The Popular Party has decided to distance itself from all the social agreements reached in recent months by the Government, the unions and the employers, in addition to opposing, as it did in the past, the laws and decrees that have led to new social advances, such as that of euthanasia or the recently presented LGTBI law, which includes a specific recognition of rights for transgender people.
Casado demands that all PP positions blame the “ineptitude of the Government” for the “fifth wave” of the pandemic
Pablo Casado’s plan consists of rejecting any decision in which the Executive of PSOE and United We can participate to maintain the attempt to delegitimize Pedro Sánchez’s team that the PP has been practicing since the beginning of the legislature, accusing him of going against the freedoms and trying to establish a “new regime” authoritarian in Spain. Also to justify the determination of the direction popular of not reaching a single agreement with the Government, not even to renew constitutional bodies such as the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and the Ombudsman –blocked by the PP for three years– or the Court of Accounts, whose mandate concluded on the 23rd, and that it has become the last workhorse between the popular and the Executive.
Genoa 13 considers that the time to be able to achieve a rapprochement with Moncloa has passed and that now, when the PP reappears as a possible first party in the country in the polls, what Casado’s team must do is to stand firm against the Government and dedicate themselves to explaining their alternative, because it is the strategy that works for them. “There is another way of doing things” is the slogan that the leader of the PP has repeated over and over again throughout this week, coinciding with the celebration of the traditional summer courses that the party organizes each year in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid) and that in the current edition have had a clear economic profile.
“We want to emphasize that the PP knows what it has to do in Spain to overcome this situation,” Casado pointed out in one of his speeches, in which he considered that Spain is experiencing a “social and economic crisis” of which, at his judgment, only your party can save it. “It is the same plan that got us out of the crisis in 96 and in 2011,” said the PP leader, in the face of the attempt to “anesthetize” Spain with a “Peronist policy”, which is what in his opinion practices government.
The need to “defibrillate Spain”
In this strategy of confronting the policies of the Executive, Casado has assured this week that in the preparation of the National Convention that the conservative training will conclude in October, even “written laws” that can be applied “the first 100 days” must be presented. when the PP reaches Moncloa. All this with the aim of “that in three months Spain can defibrillate” and “inject adrenaline into a country that is in a very bad situation.”
The last decision to which the leader of the PP has opposed frontally is the agreement reached last week by the Government and social agents to reform the pension system. This is part of the open war for months by the main opposition force against the bosses. The PP does not forgive that businessmen, a sector it considered related, have reached numerous agreements with the progressive government in the last two years, to which Casado’s management has opposed so much in labor matters, in the context of the pandemic, as in the matter of pensions.
On the subject of pensions, the president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), Antonio Garamendi, signed in La Moncloa, together with the Executive and the unions, on day 1, the agreement to reform the system a few minutes after Casado , with whom he coincided in an act that same day, criticized that same modification emphatically. The leader of the PP dismissed the reform as a “great mistake” and defended the current PP pension legislation by calling it “successful” despite the fact that the government of Mariano Rajoy, which approved it in its day, stopped applying it at the end of his term. .
Casado claimed the “success” of the two key elements of the unilateral pension legislation of 2013, which had neither the support of social dialogue nor the political consensus of the Toledo Pact. These elements, the pension revaluation index (which caused increases of 0.25%) and the sustainability factor, are annulled in the first block of the coalition government’s pension reform, which has been agreed with employers and unions.
The use of “propaganda” by the Government
Briefly, Casado expressed his “respect for the decisions taken” by the businessmen but, afterwards, he assured that “the Government is making toxic use of the communication propaganda of all the agreements it wants to reach.” “A government has never been seen that conveys to the public opinion that there are agreements”, he added, “to take photos”, all this “without Parliament saying anything.” “The consensus emerges in Parliament. For three years there has been no dialogue with the opposition, what there has been is a swallow,” he complained.
In the justification of this unchecking of the PP from all social agreements, Casado included the approval – not express support – from the business community, including Garamendi, to the government’s pardons for the independence prisoners. For the president of the popular, these business associations, including the majority, “do not represent anyone.” Moreover, Casado has linked the pacts between the Executive and the employers with “an emptying of parliamentarism in Spain.”
“If we want to improve the quality of democracy, let us trust the representatives of democracy,” said the PP leader two weeks ago, before complaining that the Executive negotiates the laws with unions, employers, associations and civil society. “I am going to end up negotiating a law with Father Ángel,” he ironized.
As for recent social advances, Casado’s leadership has decided to adopt a path identical to that followed by the right against divorce, abortion or equal marriage law in the past. These are laws that, despite the initial rejection of the PP and its appeals before the courts, once these judicial measures were rejected the party has ended up assuming and even using.
“The party of freedom”
As in the aforementioned cases, Genoa 13 has now appealed to the Constitutional Court the euthanasia law approved by Congress last March, although not in its entirety. The popular ones appealed five articles and an additional provision, focusing their text mainly on the guarantee of conscientious objection of doctors and on formal questions. However, as soon as the new regulation was approved, which had the support of all the groups in the Lower House except those of PP and Vox, Casado considered that with “125,000 deaths from coronavirus” it was not the “best time to address” Euthanasia.
“And most importantly, there has been no dialogue with anyone,” he complained, to defend the promotion of palliative care. The head of the opposition considers that Spain needs “a boost to palliative care”, since there are 0.6 services per 100,000 inhabitants in palliative care. “It is the same figure as in Georgia and Romania,” he said.
Another of the social advances that the PP plans to take to court is the LGTBI law presented by the Government last week, at least if it remains as approved last week in the Council of Ministers, recognizing the gender self-determination of trans people. “We are against the so-called gender self-determination, which generates great legal insecurity,” the popular point out in their internal arguments.
However, Genoa 13 claims to claim “equality among all Spaniards, without any discrimination being able to prevail.” “This is the party of freedom, and that is why we are going to protect and defend the freedom of people to feel, love whoever they want and how they want,” says in its internal texts the same PP that appealed the law of equal marriage and that maintained the appeal in the Constitutional Court until it was rejected, in 2012.