The presentation of the book by Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, after knowing the content of the book that has blown up the PP parliamentary group in Congress, it arrived this Monday in Madrid coinciding with the lighting of the Christmas lights. As expected, total absence of leaders of the PP With the exception of the deputy and friend Pilar Marcos. Yes, there was representation from other rival parties, such as Ciudadanos. The spokesman in Congress, Edmundo Bal, and the deputies Guillermo Díaz and María Muñoz they did not miss the appointment. There were also places reserved for the Vox spokesperson, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, and the candidate of that party in the Community of Madrid, Rocío Monasterio, although they finally did not attend. Yes, the father of the first, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, did. Also the founder of Vox, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, who participated in the PP national convention, and the MEP
Mario Vargas Llosa shared a seat with other intellectuals such as Andres Trapiello. The Nobel Prize starred in one of the moments when he took the floor to comment on the publication entitled ‘Politically undesirable’: “Criticism of the Popular Party, or rather the Secretary General, they are positive, stimulating and have no resentment”. There was laughter among the public at the clear support that the writer gave to the deputy for Barcelona, who in his book reflects Teodoro García Egea as a leader “who engages in politics of balls and balls” and accuses him of “not having had a valuable idea ”.
In the first rows there were other stalwarts of Álvarez de Toledo such as Alfredo Timmermans, who was his chief of staff and now deputy councilor in the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, whom he described as “the best thing that has happened to me in my time as spokesperson” and Gabriel Elorriaga, deputy and member of FAES.
The deputy had a few words of gratitude at the beginning of the presentation for Pablo Casado, “to whom I appreciate the opportunity of having headed the list for Barcelona “, and” to the parliamentary group, because they supported me in the conviction that Congress is not closed even in times of war.
He also took the opportunity to provide his support to Ayuso, whom he set as an example as a leader, “To lead you have to know how to do it, expose yourself, like Isabel Díaz Ayuso”, which assumed “the possibility of defending freedom against political, economic and moral confinement.” And he continued thanking him, “not only for giving us the opportunity to be an alternative, but for something deeper, which was the liberal joy of contact and reunion, of trade,” he settled.
Despite the discomfort within the PP and calling Casado a “welcome”, Álvarez de Toledo assured that the book “is written so that Casado is president of the Government”, although he insisted that “get to the Moncloa is not the same as governing “. And he explained: “You can get to Moncloa because your adversary collapses or volatilizes. But governing means changing things and setting up an alternative.”
“They are not going to kick me out of the game”
The deputy referred to one of the interventions that gave the PP the most headaches, which was the moment when she told Pablo Iglesias that “He was the son of a terrorist”. He refers to that speech on different occasions in the book and even transcribes it in its entirety in the final part. “I called the FRAP by name and even by title”he said to applause from the audience. There was another wave of applause when another of the participants recognized the merit of having spoken to Iglesias like this, and cited “two other women” who contributed to that cause: “Rocío Monasterio, who threw him out of a debate and Isabel Díaz Ayuso , who threw him out of politics ”. The applause returned within the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid where the presentation took place.
To the questions of some readers about the relationship of the writer with the extreme right, the deputy assured that “if they do not call you a façade, you are nobody in this country, if they even tell Serrat” and acknowledged that if those statements “come of the identitarianisms”,“ Welcome be ”the extreme right.
The last question was whether she would remain in active politics in the event that she was expelled from the party. The response was crisp and challenging: “They are not going to kick me out of the game”. What remains pending, yes, is the economic sanction that EL PERIÓDICO DE ESPAÑA already anticipated that they will put it for having broken the voting discipline in the institutional renewal. It will be in a few days.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.