Wednesday, November 30

The mortgage of the Government of Castilla y León

Vox has entered the Government of Castilla y León under the terms that he himself has set. He advanced it during the electoral campaign, he reaffirmed it on election night as soon as the results were known and without the need to put additional pressure of any kind, he has managed to get the PP to jump through the hoop. Not Pablo Casado’s PP, but Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s PP. It was on the same day as the presentation of the 55,000 guarantees that he had to bless the occupation by Vox of the Presidency of Parliament and the entry into the Government with a vice-presidency and three ministries.

It had been discussed whether Vox would be interested in putting all the meat on the grill when entering the Government of Castilla y León or if, on the contrary, it would be more interested in waiting for the Andalusian elections and then forcing the PP to accept it as a partner of government. The doubt has been cleared. Vox has decided that the first thing that Alberto Núñez Feijóo does, even before being elected president of the PP, is to bless the entry of the extreme right as a governing partner of the PP.

Vox has marked, therefore, the agenda of the new president of the PP since before he was. Any government formula that comes forward will lack credibility without taking into consideration the possible contribution of Vox to it. It is the first question that journalists are going to ask him when he appears before the media as president of the PP. In the same way that it will also be the first question asked of Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla when he calls the elections in Andalusia.

This is what Vox’s entry into the Government of Castilla y León means. It cannot be overlooked that Vox won only one seat in the last elections in Castilla y León and had 12 in Andalusia. With the tendency of Ciudadanos to disappear, it is obvious that the number of Vox seats in Andalusia is going to grow considerably. It also seems clear that this trend will be indicated by all the polls that are made public until the elections are held and that Vox will announce with great fanfare that their seats will have to be taken into consideration when forming a government. Will Núñez Feijóo and Moreno Bonilla be able to refrain from saying something about Vox’s claim? Will they be able to ignore Vox as a possible government partner?

The questions answer themselves. Alberto Núñez Feijóo is the first president of the PP who has linked his performance in office to the alliance with Vox. This has happened in Castilla y León. This is how it will happen in the Andalusian elections, in the municipal and regional elections of May 2023 and this will happen in the general elections at the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024.

Abascal’s shadow will accompany him from today. In Spain and in Europe. The more he does to separate himself from him, as Pablo Casado did in the speech of the motion of censure presented by Vox against Pedro Sánchez, the more visible the distance between what he says and what he does will become. Alberto Núñez Feijóo, like Pablo Casado, will strive to distance himself from Abascal in his speech, without being able to do so in fact. Núñez Feijóo, even less than Pablo Casado.

When the contradiction between what is said and what is done is visible to all, the result is already known. The coalition government of Castilla y León has become a mortgage that is going to burden the presidency of Alberto Núñez Feijóo of the PP and that, very probably, will condemn him in the general elections. If Núñez Feijóo hopes that he can reach the presidency of the Government of the Nation hand in hand with Santiago Abascal, it seems to me that he waits in vain. That, however, is what the formation of the coalition government of Castilla y León means.