“It is a passionate debate. I do not know if very passionate, but passionate yes.” This sentence of the candidate of the Board for Catalonia for the presidency of the Generalitat, Laura Borràs, can serve to define what has happened in the last exchange between the candidates to lead the Catalan Government before the Catalan elections on February 14. A debate that has been marked by the unanimous rejection of the other eight participants against the leader of the PSC list, Salvador Illa, which has been the one that has received the most criticism and allusions. An ‘all against Illa’ that began with accusations that he was putting his interlocutors “in danger” by refusing to take an antigen test before entering the laSexta set. And that has been the germ of a night full of cross-criticism in which insults have also appeared occasionally. Above all, between Vox and the CUP.
The controversy over the test of the former Minister of Health was precisely opened by Borràs, who urged you to put on the mask because you did not have the test that the rest yes. Subsequently, he has invited him to leave the set if he did not accept his request. A claim that you have joined Carlos Carrizosa, from Ciudadanos, who insisted that Illa should wear mouth and nasal protection. To which the latter has responded assuring that protocols only recommend doing a PCR or antigen test “when you have symptoms or are in close contact.” And since he did not comply with either of the two, as he has assured, he has justified that it has not been done “because there are no privileges here.” A moment in which, much more altered, he has defined as you slander the accusations of having been vaccinated because “anything goes against Illa.”
This initial tension is what has given rise to the rest of hostilities between the applicants, who They have been involved in issues such as the management of the coronavirus, aid to sectors such as the hospitality industry or governance pacts. In this last matter, the accusation of the PSC candidate against the independentistas of make your own “Columbus photo”, in reference to the joint act of two years ago between PP, Vox and Citizens, after the agreement they have signed committing not to agree or invest him as president. A ‘sanitary cordon’ that Illa has lamented, but that has served Alejandro Fernandez, of the PP, to cast doubt on those complaints when “he still has pacts with ERC.” Before what the Republican candidate, Pere Aragonès, has responded by saying that “Colón’s photo is yours at the Catalan Civil Society demonstration“.
Illa, protagonist in the midst of numerous clashes
Aragonès is one of those who has most sought direct confrontation with Illa, insisting that he will not agree with him. It has even been differentiated by predicting that a Socialist Executive would be “a government of Article 155“. Which he wanted to endorse with a invitation to Borràs to “make no mistake about the enemy”, ensuring that the adversary of both is the PSC. A glove that the JxCat list head has not picked up at that time. What has not prevented him from criticizing the former minister and the central government by extension throughout the debate, thus splashing the candidate of En Comú Podem, Jessica Albiach. Among the accusations he has launched is that of “subsidizing bullfighters or monarchs.” He has also been forceful in stating that “we will not allow Moncloa to want to settle in the Generalitat”, in reference to the pact to which Illa aspires with the Catalan brand of Podemos.
With the exception of his forcefulness in the first few minutes, the constant references to his person have not altered Illa. In fact, he has assured in one of his speeches that “forms matter in politics.” Reflection that he has launched after different moments of acrimony between other participants. The highest in tone has been starred by Ignacio Garriga, from Vox, and Laia Estrada, from the CUP. The latter has called the former a “fascist”, to which the latter has responded by accusing her of being a “criminal.” Exchange that has occurred after Garriga has denied being a denier of the coronavirus. And minutes after Aragonès mocked that he did not know the budget of the Generalitat, remembering that he erred when answering about the exact amount during an interview on TV3 days before.
Garriga and Chacón, with less weight
Those who Garriga himself and the PDeCAT head of the list, Àngels Chacón, have had less prominence. The Vox candidate has insisted on his own agenda in almost all his interventions, reiterating that Catalonia it has a problem of “Islamization” and “high crime”. Complaints for which he has thrown data that he had written down, among which robberies and assaults stood out. Chacón has followed a similar strategy, but with radically different content. In the few moments that he has had the floor, has sought the clash with Laura Borràs after the break between the parties that now both lead. To do this, she has remembered at all times that she was a councilor for the Government until she was dismissed by Quim Torra. In addition to putting on the table policies and measures that he put on the table when he had executive capacity.
The coronavirus has occupied a prominent part of the debate. Both for its health and restrictions aspect, as well as for the economic consequences. Here improvised tandems have been formed between Illa and Albiach or between Aragonès and Borràs, with the former reproaching the Government for its management of the pandemic and the latter doing the same, but with criticism of Moncloa and the Ministry of Health that Illa led until less than a month ago. The PSC has defended that the coalition of PSOE and United We Can has helped citizens compared to what the PP did in the previous crisis, which “gave 40,000 million to the bank.” Aragonés is the one who has vindicated the work of the Generalitat, ensuring that aid to the hotel industry has been the highest in the entire State. To which he has added a reproach to the Community of Madrid, by urging Carrizosa to compare the death toll of the two regions.
There have been no major surprises in the final minutes for the candidates to convince the electorate to vote for them. All of them have defended their approaches and have reiterated their strategies, such as independence (case of Borràs, Aragonès and Estrada), the rejection of secessionism (such as Illa, Garriga, Fernández and Carrizosa) or those who have bet on “proposals and transversal governments “, where Albiach and Chacón have been located. The only thing that has become clear after more than two hours of dialectical confrontation is that there are no clear alliances with the possibility of forming a stable government. Even the most like-minded have thrown taunts. The threat of electoral repetition due to results that leave an ungovernable Parliament is latent. And the debate has not helped allay that fear.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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