Friday, January 28

The gift of ‘Yoli’ to the PP and Vox

This is the story of two countries called Spain. One of them is on the brink of apocalypse, because of an illegitimate, incompetent, traitorous and criminal Castro-Chavista government whose sole objective in this world is the compulsive destruction of everything around it. A government that must be overthrown at all costs, for the good of the country, and against which there is room for insults, mockery and disqualification even in parliament. It is the country of Vox and of a PP irretrievably heeled to the extreme right. The other country is the one we saw this Thursday: one where businessmen and unions, coordinated by the Executive, negotiate in a civilized manner and agree, as had not been seen in three decades, to reform a labor law that was clearly harmful to workers .

The architect of this undoubted success has been the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz. The same one that the hordes of Vox refer disparagingly as ‘Yoli’ and which the spokesperson for the ultra formation, Macarena Olona – the same one who is outraged when someone describes her far-right party – called “ugly” in parliamentary session. Beyond what everyone may think about the attributes of the Labor holder, the fact of introducing the physical aspect as an element of the political debate only reveals the intellectual and moral ugliness of those who proceed in such a way. Well, that ‘ugly Yoli’ has given the saddest Christmas gift to a right wing bent on doing whatever it takes, even breaking the coexistence in Spain to pieces, in order to come to power: an agreement. A pact. An arrangement between two parties with usually conflicting interests, such as employers and workers’ organizations.

The PSOE and Unidas Podemos had happily committed to completely repeal the labor law of 2012, which the Government of Rajoy imposed by decree due to its inability to reach an agreement with the social agents. I say happily, because in reality what had to be removed from that law were some very specific aspects that clearly harmed the interests of the workers. Due to the news that transcended the closing of this column, the most sensitive points will be abrogated: the use of temporary contracts will be limited to avoid abuses, foreseeable seasonal jobs will be made through discontinuous fixed contracts, sectorial agreements will again take precedence over agreements business, and collective agreements will remain in force until the parties agree to renew them. This does not mean that from now on we will have a fair and balanced labor market. There is still a long way to go to achieve that goal. However, the novelty of this case is that some abuses perpetrated unilaterally against the workers by the previous PP government have been undone. As Minister Díaz pointed out yesterday, it is “the first labor reform that recovers and gains rights for workers.” Until now, the tradition was that the reforms – both those of the PP and those of the PSOE – systematically curtailed their rights in the name of “competitiveness”, “productivity”, “fiscal discipline” and sacrosanct globalization.

I suppose that the boss of the bosses, Antonio Garamendi, will face the wrath of the PP and Vox for having agreed with the communist international whose strings George Soros moves from distant deserts. Six months ago, Garamendi had to endure the slights of both parties for daring to say, in relation to the pardons to the prisoners of the procés, that “if things are normalized, welcome.” How did a natural ally of the right come to bless the normalization of the country, when what is sought is the opposite: a climate of permanent confrontation in which there is no room for nuances and interstices for understanding? And now, as Pablo Casado would say, what the hell would have crossed his mind to allow the Government to score so much of, nothing more and nothing less, a consensual labor reform? Why the hell is he giving that oxygen balloon to the enemy?

We do not know the ins and outs of the nine-month negotiation that led to the agreement. We suppose that European funds for economic recovery have weighed on the bosses’ spirit, which will ultimately be used to stimulate the country’s productive sector. And that injection of money – you don’t have to be a lynx to notice it – will come in handy for entrepreneurs. As we pointed out in a previous column, aid from Brussels largely explains the desperation of the right wing. We are talking about extraordinary sums that, due to those sometimes annoying things of democracy called elections, it has been the responsibility of the ‘irresponsible reds’ to manage and not those who ‘know the real needs of the Spanish’.

The labor reform is not the only Christmas gift that the right is receiving from the real country. The Government has also managed to carry out the Budgets, revalidating the support of the investiture, which indicates that the PSOE-UP mandate continues its course without producing a government crisis like the Portuguese one, which two months ago our right-wing celebrated as the prelude to what would inexorably happen in Spain. Added to this is the latest CIS barometer, in which the PSOE extends its advantage over the PP by 7.2 points. And there is also the result of the parliamentary commission that investigated the Kitchen operation, which has reached the very serious conclusion that Mariano Rajoy and Dolores de Cospedal learned about the illegal plot mounted in the Ministry of the Interior to cover up the PP scandals.

Definitely, in the real country things are not going as the PP and Vox would like. It is understood that they prefer to seclude themselves in their virtual country, that magical territory that is about to be destroyed by the Bolshevik mobs.