The pardons to the leaders of the procés have made skip many more seams than could be thought, to the point of converting traditional coreligionists into specific enemies. It is what has happened between the PP and the businessmen, due to the favorable positioning of the employer to the measure of grace. In fact, that favor for convicted Catalan politicians has unleashed a very harsh reaction from Genoa, which does not want to join that wave and insists on its position of refusing to allow the measure to prosper. A reproach that has verbalized before his parliamentary group the own leader of the ‘popular’, Pablo Casado.
The speech of the leader of the ranks of the ‘popular’ this Monday has turned out to be a broadside on top executives backing pardons. The harshness of his intervention has been measured and highly thought out by Casado and his team, as indicated by sources consulted by Information. An approach that began to take shape when the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, was in favor of pardons. Even so, he has surprised by not having skimped on harshness. The Lyceum act in which the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has confirmed the movement has been the main focus of the attacks. The phrase about those who attended the event (“a supposed civil society, broken and weak, handed over to a government with money, but without principles“) is one that has rumbled in the room. To which he has added constant references to firms, such as”our only shareholders are the Spanish “or” we do not owe ourselves to any publisher, to any board of directors “.
Much of this anger of the PP with the business leaders is related to the distribution of European funds. The sources consulted by this writing complain that there are firms that they have abandoned any criticism or questioning of what Moncloa does for his interest in receiving the European ‘mana’. Which is explained by the fact that, according to their version, they hardly transcend criticism of their management. Until just a few weeks ago, complaints about issues such as the way money is perceived reached the public opinion. The criterion has changed, say the same sources in Genoa. Now, there would be more interest in being the ones who can develop the PERTE or other public-private collaborations thanks to the rescue, they insist. The phrase chosen by Casado to show that discontent has been that “no lobby in search of European funds, no courtly lobbying, will manage to get us out of our way“.
The recipients of these messages are none other than the Catalan businessmen and authorities who have come to support Sánchez on the appointed day to officially communicate that he was going to pardon the nine convicted with pending sentences. Among those present were the domes of the different Catalan employers, such as that of Promotion led by Josep Sánchez-Llibre or Pimec, with its president, Antoni Cañete, in the front rows of the theater. The so-called ‘Catalan Ibex’ also attended en masse, with the prominent presence of the presidents of Banco Sabadell and Repsol, Josep Oliu and Antonio Brufau. Other Catalan firms have sent representatives, such as Planet. Along with them were the heads of public companies linked to the PSC, such as Maurici Lucena for Aena or Isaías Taboas for Renfe.
Even with all that string of illustrious names, the PP have decided to go ahead with a collection of very severe criticism. Some words that are not said at random, and in which he has come to remember that there were companies that benefited from the policies of Mariano Rajoy when they wanted to leave Catalonia for the process. “Those who left Catalonia to defend their income statement from the independence movement cannot expect us to leave Catalonia now to maintain Sánchez’s income statement with the independence movement“said Casado. That is why he wanted to make it clear that this support for Sánchez’s decision will not mean that they will make him change his mind. As he has pointed out, he is” sure “that his path “is the best for the Spanish and they are going to share it mostly with us.”
All this anger of Genoa with the Catalan businessmen began with the famous phrase of Garamendi in an interview. Although the president of the CEOE himself has rectified on several occasions and has assured that he was misinterpreted, his words served so that the ban on positioning opens. Until then, there had been no clear pronouncement on what executives thought of the pardons. In the PP they were calm until that moment. From there, they became uncomfortable. Something that let Casado see himself during his speech at the Cercle d’Economia last week.
The PP’s strategy raises several questions about how its relationship with the Catalan business community will evolve. There are no precedents or similar scenarios in the past. Relations were very good between Genoa and the Catalan employers. Other formations, such as Podemos, have even pointed out a preferential link between companies and right-wing parties. That loyalty was further strengthened when the Executive of Rajoy helped all those companies that rejected the process to move their headquarters. Now, Casado has used that situation to question the respect that existed between both parties. Their forcefulness and that of the rest of their leadership shows that they have no intention of turning around.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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