The PSOE wanted to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1931 Constitution as the first “fully democratic” and the PP wanted to proclaim the validity of the current Constitution against those who seek “to end what they call the ’78 regime”. Neither 31 nor 78 gave rise to the least consensus among the groups of the Constitutional Commission of Congress. The right sees no reason to celebrate the Republican Basic Law, which it considers “anti-religious.” And the left does not see them to promote adherence to the 78 with messages against one of the Government’s partners.
Tempers in Congress are easy to get on top of current issues. And it is much easier for them to do it with almost anything from the past. Yesterday’s cocktail at the Constitutional Commission had all the ingredients: the past of the Republic and the present of the current Constitution, which everyone is already throwing themselves every day to the head. In the end, the president of the Commission, the socialist Patxi López, was able to breathe easy. And, without noticing that he still had the microphone open, he commented to his colleagues at the Table: “It went well, right? And of time … Then, let those who have to catch trains and planes not complain ”.
López intervened to stop some outbreak of brawl, such as the protests of the popular after the president of the United Podemos group, Jaume Asens, branded them as “political sons of the Franco regime.” José María Sánchez, from Vox, raised murmurs on the left when he referred to the “electoral fraud of ’36”. But Sanchez himself set the tone for the debate, unusually subdued for the issues at hand, when he thanked the socialist Diego Taibo for the “thoughtful” intervention in defense of the values of the Second Republic. Outside of parliamentary courtesy, the wall between right and left did not budge a millimeter.
Taibo, indeed, strove to be conciliatory in his defense of the request to the government to commemorate with “events and exhibitions” the 90th anniversary of the rule that ended the Bourbon restoration. He stressed that the democratic values of that Constitution “speak more about what unites us than what separates us” and “its inspiring principles are the same as those of the current one.” The center-right was not convinced. María Jesús Moro, of the PP, denounced that the Socialists indulge in the “mythological exaltation of the Republic while attacking the current Constitution.” He was joined by Ciudadanos, whose deputy Miguel Gutiérrez accused the Government of fomenting “false debates” and provoking “cultural wars to polarize”. The initiative came out with the majority that supports the Executive, the abstention of PP and Citizens and the rejection of Vox.
The next jump to 1978 also failed to bring the positions closer. The PP wanted Congress to urge the Government to “defend the current Constitution.” Coming from the previous debate, the popular Edurne Uriarte clinched: “What do we need more, go back to the past or strengthen the present?” Everything seemed to indicate that the PP had presented the initiative against the partners of the Government so that the PSOE would reject it. And the PSOE replied by presenting an amendment for the PP to reject it: among other things, it proposed a commitment to comply with the constitutional mandate to renew the Judiciary every five years. Between and one other play, the vote on 78 ended up just as divided as that of 31.
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