“Andalusians and Andalusians, good morning.” The voice-over that at 11:18 this Saturday announced that the rally with Pedro Sánchez was beginning in Dos Hermanas left no doubt that the campaign has begun more than officially for the Socialists, who only need to ask for the vote to that the campaign is a campaign at all.
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While the video with an Andalusian accent of the campaign ‘Andalusia wants more, is not resigned’ was projected on the screens, the arrival of “ministers and ministers” who supported the event with their presence, up to eight, was announced.
And all of this, where Sánchez began his then unusual career years ago to lead the PSOE, in Dos Hermanas, where the now former mayor, Francisco Toscano, has always given shelter to the Prime Minister, even when he was just a militant who toured the country with his Peugeot, to the point of coining the term “Toscanistas” for the staunchest followers of ‘Sanchismo’ in this part of southern Spain. Sánchez, looping the loop of familiarity with which socialists call their positions in public (Pepe Griñán, Manolo Chaves…), has called Toscano ‘Kiko’, without many of those present knowing who he was referring to.
“All the socialist projects that are born in Dos Hermanas are winning projects”, snapped Francisco Rodríguez, the now mayor, to receive Juan Espadas. With a more biblical than electoral tone, he has received “Pedro and Juan”, while the public waved their fans almost eagerly to mitigate the 30 degrees outside, multiplied by the canvas of the fairground booth chosen for the rally.
Less ratio but more seats
Stuck in flour on stage, Juan Espadas has turned the rally into a tribute to Sánchez and his team. He has asked that his work be recognized, that what he has faced since he carried out the motion of censure be taken into account, and he has spent 90% of his time demanding that his boss’s work not go unnoticed.
The rest of the time has been used to put some electoral promises on the table, possibly waiting for when the campaign itself begins, when the vote can already be asked without embarrassment.
Juan Espadas has put on the table the commitment to promote “quality education”, and has promised to lower the ratio in schools, but at the same time says that he is willing to increase the places in Early Childhood Education from 0 to 3 years , “so that women can have more work facilities”.
I also wink at his commitment to manage policies to help people with disabilities, in order to lead a government “that is up to what they need”.
At a rally ahead of the Andalusian elections, the candidate’s references to the presence by the Socialists have been limited to reproaching “the indolent right” for not taking advantage of the resources that Sánchez has sent them during the pandemic. “The Government helped the towns and in the Board the mayors did not even pick up the phone.”
“Andalusia, with socialist governments, has lived through times of agreement, which have allowed this land to advance. We are proud of that path. The hallmark of socialist identity is equality, that we all have the same opportunities. I don’t know what Andalusia would have been without a socialist government in Spain in these four years”.
Pedro Sánchez, dressed in a green shirt, although more military green than Andalusian, has taken advantage of the Sevillian appointment to take advantage of his work and accuse the PP of practicing “corruption of democracy” by branding his government as illegitimate. Sánchez dedicated the last half minute of his speech to the Andalusian elections: “Juan Espadas is going to be the best president that Andalusia is going to have”, or “we want a strong public health system, or a weakened health system open to privatization”, These have been some of the messages sent to the audience, along with the request for “an Andalusia that wants more, that is not resigned to living off tourism, and that needs to industrialise”.
“Everything good that has happened in Andalusia has come from the Socialist Party and from the support from Madrid”, he said to close the rally, which, yes, ended with the anthem of Andalusia -short version- before the rally dispersed. on the way to the coaches that have taken them to the umpteenth act of this eternal Andalusian electoral campaign.