Casado and Ayuso face each other over the management of the pandemic in the Community of Madrid | Spain

The battle in the PP has acquired another dimension. The confrontation between Pablo Casado and Isabel Díaz Ayuso has jumped from the purely organic – power – to the ideological, on a matter also as sensitive as the management of the pandemic. The president of the Community of Madrid has launched to replicate her strategy of shock against Pedro Sánchez due to the health restrictions now against the leadership of his party, which he accused this Tuesday of attacking the health policy of his Government for not allowing him to celebrate Christmas dinners at the party. “I want to make it clear that dinners are not taken away from me, they are taken away from members. I want it to be clear that this is going in the opposite direction to the health policy that we choose in the Community of Madrid ”, charged Ayuso. And Casado, who until now had always defended Ayuso’s policy of lax restrictions, reacted with a blow on the table. “Yesterday [por el lunes] 100 people died from covid, it is a dramatic reality that sometimes it is convenient to remember ”, he launched.

Although that figure is not correct, because the 103 deaths that appeared on Monday in the statistics of the Ministry of Health refer to all those notified, which accumulates those of the weekend and other delays, the truth is that Casado put above the table as an argument of authority those who died from the disease, precisely what the left has used to reproach Ayuso for what it considers to be a reckless management of the pandemic.

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The leadership of the PP has set foot on the wall because it considers that celebrating mass Christmas dinners or lunches, with more than 100 participants, such as those that were meeting in the party and claims Ayuso, “puts the health of the Spanish at risk.” They are “irresponsible”, underline sources of the dome. For this reason, Genoa first sent an instruction recommending to all its structures to cancel these meetings, an indication that some followed and others did not. In Madrid, the president of the Madrid PP, Pío García Escudero, turned the recommendation into an order in the Ayuso territory. Those related to the president interpreted this movement as an attempt to short-circuit their contact with the bases, in full conflict with Genoa over the power of the PP in Madrid, and this Tuesday, the Madrid leader made it clear that she accepts the order out of discipline, but not because share it. And he did so by launching a new onslaught against his party. “Madrid’s health policy has given us great benefits,” defended Ayuso. “Thanks to her we have gone against the pandemic, but not against the economy.” And, contrary to the management’s thesis, he stressed: “We have never defended the cancellation policy. There is no reason for things to be canceled or banned. “

The policy of lax restrictions has earned Ayuso international fame –The Washington Post These days he dedicates a praiseworthy article in which it is read that “the free market conservatives” may have found in Ayuso “a hero in this populist era and trumpiana”- but according to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, Madrid is the community with the highest number of deaths in absolute figures in Spain and with the highest fatality rate among the three most populated.

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In the dome of the PP they exploded by those declarations of the Madrilenian leader. “You cannot be an anti-system all the time,” criticize party leaders close to the national president. In Genoa they believe that Ayuso’s strategy of “permanent confrontation” has worked against Sánchez, but replying against Casado for this matter of dinners “is suicide.” The majority of opinion-makers, under the leadership of the PP, have supported Casado’s position that these types of events be suspended, “just as the majority of companies in this country have done.” In the PP in Madrid there are also critical voices against the president. “What cannot be is that the contagion curve rises and the networks of the PP in Madrid seem like a party,” argues a popular source with chevrons in the Madrid PP. In the party they believe that “his statements are going to turn against him, because it is impossible that in Madrid the incidence does not rise.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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