The leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, has asked the PSOE for “courage” for the next State’s general budgetsto “redirect course” with more social policies instead of “spending money on weapons by demand of a foreign power”. And it is that Belarra has accused the socialists of having neglected “the flags” characteristic of a progressive executive.
In an open intervention before the State Coordination Council of Podemos, the general secretary of the party has reproached Pedro Sánchez you want increase investment in defense up to 2% of GDP in 2029, as announced on the sidelines of the NATO summit last week. To do this, it will be necessary to double the current spending devoted to defense.
“Our country does not need to buy bombs and fighter planes”but measures to improve the lives of families and avoid “massive impoverishment” caused by the pandemic crisis first and now the economic crisis derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Belarra stressed, stressing that Spain “is not at war “.
For this reason, the purple leader has stressed that it is a priority that the next public accounts, which could be the last before the elections scheduled for the end of 2023, must be “the milestone that allows the Government to reorient the course and recover the rhythm”, posing like this ambitious tax reform a family law or measures to shield purchasing power and curb inflation, among other things.
He says that “it is Podemos alone who raises the progressive flags”
According to Belarra, at the point where the legislature is, “There are no clear political objectives in the action of the coalition government” and believes that this is perceived by “many progressive people”, who also increasingly have the feeling that “It is Podemos alone who raises the flags that should be the hallmark” of this progressive Executive.
There are also two “key” issues for Podemos that the Government must face now: the gag rule repeala law that has been in force for longer with this coalition government than it was with the PP (he has pointed out), and housing law.
Belarra has listed some initiatives that it believes are necessary and “urgent”, such as approving a family law that extends maternity and paternity leave to 6 months, which includes child-rearing income of 100 euros per month for each child in each family, as well as paid leave for the worker of seven days a year to care. Also establish a maximum price for fuel to contain inflation, through an extraordinary tax on energy benefits, or continue lowering the price of the transport subscription until it costs 10 euros in all communities. Another of his proposals is a fund of 10,000 million euros to invest in public health and public education.
Díaz asks for “calm” to address the Budgets
For her part, the second vice president, Yolanda Diazhas remarked this Monday, regarding the option of increasing military spending, that his position is “very clear” and well-known, when in March he already showed that he was not in favor and made explicit his commitment to prioritizing investment in health, education and research .
And he has asked for a reflection to address the debate on the General State Budgets for 2023 with “serenity”, “calm” and the “necessary tranquility”. This has been pronounced in statements to the media upon arrival at the act ‘A Minimum Vital Income oriented to inclusion’.
For his part, the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has described this Monday as “song to the sun” that there are parties like United We Can they refuse to increase the defense budgetas without a “safe environment” education, health or social assistance from a universal perspective. In his opinion, the measure will go ahead with the groups that defend “democratic values.”
“In democratic societies, as NATO represents, it is necessary to have a security space where we can exercise our rights and freedoms; the increase in investment, I do not like the word spending, is also to guarantee an increase in investment in education, in health and in assistance to all citizens”, said Grande-Marlaska to questions from the press after inaugurating after inaugurating a course at the Complutense University in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
There, he was convinced that Parliament will support the increase in the military budget to 2% of GDP: “We will do it with the government partners and with all the parliamentary groups that are really involved in democratic values.”