“We have a lot to celebrate.” This is how the parliamentary spokesman for the PSOE, Héctor Gómez, opened the meeting of the Prime Minister with his deputies and senators. An appointment in which, after long applause for Pedro Sánchez, a video of self-praise was released in which the moments that the socialists consider key since the motion of censure that knocked down Mariano Rajoy four years ago today and in which , by the way, not a single purple member of the Council of Ministers appears.
“A Government Sentenced for Corruption”. Pedro Sánchez began his speech with this phrase, describing the stage of the PP government “condemned for corruption” as a “dark moment”, unlike his own, which is, he said, “exemplary” and makes a constant exercise of “dialogue, negotiation and agreement. A government without blemish, without errors and that does not deserve even an iota of self-criticism for the president.
Sánchez has threaded a triumphalist speech full of “successes” to instil spirits in his ranks, concerned about the poor forecasts of the next Andalusian elections and fearful that a trend of change in favor of Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s PP will be consolidated at the national level.
Thus, he wanted to emphasize the exemplary respect, in his opinion, that his Government has for the rest of the powers of the State -legislative and judicial-, for the Constitution, for the Autonomous Communities and for the European institutions, although this is precisely one of the reproaches, that of having undermined the institutionality based on their interests, which are most forcefully launched by the different parliamentary forces, including those that it considers preferred partners, against its Executive, which they discredit for having subscribed to the decree law, to the negotiations of last minute and either take it or leave it to approve their initiatives in extremis.
The President of the Government and Secretary General of the PSOE has repeated the scheme of his last speech before the plenary session of Congress, devoting a good part of his speech to attacking the Popular Party, thus making a new exercise in opposition to the opposition that he has accused of “twitching”, creating “an unbreathable environment” and dedicating oneself “only to generating noise”.
Given this, Sánchez has asked his people “not to fall into the trap” arguing “with passion, but without shouting” and “speaking and listening to the citizens over and over again”. “With our policies we are changing people’s lives for the better”, she assured before citing the rise in pensions, the minimum interprofessional salary, European funds, feminist policies, labor reform…
“We have to persevere in social policies”, he insisted “because the left protects and the right cuts”. “Today Spain is advancing despite the pandemic, the war and the discourse of a denialist opposition.” “20, 50 and 1,000” are the key figures that he has highlighted as defining his mandate: 20 million contributors, 50% of the contracts that are already indefinite and 1,000 euros per month of minimum interprofessional salary.
Sánchez has asked his parliamentary group to keep up the pulse and “effort” to show that his policy “defends citizens above the noise and reactionary and regressive speeches” that, he said, “are very present” in politics Spanish. “We are here”, he has stressed, “so that some do not go too smart at the expense of the majority”, in clear reference to the pact between PP and Vox released in Castilla y León.
The president took advantage of his speech before a dedicated parliamentary group to confirm that the government will extend the measures, approved by decree two months ago, to alleviate the economic damage caused by the war in Ukraine. Some measures that, for the moment, have not served to contain inflation and whose effectiveness, to a large extent, continues at the expense of the European Commission giving the go-ahead to the cap on the price of gas in the Iberian Peninsula.
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