Yolanda Díaz is already listening. And from now on he himself has a year and a half ahead of him to solve the “enormous” challenge of the Spanish left: add. With the slogan of “not doing politics, but politics”, the second vice-president of the Government is already working on overcoming the mark of United We Can and stitching the seams of the progressive forces ahead of the next general elections.
A purpose for which Díaz, for the moment, refuses to rely on political acronyms and focuses all his efforts on civil society. Waiting to learn about the alliances and the distribution of weights in the organic structure of the platform, the Minister of Labor opened this Friday a listening period with the public that will result in “a proposal for a social contract for the next decade that will be will present in 2023”. It will be prepared by “various thematic groups and teams” that take into account the suggestions collected from this moment “in every corner of the country.”
Díaz was “ready to take the step” of leading a political project that has the objective of “expanding democracy” and “changing Europe”: “We want a better democracy that reaches homes, schools, centers of day, that it be economic. That it reaches taxes. We want social justice,” he launched.
Despite the success of this first step, the process that Díaz is approaching is expected to be long and costly. Yesterday she herself asked the public for her “patience” and “a lot of calm”: “I don’t care what the demographic studies say; I care what the street says,” she launched.
Before 5,000 people who overwhelmed the organization of the event, the second vice president conjured up before her electorate and warned the parties that they are not the protagonists of what is coming now. So much so that, in a totally opposite image to the one seen in Valencia in October during the Other Policies act -embracing Mónica Oltra, Ada Colau, Mónica García and Fátima Hamed-, Díaz entered the venue supported by her friends from all over the world. life. Already inside the space and touching 40 degrees, the leader of the space took the stage to the rhythm of the drums and the electric chords of Girl on fire, by Alicia Keys. A declaration of intentions.
Already on stage, Díaz gave the floor to those who will be the protagonists of the next six months: representatives of citizens, social agents and NGOs: the vice president was accompanied at the debut of Sumar by a lawyer and environmental activist (Irene Rubiera ), a digital entrepreneur (Valeria Castro), a rider and trade unionist (Fernando García), a representative of the Amazon workers’ struggle (Miguel Ángel Castellano), a professor at the University of Málaga (Carmen Rodríguez), a defense attorney for the rights of migrant women who are domestic workers (Carolina Elías), and a psychiatrist in a mental health center (Belén González).
The truth is that Diaz calls to join with only the explicit and seamless political support of IU and the commons. In Podemos, no one doubts the necessary leadership of Díaz, but uncertainty spreads about the role that the purples will play in their schemes, which is why they claim an “essential” weight in the leadership of their project.
In Más País and Más Madrid, Íñigo Errejón and Mónica García have been willing to talk with Díaz, but it is still early to say that they will be willing to share an electoral list with Podemos. And in Compromís, the political fall of Mónica Oltra has deteriorated the harmony with the vice president. In fact, sectors of the Valencian formation already admit not facing this process with the “illusion” that other acronyms give off. In any case, all these parties had low-profile representatives on the spot this Friday.
Díaz starts his project a few days before the Debate on the State of the Nation and after having confronted head-on throughout this week with the PSOE within the Government as a result of budget spending on Defense. The Minister of Labor has become, in fact, the visible face of the refusal to increase military spending and has demanded that the President hold a meeting of the Monitoring Commission of the Government Pact to address this issue after considering that the Socialists have committed to NATO unilaterally.
In the socialist ranks they carefully observe the birth of Sumar, since it is the seed of the regeneration of the left that may or may not allow a revalidation of the victory against the right in the next election. But at the moment no one is fearful or conceives Diaz’s plan as a threat. The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, wished this Friday “the best” for the vice president’s project because, in her opinion, her success would give “greater stability” to the left-wing bloc in our country. “I hope they do well,” she said.
An analysis that the opposition does not share. In the Popular Party, for example, they call it “ironic” that Díaz calls the sum of the left while the formations that make up the space are immersed in the “division” that the coalition government evidences day after day, as Alberto Núñez lamented Feijoo. “It means the opposite of what happens,” added the leader of the formation.
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