If the right-wing still maintained the fiction of cracks in the PSOE around the granting of pardons, this Saturday it finally fell flat on its face. The party was already a calm sea, but the federal committee proved that there is not the slightest wave. The restlessness that was beating a little over a month ago, when Pedro Sánchez announced in advance that his Government would grant pardon to the inmates of the process, has been blurred until it becomes imperceptible. The pedagogical work deployed by the president and his team, the “furious” opposition of the PP and the conviction that the two years that remain until the following general elections will cushion the electoral wear that the polls capture today have done their job and have helped to calm the waters. So much so that the leader, who claimed the “courage” of his centennial training and his “true patriotism“He was able to enjoy a placid meeting of the highest governing body of the PSOE, without setbacks, absolutely calm and even” boring “, as several leaders said at the exit.
The closing the ranks of the federal committee, the first face-to-face in a pandemic, It was total, without a trace of self-criticism. Sánchez controls the game and this corresponds to him with stony support -at least for now- for his strategy of relaxation with Catalonia. It is true that the three barons most critical of the grace measure, each in their own way, did not attend this Saturday’s meeting at the Novotel Madrid Center in the capital (not at the Ferraz headquarters): nor did the Castilian-Manchego Emiliano García-Page, nor Javier Lambán from Aragón -both for medical reasons-, nor Guillermo Fernández Vara from Extremadura, in his case for a family celebration. The presidents of Navarra, María Chivite, and the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, did not travel to Madrid either, due to institutional agenda issues, although both of them supported the government’s strategy from the beginning. And Susana Díaz, secretary general still of Andalusia but already close to her departure, was absent to give the leading role to Juan Espadas, winner of the primaries and his immediate successor. Finally, the highest management body endorsed the roadmap of its boss and unanimously approved the convocation of the 40th Federal Congress, which will be held in Valencia on October 15, 16 and 17, 2021.
“The PSOE is a brave, determined, determined match for the conviction that we are fulfilling our duty when we have to govern and lead this country, “said Sánchez at the beginning of an intervention in which he was received with applause from his own. The Secretary General presented the pardons as one more link of the chain of “complex” decisions that the socialists have adopted for the good of their country. As a sign of “true patriotism”, which “puts the welfare and progress of Spain before any other political consideration.” present in the letters of Juan Negrin in 1948, head of the Executive in the Civil War, when he defended in exile the arrival of the ‘Marshall plan’ to the dictatorship, or the one that was behind the industrial reconversion of Felipe González or the defeat of ETA and the expansion of civil rights driven by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
The PSOE was “brave” also when it had to defend “secularism”, when it was necessary to trace the path of rights such as abortion, equal marriage, or euthanasia. “It has not been easy to be brave, to be determined, to have courage,” he observed, emphasizing that transcendent decisions are delicate, risky, but worthwhile and, over time, are digested, with “intelligence”. by citizens. Because, above all, the PSOE “has always loved Spain”, he proclaimed, to face criticism from the opposition, who accuse him of wanting to tear Spain to pieces.
Independence, “of the last century”
He then recalled that they also endorsed Zapatero having “betrayed the dead” when it was he who proposed the anti-terrorist pact, just as they predict concessions when he supported the application of 155 in Catalonia in 2017. The party is obliged, he said, to “build cohesion, coexistence”, because if not “no one else is going to do it.” For the president, the pardons are already having their “effects”: “Beyond the noise from the right, serenity begins to prevail.” The measure of grace, he continued, are a “resounding message” from Spanish democracy to Catalan society, from “empathy”, from wanting to “count on” it to build “a better future”. And together, because independence “it’s something from the last century“.
Sánchez painted the PSOE as a “brave” party, but also as the formation “of hope”. He pointed out that the coalition government tried to fight inequality, “paralysis”, corruption from minute one … and then had to face the pandemic. Now that the end of the tunnel is nearing, what economic recovery is in sight and the vaccination is going well, “Spain is doing better every week.” The PP, which he turns to “destroy” and “twitch”, he said, “he will suffer at the polls”. For the chief executive, his opposition is “indistinguishable” from that of Vox. “It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter,” he resolved.
The speeches by Sánchez and Espadas were followed 23 interventions of the members of the committee, headed by those of the presidents of Valencia, Ximo Puig; Asturias, Adrián Barbón, and the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol. All three fully aligned with the Executive. The Valencian baron defended the step forward of the pardons, with a PSOE “behind the Government, also supporting from the autonomous communities” and to fight a PP that is the largest “solvent“for” cohesion. “Puig was one of those who demanded, however, that in the negotiation of the new financing model, a fair model be designed without” privileges. “Also the Aragonese leader Vicente Guillen claimed that funding is based on equality. The spokesman in the Cortes, sent by Lambán to the committee, expressed his vote of “confidence” towards Sánchez but at the same time showed his “skepticism” towards ERC and the independentistas. Mariano Sanchez, the representative of Vara, lent his “total support to Pedro”, as described by a member of the organ.
Salvador Illa, winner of the Catalan elections of 14-F, thanked the president for his “courage and leadership“by approving the pardons because that is a measure that helps the” reunion between Catalans and between Catalans and the rest of Spaniards. “The former minister again demanded a dialogue table between the Catalan forces from Pere Aragonès, a demand that Sánchez already made to the president and that he recalled this Saturday.Other federations such as the PSE, led by Idoia Mendia, also believe it is very important that the agreement first set within the community and then transfer that consensus to the rest of the State.
The final validation formula and the hypothesis of a consultative referendum throughout Spain are still under debate. The Ministers of Finance and Territorial Policy, María Jesús Montero and Miquel Iceta, cooled that option: the important thing, they said, is to bring positions around “viable formulas”, because there will never be an agreement on self-determination and amnesty. “What there will be is an attempt to finish off the work of fighting the pandemic, ensure economic recovery, and ensure a very powerful social shield. That is our priority. And the rest. there will be time to talk“, dispatched the first secretary of the PSC.
Top-level leaders and middle cadres came out satisfied of the appointment of this Saturday. No criticism was heard – not even for the collapse of the party in Madrid in the autonomic elections of 4-M – nor voices that expressed fear of eventual electoral punishment for the pardons. “Has been extraordinaryAll the elements have helped, and it was a very difficult operation, “pointed out a baroness.” The militants are on to something else, “summarized another territorial leader. When job creation is consolidated and funds arrive, the legislature changes completely“. A maximum autonomic person in charge of the interior Spain recognizes that” weighs “the question the pardons,” but a lot less than it seemed and there is so much left for any choice … “.
In effect, the relief in the PSOE comes mainly by the margin of two years that remains until the following general ones, if the plan drawn up by the president is fulfilled. Other commanders thanked Sánchez’s pedagogical work, how in his speech this Saturday he had incardinated the measure of grace with the history of the PSOE itself. “You could tell there was affectivity“pointed out a regional official, a veteran of the committee and who highlighted the radical climate change when compared to those harsh meetings of Sánchez’s beginnings. Not to mention the dramatic October 1, 2016 in which the notables, led by Susana Díaz, they made him resign.
At four and a half hours, the debate had concluded. Without setbacks. The president, whom his team saw as “euphoric”, thanked the support samples. The endorsement closed to your roadmap. The voting also went smoothly. The call for the 40th Congress was validated, the ratification of Espadas as a candidate for the Board, the modification of the regulations [ver texto de apoyo]. The committee also approved delegating to the federal executive the approval of the framework presentation, which has not had time to finish. The dome will do it next Saturday, July 10, prior to an act of presentation of the document, which will again be starring Sánchez.
The president crossed another important border. That of the push of his party. Y he already has it.
Clamorous silence to say goodbye to Díaz and hands-free for Espadas to assemble his team
The other great protagonist of the federal committee was Juan Espadas, the flamboyant winner of the Andalusian primaries. Pedro Sánchez, in the passage of his speech dedicated to the internal question, first recognized the work of Susana Díaz. Dramatic pause, maybe waiting for someone to break a clap. There was not. Nothing. A clamorous and striking silence. She is already past absolute. “Now, the responsibility is Juan Espadas”, continued the president. Then yes came the ovation. The mayor of Seville promised an opposition to Juanma Moreno “useful, constructive and with a sense of state, like the one that Sánchez demands from the PP. “You are going to have the PSOE-A behind you,” added the next leader of the most powerful federation.
On July 23, if there are no surprises, Espadas will be proclaimed, in fact, the new secretary general of the PSOE-A. In the time that mediates until the end of the year the regional congress is held and new regional management bodies are elected there, you will be able to set up your own team. The federal committee unanimously approved this Saturday a modification of the regulations so that Espadas can name an organizing team for the conclave. In this way, Diaz’s executive is emptied of power. Formally, it will be active until the Andalusian Congress, but its functions will be assumed by the committee appointed by the new leader. When the replacement between Espadas and Díaz is formalized, she will become an autonomous senator.
In an organic key, one of the committee members, the historic Paco Fuentes, also spoke, asking for more power to be returned to the intermediate bodies, the federations. He did so in the context of a reflection on the trigger of failed censure motions and their consequences, which the leader has not explained, complained the ex-senator from Extremadura, also pointing to his Cabinet director, Iván Redondo: he does not doubt that it was he would shoot “down a ravine for Pedro, but not for the PSOE.” After all, this Saturday is the last appointment of the PSOE staff before the 40th Congress in October.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.