Wednesday, July 6

The PP votes with Vox in Cantabria to offer the king emeritus a Comillas palace so that he can establish his residence in Spain

The Plenary Session of the Parliament of Cantabria has rejected this Monday, by the votes of the PRC, PSOE and Ciudadanos, the Vox proposal that sought to condemn the recent criticism of the regional president, Miguel Ángel Revilla, of the king emeritus in a television program and also urge the regional government to make the Palace of Sobrellano de Comillas available to Juan Carlos I so that he may establish his residence in Spain.

This non-law proposal of Vox, which also proposed in its remaining point to ratify the parliamentary agreement of support and respect for the Crown agreed in February 2020, has only had the support of the PP and the deputy fugitive Marta García, ex of Citizens.

Thus, the far-right party and the PP have harshly criticized Revilla’s statements on May 25 on the television program ‘El Hormiguero’, in which he described the Emeritus as a “vivalavirgen”, a “cheek” and a “tax evader”. These parties have reminded Revilla of his status as president of Cantabria and, therefore, of representative of all Cantabrians, many of whom, according to him, felt “ashamed” when listening to Revilla.

In this sense, the spokesman for the popular, Íñigo Fernández, has warned Revilla that, although “he has little left of president”, “today it is due to all Cantabrians.” “Next year around this time, in a private capacity, maybe you can go talk and say what you want wherever you want”, said the ‘popular’, alluding to the possibility that Revilla, after the regional elections 2023, no longer hold this position.

From the PP and Vox they have asked him not to join his “attacks” on the king to those who, in his opinion in an interested way and with the aim of ending the constitutional regime of 1978, seek to deteriorate the image of the Monarchy, of the Emeritus and the current monarch Felipe VI. “Don’t play that”, the PP spokesman has demanded.

For its part, the far-right formation has vindicated the value of the emeritus Juan Carlos I who, according to his parliamentary spokesman Cristóbal Palacio, “represents the best of the spirit of the Transition” and the “spirit of conciliation” of all Spaniards after the Dictatorship, a contribution that surpasses, in his opinion, any “chiaroscuro”. In his opinion, Juan Carlos I “will go down in history as the best king Spain has had in the last five centuries.”

In addition, from Vox they have reproached Revilla that while “Cantabria burns on all four sides”, with demonstrations and strikes, he dedicates himself to going to television sets to increase his “celebrity” and then sell books, “which is where the business”.

Meanwhile, the PRC has expressed the “absolute respect”, “recognition” and “support” of the party to the Monarchy and Felipe VI in the “so difficult moments” that the institution is experiencing “because” of the king emeritus and his behavior.

The regionalists have defended their general secretary and have claimed their right to freedom of expression. In fact, his spokesperson, Pedro Hernando, believes that what Revilla said is what “hundreds of thousands of Cantabrians and millions of Spaniards” think. Also from the PRC they have branded as “irrational” the part of the initiative to make the Palace of Sobrellano de Comillas available so that the Emeritus –“a confessed tax evader and with a fiscal address in Abu Dhabi”, insisted Hernando– fix his residence and has criticized, above all, that the PP supports him, considering that it would be a “magnificent” way to promote Comillas.

Ironically, Hernando has pointed out that, based on the same reason for advertising, Luis Bárcenas, Rodrigo Rato, Carlos Fabra or Jaume Matas could be invited to “come to Santoña”. “There they have the prison because they are already sentenced”, he has asserted.

The Royal Family and the Magdalena Palace

It should be remembered that the Royal Family already had a residence in Santander. This was the Palacio de la Magdalena, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century and was used as the summer residence of Alfonso XIII and his family from 1913 until the proclamation of the Second Republic in 1931.

After the end of the dictatorship, Juan de Borbón, son of Alfonso XIII, sold the palace to Juan Hormaechea, mayor of Santander for Alianza Popular, and the transaction of 150 million pesetas was surrounded by controversy because the left-wing parties considered that there was no to pay for a property that the city itself had given to the Bourbons. This operation between the father of Juan Carlos I and the Consistory of Santander was one of the numerous sales carried out by the Count of Barcelona to increase a fortune that, at his death, amounted to 1,100 million pesetas, of which more than 725 million were deposited in accounts in Switzerland.

Since 1977, both the palace and the stables, which had been used by the Francoist side as a concentration camp for prisoners, were transferred to the public. Now, what is known as the Magdalena Peninsula is a lure for tourists and residents of Santander, in addition to being the headquarters of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), a use that it already housed during the Second Republic with the poet Pedro Salinas as general secretary.

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