An oversight by Yolanda Díaz yesterday revealed the electoral strategy that the Government has deployed in the last Council of Ministers, three days before the start of the Andalusian election campaign. At the end of the press conference, a moment in which the ministers usually chat with journalists informally, the second vice president revealed a document detailing a clearly pre-campaign political context and a strategy for attacking the opposition.
What the first page of the dossier reveals, entitled Press conference document of the Council of Ministers, is the “context” section, in which the Andalusian enclave press conference is clearly situated, despite the fact that the Electoral Law explicitly prohibits using institutional spaces for campaigning.
The text that Díaz revealed not only denotes a possible electoral use of La Moncloa, but also shows the fear with which the Executive faces the Andalusian elections, because it recognizes several weaknesses.
The document points out the “new controversies” of the “Coalition Government” as a negative point of the “context” with which the coalition parties arrive at the Andalusian elections. “Especially since the Pegasus case.” Díaz has maintained a different profile from that of the main leaders of Podemos in recent weeks. Just yesterday he distanced himself from them by denying irregularities in the NATO summit contracts.
Later, the document points out that these fights would be “managing to install in public opinion” the idea that “Andalusia could be the beginning” of a possible change. It goes without saying that it can refer to national politics, with a view to the regional and local elections of 2023 and the general ones.
In the Government they have assumed that the elections in Andalusia will be key to the future of the country’s political future. Proof of this is that Pedro Sánchez moved to Dos Hermanas (Seville) last weekend to support his candidate, Juan Espadas, accompanied by up to eight socialist ministers. Added to this are the members of the federal leadership who attended and who are leading rallies in different towns these days. The president has turned to the pre-campaign, starring in up to three acts.
The document that Díaz revealed by mistake ensures that “the Council of Ministers meets at the gates of the formal start of the Andalusian regional election campaign when the polls suggest that Moreno Bonilla would need Vox” to govern, “and a left demobilized”.
Proof of the concern about the demobilization of the left that exists in La Moncloa is that one of the first acts in which the landing of Ferraz and the Government in charge of the campaign was staged was one presided over by Félix Bolaños with mayors of the formation and socialist spokespersons from municipalities with 20,000 to 50,000 inhabitants. One of the axes on which the socialists are basing the campaign is municipalism, with the purpose of having the positions closest to the voter exercise this factor as mobilizers.
After once again warning about the “demobilization” of the electorate, the document that Yolanda Díaz revealed yesterday in La Moncloa speaks directly of the “Feijóo effect.” Although in this case, the photo taken by Europa Press does not show more: the minister’s arm cuts the text. The demographic data that Sánchez has on the table show the wear and tear that the Executive accuses and already place Feijóo ahead of him. In other words, even without counting on what happens in Andalusia, the popular leader would already start with an advantage. The fear of a bump like what happened in Madrid a year ago makes the PSOE think that, if this finally happens, a “turn” is necessary to reinforce the PSOE’s “electoral” offer.
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