face to face between Maria Jesus Montero Y Alberto Núñez Feijóo in the Senate. The president of the PP and the Minister of Finance have led the frontal clash between the Government and the opposition to the debate prior to the approval of the Budgets in the Upper House that is held this Monday. For the PP, the cocktail of reforms in the Criminal Code promoted by the Government last Friday has been “a before and after” and that is how its president has staged it.
During his half hour of speech, Feijóo addressed Pedro Sánchez -who was not present- to ask him to call elections “now” because, according to the PP leader, “he has no right to do this without asking the people”. “He has deceived the people, he has deceived everyone,” said the head of the opposition.
In front, a María Jesús Montero was found relentless. “You are asking for elections because you fear that the same thing as Mr. Casado will happen to you,” the Finance Minister replied. “You are heading that way.” Montero accused Feijóo of not having a project and of using “those hyperboles because he doesn’t want to appear to be soft.”
The president of the PP came from saying that Sánchez “wants to go down in history” and asking him to do it “as soon as possible” so that “Spain forgets this part of history, which is really a nightmare.” “You with your attitude, the only thing you do is feed the extreme right of this country,” Montero snapped in response.
“Is there anything more undemocratic?”
According to the Minister of Finance, Feijóo is denying the legitimacy of Parliament to legislate and accuses it of “constitutional breach” by blocking the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary. “Is there something more undemocratic?” Montero asked.
Regarding the increasingly harsh offensive of the PP against the government’s pacts with ERC and EH Bildu, Montero snapped at Feijóo that “it criminalizes the nationalists because they can only agree with the ultra-right.” “In the past they have had an understanding with the nationalists in privacy,” reproached the Minister of Finance.