Sánchez and Díaz compete to stay away from extremes | Spain

Nadia Calviño (left) and Yolanda Díaz, in a control session to the Government in Congress.
Nadia Calviño (left) and Yolanda Díaz, in a control session to the Government in Congress.Javier Lizón (EFE)

Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government, leader of the PSOE and Yolanda Díaz, Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, visible head of United We Can in the coalition Government, and a communist militant, as Vox reminds him daily, flee at the same time, but not together , from the extremes. Extremism shrinks a lot of electoral space. The PSOE does not have to learn this lesson. Although in its centennial history it has had time to fall into radical positions, not always shared but giving rise to strong internal divisions, since the restoration of democracy its project has always rested on attracting social majorities. The origins of United We Can, in the wave of disbelief in politics and traditional parties, are in the powerful group of the indignant. If Yolanda Díaz accepts, she has not yet formalized it, heading a progressive and left-wing platform, based on United We Can, it will not be to raise flags of “assault to the skies”, in proclamation of the former leader of her party. Dialogue and consensus to benefit the majority.

The competition, therefore, although the distance in favor of the PSOE cannot equate them in implantation and expectations, it will be in which of the two is closer to the real needs of the country. So much pragmatism, so much discourse, and, above all, measures, glued to the ground, is an objective problem for the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, who in just over three months has touched the sky with the polls and without falling at all, the demoscópicos studies appreciate anxiety in its potential electorate. In principle, and until a new turn, the popular leader will try to disrupt the moderate dynamics of the Government, in speeches and statements. Not only from Sánchez, and the ministers of United We Can, but also from the economic team, who due to their long professional careers in the purest European orthodoxy, left little doubt about their economic rigor. For them. The First Vice President, Nadia Calviño, is in the eye of the popular hurricane, followed by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, the Third Vice President, Teresa Ribera, and the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto. For the PP all are and will be socialcommunists. And lousy managers.

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“Everyone knows that Nadia Calviño is the worst Minister of Economy in Europe; the worst Minister of Economy that Spain has had […] and, in addition, she is a fraudster ”. This was the public response of Pablo Casado last Friday to a tense private conversation with Calviño that concluded with a disqualifying phrase from the vice president to Casado that had the mayor of Madrid and national spokesman of the PP, José Luis Martínez Almeida, as receiver. An episode whose literal content puts the vice president in a bad place, since it was she who approached Casado to ask offended why he had used the control questions in Congress to blame Pedro Sánchez for episodes of sexual abuse of children . “Married is unbalanced.” This was Calviño’s auction to what he heard from Casado and that had Almeida as a listener. On the side of the Government, it is added that this literalism loses gravity if the facts could be seen and heard. But what happened allows the PP to put Calviño in the same bag as Sánchez and the ministers of United We Can. The notices of the rulers of the PP to their national leader to abandon the tremendous will not be heeded for now.

The more the PP raises the tone, the more the PSOE will be modulated, say socialist sources. All ministers are instructed to carry out the maximum possible standards, especially economic and social ones. Not a month ago the opposition threw itself on the Government for the concatenation of labor disputes. The government’s expectation was that, given its sectoral nature, the probability of negotiation and agreement was high. First it was the metal sector in Cádiz, with the discreet intervention of Minister Maroto. The conflict with the Transport employer’s association has just concluded with the negotiation of the owner of that portfolio, Raquel Sánchez. The agreement of this conflict, with ramifications sunk for many years, indicates the decision of the Executive to do the impossible to put out fires, even if they are entrenched issues. The economy, employment or social policies are the catapult with which the Government wants to arrive in good condition at the next general elections. European funds are the reason for the optimism of the Executive. This Sunday the Minister of Industry presented an aid plan on La Palma, which will be joined by the approval this Tuesday of others for the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla. But there are dark clouds. The maximum tension has returned to La Moncloa due to the rebound of the covid, when it is awaiting the most relevant announcement of the legislature: the agreement on the labor reform. The negotiation is headed by Yolanda Díaz although, if there is a happy ending, it will be the president who signs it. But inside and outside the Government it is known that if there is a signature with the CEOE and the unions it will have been their doing, from the moderation.

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

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