The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has defended the actions of her Executive during the pandemic, especially the antigen testing policy; with which he has accused the national Executive of inaction. “We proposed it for last Christmas and it was categorically denied us by the Central Government. There is no one at the wheel,” the president declared. Despite defending the antigen testing policy, he acknowledged that there have been “supply problems” in Madrid.
Ayuso has influenced regional efforts to stop the pandemic, but also to safeguard jobs. The president has criticized the Executive of Pedro Sánchez precisely for not making decisions, she has assured, in front of the Madrid initiatives.
“If you tell me that closing is the solution to save lives, what about the Government of Spain that has not closed since the first wave. No Community has done so much to fight the pandemic and not against jobs,” he declared .
Ayuso has defended the health policies of his Executive and has stressed that Madrid’s health workers are “the best paid.” In fact, the president has affirmed that many health workers recognize “the effort” that the Community has made during the pandemic. “We are one of the few communities that has made an extraordinary hiring keeping all Covid professionals. Healthcare personnel in Madrid will always be a sector to be indebted and any effort towards them is little,” he declared.
Ayuso’s “commitment”: no more than 8 years in Madrid
The president of the Community of Madrid has also spoken about her future as a politician. Ayuso has declared that eight years at the helm of the region seems like a long time, at least, as leader of the regional Executive. On whether it will be a maximum of eight years, Ayuso has assured that “of course it will.”
“When one lingers and thinks about the armchair make decisions with fear. TOyes, in order not to be part of the problem and to know how to leave things on time, that is my purpose “, declared the president.
The interview with Isabel Díaz Ayuso through her responses:
About the toilets
“We are making a lot of efforts so that, soon, now that we leave this wave behind, everything returns to normal. We are one of the few communities that has made an extraordinary contract keeping all Covid professionals. The health personnel in Madrid will always be a sector with which to be in debt and any effort towards them is little “.
About antigen tests
“We proposed it for last Christmas and it was categorically denied by the Central Government. There is no one at the wheel. The communities have been left to make the decisions. We have tried to get the test policy back. We have had supply problems.”
On managing the pandemic
“If you tell me that closing is the solution to save lives, what about the Government of Spain that has not closed since the first wave. No Community has done so much to fight the pandemic and not against jobs.”
“If someone tells you that closing is the solution, we should have gone to the closing of Spain. What was the Government of Spain doing then? I do not agree with that, that is not the solution.”
About your candidacy for the General Directorate
“When the congress (of the PP) is held, I am going to present myself. I am excited.”
“I will be at the service of my party when asked but, above that, I owe myself to all the people of the Community of Madrid. To those who have voted for me and to those who have not. For that reason, the policies of my Government go for them”.
“I do not have any kind of national aspiration, I have just arrived in the Community of Madrid and I think I have enough with that.”
On the exploitation of minors under guardianship
“We have appeared as a private prosecution on this issue.”
“It is a very complex situation, not only because these minors have been raped by their relatives, but also because of the current law. We cannot monitor them outside the centers.”
“We do not have to lie about something that will later be demonstrated.”
About back to school
“We continue with the measures. We have launched an extraordinary reinforcement of 3,000 teachers.”
“We have to thank, as well as the health workers, the entire educational community for their work during the pandemic.”
About maternity benefits
“On the 24th we are going to present all the details of this plan. We are going to help many parents who want to have children but want to continue working.”
About his future
About his commitment, told in El País, of not spending more than eight years in politics: “Of course at the head of the Community, yes, because when one is there longer, one is no longer the same. When one lingers and thinks in the armchair make decisions with fear. TOyes, in order not to be part of the problem and to know how to leave things on time, that is my purpose “.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.