Wednesday, May 18

Yolanda Díaz is suspicious of the pact with the PP and appeals to the investiture bloc to approve the plan against the war


The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labour, Yolanda Díaz, has been suspicious this Thursday of a possible agreement between the Government and the PP on the plan to deal with the war, and has considered that it is more appropriate to seek an agreement with the parties of the known as the investiture bloc to find a “social” way out of the crisis. “What does it matter what it is, the deal for the deal?” she has wondered. She has said to work “on proposals always” and considers that these are more appropriate “in the investiture block”. “We cannot take measures that further impoverish those who have the least”, she has settled.

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Although, in an interview on RNE, Díaz did not want to completely close the door to a pact with the main opposition force, –“I do not work with vetoes”, he said– he considered that “the important thing” is to seek “ effective measures” and “the recipes proposed by the PP are inadequate”. “The economic and social recipe book of the PP is not the one that shares a progressive agenda”, he stressed, before recalling that the candidate to preside over the ‘popular’ party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has laid “a red carpet for Mañueco with Vox”.

“I listened very carefully to the PP and it always gives the same recipe: a general lowering of taxes,” said the vice president, alluding to the meeting that the Government held this Wednesday with the main opposition force, and in which she was present. In this sense, Díaz explained that in the meeting she held yesterday with 60 economists, there was a “consensus” that “a generalized reduction in taxes in a context of war is not appropriate, because public services are sustained with public income. ”.

“Either the PP intends to mediate public services or we are on the way to increasing the public deficit and debt,” he remarked, asking himself “why the PP does not look at the extraordinary profits” of large companies. Díaz’s recipe is, in fact, the same one that has been proposed by the leader of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra. “The time has come to incorporate an extraordinary tax on electricity companies so that we can compensate for social damages,” she stated. She has also proposed “freezing the revaluation” of rents.

“The situation is extremely serious”

Díaz has been concerned about a possible increase in unemployment. “We are experiencing a war in Europe, the situation is extremely serious”, she has warned, before recalling that “sectors are being paralyzed” because “prices are impossible”. That is why she has opted for the Government to “act with determination in lowering prices” and “act on inflation” to “contain energy prices”.

For the Vice President, Spain is experiencing an “exceptional scenario” as a result of the war, and in the Government “there is maximum concern”. “We are not facing the management of the pandemic, but rather a war that is going to have profound economic and social consequences,” she warned. In addition, she has explained that the Government already has in its hands the document agreed by all the ministers of United We Can with the measures that, according to the minority partner, are appropriate in the face of the crisis. “We are in a long-term crisis in which the most have the most to contribute. It would not be fair for us to take measures that are paid for by the entire population”, she has said.

His commitment is, along these lines, “to protect employment, salary income and the productive fabric” which, during the pandemic, “served to guarantee employment”. “We are observing how there are sectors in which there are no supplies. We are going to a complex, complicated scenario, in which the Government is determined to act with determination”, he has riveted.

Regarding the preparation of his political project, Díaz has assured that next spring he will begin “a listening process” that makes him “very excited, because there is a huge gap between society and politics.” “Right now we are focused on managing the crisis as a result of Putin’s war”, he wanted to clarify. However, she has announced that this listening process “is already designed” and that “it will be absolutely versatile” with “different formats” but in which she will always go “to listen”.



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