In the general elections of November 2019, Pablo Casado believed that he had the definitive weapon for Catalonia. Her name was Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo. He was going to erase with a blow of the sword the soft and unmanly image that a part of the right related to Mariano Rajoy and his response to the independence project. The result was horrible – two deputies in one of Spain’s electoral granaries – and Vox was also beginning to breathe on the nape of the PP: only 43,000 fewer votes, little more than a point of difference between the two parties. Now before the autonomous communities, Casado doubled the bet and recruited his new favorite friend, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who traveled several times to Catalonia as a great guest star. Ayuso played Ayuso giving lessons on how well Madrilenians do, unlike those poor Catalans, and mocked the measures taken by the Government against the pandemic, including the closing of bars. The outcome has been terrifying. Vox has doubled the PP in votes.
The party that claims to be the best defender of the Spanishness of Catalonia has become the eighth political force with only seven tenths above the threshold that gives parliamentary representation. The group that claims to be the only one that can receive all the votes of the right and the extreme right to expel Pedro Sánchez de Moncloa has not even been in a position to reap the effects of the collapse of Ciudadanos. Pablo Casado, always prepared to incinerate the Government, has discovered that there was someone with a larger Molotov cocktail.
Married counts by defeats all the elections to which he has presented himself as leader of the PP. His strategies are running out and he’s at a point where even García Egea’s jokes are no longer worth it. Not a last minute hoax about Salvador Illa’s false vaccination either. Nor that Casado claimed that they were also harassed when Vox did not exist. The PP was more PP than ever and the Catalans looked the other way.
In national politics, Pedro Sánchez fulfilled all his objectives. It is true that the good news for him may have an expiration date very close in time if the trenches of Catalan politics separate Esquerra from the parliamentary bloc that supports the Government. In the short term, the ridicule of the PP will give him several weeks of sarcastic replies against Casado in the control session of Congress. In the long term, the success of the far right will reinforce the central message of his campaign for re-election: Vox or me.
The Illa effect with the replacement of the Minister of Health in the middle of a pandemic worked and gave the PSC a first position that was out of its possibilities six months ago. The former minister will not make the unprecedented error of Ciudadanos in 2017 when Inés Arrimadas did not dare to ask the Parliament for the investiture and a year later fled to Madrid. Another thing is that it only serves the Socialists for several weeks of glory if, as seems foreseeable, the independence bloc remains united, if only for appearances. Oriol Junqueras took only minutes to announce it: “ERC will once again have the presidency of the Generalitat after 80 years”.
The independence movement has achieved a milestone. Exceed by several tenths 50% of the votes in elections in the Parliament for the first time. Of course, it has not occurred to them to call these elections plebiscitary, but the data speaks for itself. Even so, in elections with very high abstention, the dramatic readings have little journey. JxC’s attempt to suggest that the majority of the House can pass a unilateral declaration can only be seen as a ruse to excite its voters.
What is not artificial is to maintain that Catalonia continues to have a pro-independence parliamentary majority. That is the reality that Madrid politics continues to ignore, and that there are already a few elections that confirm it.
The usual nightly appearances of party leaders ended with a touch of the usual PP: the jokes of García Egea. The PP secretary general said that they started the campaign with expectations of reaching ten seats – it would be in a poll conducted with high consumption of psychotropic substances – and that they lost half with the latest news of the Bárcenas case, or what he called “the pact of the Prosecutor’s Office with Bárcenas “.
There was one more culprit in Egea’s theatrical number and it was none other than Mariano Rajoy. “This is the last bill that we are going to pay for that past,” said number two of the PP. He said it twice, lest some journalist had not caught the joke the first time.
In Moncloa, Pedro Sánchez is still laughing.
Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.
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