One week before the great political debate on the State of the Nation, the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, met this Tuesday in Congress with his deputies and senators to mark the fundamental lines of the party’s strategy in the final stretch of the legislature and face a stage in which the PP claims to perceive the beginnings of a cyclical change and intends to demonstrate its ability to take over from power.
The economic situation, with skyrocketing inflation, is the priority objective in the speech that the popular will deploy. This has been specified by its leader, for whom it is essential that the “disturbing international panorama” have its “correlate at the national level”, because it hits citizens extremely hard, mainly low-income people, while the Government obtains a “revenue historical tax”.
“The Government applies a regressive tax policy by refusing to lower taxes and return to citizens what is collected above what was expected,” said Feijóo, for whom there is no doubt that the coalition Executive headed by Pedro Sánchez is “the most regressive” of history.
Within the framework of the Debate on the State of the Nation, the leader of the popular party has announced his intention to continue making proposals and to ask Sánchez to change his policies, starting by modifying the 2022 Budget, currently in force, and working together immediately in the Budget project for 2023. Accounts that, he said, should mitigate the slowdown in economic growth in Spain and deal with the situation arising from the war in Ukraine and the fulfillment of the international commitments acquired by Spain, in reference evident to the increase in defense spending demanded by NATO.
For the leader of the PP, it would be “dramatic” not to be able to approve the 2023 Budgets, and to achieve this he has offered himself as an alternative “with a sense of State, moderation and stability” to respond to the “change of course” that, in his opinion, citizens want.
Feijóo has also influenced the continuous internal clashes of the Government. “They fight among themselves instead of fighting against the problem of the Spaniards”, he has stressed, “while making the purchase has become an ordeal and electricity and gasoline are through the clouds”. “We are heading towards a very deep economic crisis”, he has predicted, describing the country’s situation as “very complex”.
In his opinion, job creation, the data that the Government prefers to display, “is already beginning to show signs of paralysis.” And in the face of this, Sánchez “denies the evidence” and only accepts some of the opposition’s proposals, “late, badly and dragging”. Feijóo has insisted on the need to deflate the personal income tax rate, improve the execution of European funds, request the EU to temporarily suspend taxes on fuel and cut superfluous spending by the most expensive government in democracy.
Given this scenario, according to the leader of the PP, the PSOE only reacts with “more sanchismo” and “ideological warfare.” The latest example of this attitude is for Feijóo the pact between the Government and Bildu to carry out the Democratic Memory Law in the same week in which the 25th anniversary of the murder of Miguel Ángel Blanco is celebrated.
“What will be Sánchez’s next objective?” Feijóo asked himself, after reviewing all the cases of colonization of the institutions carried out by the Government. The leader of the popular has warned that it is necessary to be attentive to the propaganda announcements made by the president in the next Debate on the state of the Nation.
According to Feijóo, it is true that there are “very powerful people” who do not understand Sánchez’s plans and those people are, he has said, “the majority of citizens, millions of Spaniards who are fed up with a divided government that is only dedicated to resisting a few more months at any price”.
The PP, in contrast, ensures that it will continue to offer proposals to “improve the limit situation of the Spanish”. “We will do it even if we get in the way”, he stated, before emphasizing that “the sense of State is in the PP and not in the Council of Ministers” and recalling, as a test, the pacts that he himself has offered to Sánchez without receiving acknowledgment of receipt: renew the CGPJ by reforming the system of electing its members; an economic plan to tackle inflation, and a pact on foreign and defense policy.
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