Wednesday, July 6

Time to defend the homeland, time to lynch the traitors

Garamendi cried. The worst had been feared. That they accused him of breaking Spain – the list of culprits is long, but you can always make room for someone else – that they try to force him to resign, that they say he’s an idiot. At the end, the CEOE general assembly awarded him a long applause and its president was moved. It had been trapped in the area with barbed wire that the right wing has laid to enclose all those who do not follow the goose’s pace with its designs on Catalonia. In there are the traitors to Spain. It does not matter that there are more outsiders than insiders or that the majority of the Congress of Deputies has been included in that category.

The CEOE president had not supported pardons for politicians imprisoned for their role in the procés. He had only expressed with a conditional the possibility that they serve what the Government has said is one of its main functions. With the phrase “if this (pardons) ends in normalizing things, welcome to it”, he did not show great enthusiasm, but he did show hope. Obviously, the opposite could happen.

Antonio Garamendi was saying that the world of business and companies needs stability and that it is always favored if there is institutional collaboration between governments. Several Catalan business organizations think the same. They stake their money. It is not that they are selfish. They are realistic.

In a country where there are days when the opposition leader speaks as if he were Rosa Díez, it is not surprising that this point has been reached. It is a language typical of authoritarian governments with the Spanish particularity that the one who uses it with the most energy is the opposition. All those who do not support a certain policy are enemies of the nation, traitors, sold to dark interests.

Accustomed to having the bosses always at hand, the PP reacted indignantly to Garamendi’s phrase. You have to imagine the messages that were crossed in private when verifying the fury with which Pablo Casado expressed himself in the interview in Onda Cero on Monday. The contempt with which he referred to organizations whose role is recognized by the Constitution. One day Casado is going to take a look at the constitutional text and is going to be scared to death.

It was necessary to hear him explain indignantly that the Government has sent to Congress decrees that it had previously negotiated with the CEOE and the unions. Never seen before, but that PP governments have also done before. “And what does it matter to me. But which Spaniard has voted for the unions and the employers? As if it comes from the tennis circle. Hey, this is a Parliament of a nation five times a hundred years old,” he said, with that tone of ‘you don’t know who you’re talking to’ that has stuck to you in recent months.

“Entrepreneurs do not represent anyone. Sovereignty resides in deputies and senators,” said Casado. “I only owe myself to my shareholders, who are the Spanish.” The latter should be limited. If anything, it is due to 20.8% of Spaniards, who were the ones who voted for the PP in the last elections of 2019. With regard to Parliament, Congress has twice voted in favor of pardons with majorities in around 190 deputies by rejecting opposition initiatives contrary to the grace measures now granted.

Therefore, if the only thing that matters in a democracy is Parliament, in Casado’s view, it cannot be denied that support for pardons is very broad. Although it is not very intelligent to draw firm conclusions about the curious way in which the president of the PP analyzes the political system.

Unai Sordo, secretary general of the CCOO, responded with a piece of information that Casado does not seem to know. There are Spaniards who have voted for the unions in what is called union elections. At the polls and with ballots after electoral campaigns. “Millions of workers in thousands of elections” They have done it on several occasions, Sordo wrote, adding that CCOO has more union delegates than councilors the PP has and four times more militants than those of Casado’s party.

The spirit of Columbus has swept the relations of the political and business right forward. Garamendi’s first statements were fiercely received in the PP, because in theory they exploded the party’s idea that only they represent Spanish public opinion in the Catalan conflict. The harassment of Garamendi is a warning to all organizations that dare to position themselves on Catalonia in a different way than that marked by the PP and the conservative press. Dissidents will be severely punished. A line has been drawn between “good Spaniards” and those other Spaniards who do not deserve to be. And you already know what to do with traitors when the nation is in danger.

The two union leaders knew how to define it. “What has happened with Mr. Garamendi has been an unworthy lynching,” said Pepe Álvarez, secretary general of the UGT. “There is a part of the political and media right that begins to resemble the Inquisition,” Sordo denounced.

Casado’s great rhetorical innovation in Wednesday’s control session was to say that Sánchez “has gone from the Frankenstein pact with Podemos to the Dracula pact with the independentistas.” The classic way to eliminate vampires is to drive a stake through the heart. It is the exit that Casado has reserved for his opponents. They will call it the Inquisition. For him, it will only be the cleansing of the enemies of Spain in the obviously name of freedom.