The balance of opposition leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s political course this Thursday was quite predictable because he has been repeating it for weeks and because he has once again focused on categorizing Pedro Sánchez’s government as the worst possible for this critical moment. The speech focused on listing for months and from September to July all the controversies, disagreements and internal divisions that the PP has registered between the PSOE and its coalition partners United We Can, as well as between these parties and their parliamentary allies. Feijóo understands that Sánchez is caught up in these economic and political concessions “to the populists, nationalists and independents” and that he will now proceed as he negotiates the Legislature’s latest state budgets: he sees him as “an obstacle to the recovery of Spain “.
The tone of Feijóo’s last official assessment of this political course, in which he entered national politics four months ago after the abrupt leadership crisis in the PP, was somewhat softer than in recent days and in his recent interventions of catastrophic nature those of his similar predecessor Pablo casado. It lasted a little over half an hour, took place in the entrance square of the Senate and did not allow any questions from journalists.
At first, he even appeared to want to grant the central executive some institutional condescension for certain mistakes or failures he had given the difficulties he acknowledged in the face of the unpredictability of the pandemic or the war in Ukraine. It was a mirage. Even if he praised the result of the most recent NATO summit in Spain as “excellent”. Or when he argued: “No one is always right or wrong.” Feijóo seemed like this cross-ruler, moderate and educated, who had promised not to come to national politics to insult him.
The PP leader did not insult. But he actually disqualified the government for everything and for months. He began his particular investigation into the disagreements and internal conflicts of the executive last September with the Ghali case and then continued it until July, stopping on all occasions where the PSOE, United We Can, Yolanda Díaz and some ministers or political Leaders of the coalition have confronted each other or publicly contradicted each other with varying degrees of harshness. This common thread served him to conclude that there was no component of the Cabinet saved from this evil, and to conclude: “Except to stay in power, everything was shared.”
These problems and disagreements in the cabinet led Feijóo to condense his analysis to the idea that “the divided and excessive government lives in constant conflict” and that “this misrule is an obstacle slowing down Spain’s recovery”. He even called it “insane” that some media outlets occasionally highlighted that “the government welcomes Sánchez’s actions” as if this were newsworthy news. With these arguments, the leader of the PP returned to the allegations against Sánchez for conditioning and “hostage” of the transfers in the budgets, in Parliament and even in the dialogue table on Catalonia to the independentistas of ERC and Bildu and to the “populism”, with which he summarized the ideology of United We Can.
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Feijóo sees Sánchez in an “authoritarian drift” in order to not give up anyone but himself in the PSOE, and there he was in abundance in terms of the most recent position crisis and the restructuring carried out in the socialist leadership. The President of the PP explained again that during these months he had come forward several times with different offers and alternative plans so that Sánchez would not have to be dependent on his current partners, but he denounced that he had not paid attention to him and that they were in the most cases have not received a response to their suggestions. Feijóo is indeed surprised by the little contact and dialogue he has had with the President during this period.
The Galician leader accepted that the external circumstances faced by the La Moncloa government were not easy, but he recruited all available and negative economic data to indicate that the executive in its actions and measures was “always late and was overwhelmed”. Counting Spain among the countries that emerge from these crises the worst. And he questioned that the only approaches the government can think of are to raise taxes. While Feijóo recounted all the ominous forecasts about Spain’s economic growth or rising inflation, EPA data showed unemployment falling below the three million mark for the first time since 2008. He didn’t mention it directly. Popular sources close to Feijóo commented that even these good indices point to “stagnation” in perspective and predicted an even more complex autumn.
Feijóo wanted to end with a touch of partisan optimism after such a tally: “Spain is a great country, much better than the government it has to suffer from.” And he concluded with a perception he had been rehearsing for several days about what he perceives on the street and in the social majority as “nuisance anxiety”.
The new spokeswoman for the Socialist Executive, Pilar Alegría, appeared at the PSOE headquarters in Ferraz to indicate that Feijóo had appeared in the public square at the entrance to the Senate and not in the PP building. “To carry out this type of action, I invite Mr. Feijóo to use his facilities, but if they do not know what to do with their headquarters, imagine how they will propose a government program for this country, although we understand that the PP has a very complicated relationship with the Genoa headquarters,” Alegría said, alluding to the fact that part of the renovation work on this building was paid for with black money. And he doubted that there was no alternative to his “catastrophic” exhibition and that he wasn’t happy about the millions of Spaniards who had found work.