator of the discussion. In this case, you have to understand that he was moderating his enthusiasm at what he heard.

The luxury it had reached such a point that Camuñas offered his particular theory of the Civil War: “The main person responsible for the Civil War was the Government of the Republic.” Therefore, it was clear that “what happened in 1936 was not a coup d’etat.” The only thing left to say was that the murder of 2,000 people in the Badajoz massacre was in self-defense. Married was unfazed.

It is difficult to find coherence in the words of Camuñas, 80, because only a few moments later he said as convinced as before that “we must not delve into the past.” It rewrites the entire history of the Civil War, at least as it is told by historians, except those who collaborate with the Francisco Franco Foundation, and then says that we must not remember the past. He had done it with an ax in his hand.

Camuñas was minister of the UCD less than two years until 1979. It is possible that he was only remembered then his youth when he came to the Government, 36 years old, and the nickname with which Francisco Umbral registered him, “Nacho de Noche”. Perhaps one of his great contributions to democracy in Spain, possibly the only one, was his fondness for Madrid’s nightlife with all its charms, quite hidden until then. Thus, he fulfilled Adolfo Suárez’s order to elevate to a normal political category what was already normal in the street in the section of drinks and dances. For such services to the homeland with total disregard for health and hours of sleep, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos III.

When the body no longer gave him so many joys, he participated in the founding of Vox in 2014 and was one of its three vice presidents, although he left the party at nine months. His exit was due to internal fights, although it is more likely that the failure of the new far-right party in the European elections that year caused him to lose enthusiasm. As he was minister of the UCD, for Casado, he is a high-level intellectual who is interested in having in this type of event.

Obviously, the three participants were against the law of historical memory and the new law that the Government will present this Tuesday. They made vague allusions to “concord,” which fits a little badly with Camuñas’s words, although in reality these laws worry them for other reasons. The usual, the conspiracy. “The true claim of the memory law is to delegitimize the constitutional pact,” said Arias Salgado. Camuñas denounced that the law of Zapatero’s time “attacks the fundamentals of the Constitution.”

It is curious, but it seems that what they are saying is that the Constitution imposed by decree the historical amnesia – an accusation that is sometimes heard on the left -, with which any attempt to better understand the terrible Spanish past of the 30s supposes an attack on the Magna Carta itself.

With defenders of the Constitution like these, it has merit that it has lasted so long.

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