The PP-Vox entente unites the progressive bloc despite their obvious differences

The management of the economy coalition government It has been, judging by the data exchange that has taken place between the progressive and conservative blocs, the element that has caused the most tension in the debate organized by public television between the spokespersons of the parties represented in the Congress of Deputies. PSOE and Sumar have puffed up what they consider to be star measures of the legislature, while PP and Vox have tried to blow up the framework of good management proposed by the parties that have been part of the Executive.

The pacts, which have been discussed at the end of the debate, have been another of the great reasons for friction and have served to establish the positions of each other. The PP, for its part, has not closed the door on a possible pact with Vox, despite questions from the rest. Aina Vidal (Sumar), for his part, has extended his hand to patxi lopez (PSOE) on several occasions and, questioning the viewer, has insisted that “no party is going to govern by majority”, for which reason it has requested the useful vote for your training. Vox has followed the same strategy.

Esquerra Republicana, EH Bildu and the PNV have not bought a debate divided into two blocks and have valued the work of more minority formations. Aitor Esteban (PNV) has recalled “that this is not a presidential election”, Gabriel Ruffian he has set himself up as the representative of Catalonia and has asked for the vote for his country and Matute has claimed that “things can be done differently”.

In economic matters, Patxi López and Aina Vidal have put on the table the labour reform, the Minimum Interprofessional Wage or the creation of employment, three great workhorses of its management. And if the Popular Party considers uncertain or undesirable the advances for which PSOE and Sumar are showing muscle, and ERC and EH Bildu consider them insufficient. Rufián, without going any further, has recognized that the Government has carried out measures, but that they have been “too timid”.

López has not given up, who has had more than one scuffle with the ERC spokesman, especially on account of territorial policy and the processin his effort to demonstrate the ability of the Executive in economic matters: “The reality is that the Spanish economy grows four times more than the European average.” Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros (Vox) has responded to this fact and has downplayed its importance. “It has no merit,” she has asserted, “if we came from so low.” Next, he finished off: “Spanish citizens are the ones who have become most impoverished of all the OECD“.

The progressive bloc, which has disagreed on the depth of the measures, has agreed on one point: the will to redistribute wealth, which they consider intrinsic to the initiatives that have been carried out during the mandate. At the opposite pole, PP and Vox have lamented that, according to Gamarra’s words, “the real economy”, in reference to that of the citizens, “is worse off”.

On several occasions during the debate, Rufián has taken the opportunity to pull Patxi López by the ears. “It is true that the economy is growing at a high rate”, he has pointed out, “but it is also true that real wages They have dropped to 6%”. That was the usual tone during the (dis)encounter between the ERC spokesman and the members of the Government: a good assessment of the Government’s performance, but insufficient.

It has also been ambitious Aina Vidal (Sumar), which has launched several economic proposals for the next legislature. One of the most relevant has to do with the “green reindustrialization“. Vidal recalled that “we have already created half a million jobs” in this field and that they plan to create another half million.

The Two Territorial Hot Potatoes

“The state faces two hot potatoes, the Catalan and the Basque potato,” the PNV man recalled ironically, at the beginning of the debate on territorial policy, which has served to contrast models between the options that are part of the progressive bloc.

Curiously, except for the spokespersons for PP and Vox, Gamarra and Espinosa de los Monteros, the rest of the participants come from and attend by Basque Country (López, Esteban and Matute) or Catalonia (Ruffian and Vidal). The right and the extreme right had little to contribute to a debate from which they only try to obtain electoral gain outside these territories.

Rufián has set the pace of the conversation about Catalonia, demanding clarity from PSOE and Sumar about their respective proposals to solve the Catalan conflict. Since Yolanda Díaz’s candidacy, they have returned to avoid referring to the self-determination referendum. For Vidal, virtue is in “dialogue”. The PSOE, pressured by the Republican representative, has responded: “The objective, in Spain, is for diversity to coexist.” Thus, López contrasted with the speeches of PP and Vox.

In a context in which the ultra-right promotes, from the municipal and regional governments to which the 28M arrived, measures against multilingualism, Gamarra has not wanted to enter the rag and has preferred to go unnoticed. However, the woman from La Rioja could not avoid enduring the downpour when Matute, in one of the most brilliant moments of the debate, reminded her of the meetings that the Aznar government held with ETA, in contrast to the belligerence that the PP now maintains against the Basque independentist left, when it has been more than ten years since the terrorist band dissolved.

The discrepancies of the legislature

The block on social policies, which was in second place, served as a reminder of the differences that have occurred in the progressive block throughout the legislature in the Congress of Deputies. Thus, ERC and EH Bildu have criticized the labour reform for falling short, from their respective points of view, but PSOE and Sumar have made them ugly for not voting in favor of a measure that is generating employment. López, Vidal and Esteban have also criticized the independentistas for blocking the reform of the gag law, although the criticism was reciprocal from Rufián and Matute, who blamed the Government for it.

On the contrary, the understanding between PSOE and Sumar with ERC and EH Bildu occurred in the matter of housing, and the criticism reached the PNV from the left. The rights have introduced criticism of the law of the only yes is yeswhich has had, above all, a staunch defender, Gabriel Rufián.

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