Saturday, December 4

Yolanda Díaz adopts the ‘Macron model’ for her project: less we can and more civil society

But little by little unknowns are being cleared up. Until now Díaz had insisted that to understand what he intends to do, one must internalize that the key is not to talk about matches. Not about egos. The closest model in terms of formality, explain sources close to the leader of the United We Can government delegation, is ‘La República en Marcha’, the platform that propelled Emmanuel Macron to the Elysee Palace. The secret of his success was knowing how to disassociate himself from the parties. And that’s exactly what Díaz is after: open space, overwhelm United We Can and other parties that they can collaborate in their political project, giving ground to the representatives of civil society. Political profiles will lose weight in favor of independent sectors of society and professional groups. Ultimately, a contest will open with the purple for the electoral lists. And the seats of Congress and the Senate.

“The easiest thing would be to make a candidacy, pre-select the lists … these things that politicians seem to like the most, but I prefer to listen to my country to modernize it,” Diaz admitted last weekend in an interview with ‘El Mail’. Macron, from another ideological terrain, made a similar reflection in spring 2016. At that time, the now French president had already left the socialist party and his goal was to create a platform supported by social groups. The vice president, without political affiliations at this time, is counting on doing something similar from progressivism. Without the Podemos or IU card – he only keeps that of the PCE for “honor” to the family tradition – he wants to reconfigure the left to the left of the PSOE. And if possible, also infiltrate the space of the socialists. “There is a new country to build, with people who think differently, with much to contribute, with contradictory voices,” he stressed a few days ago.

Avoid egos

The vice president has already outlined the first steps to build her ‘country project’. The first stage, he explains, is to visit Spain to meet with civil society: associations, groups, unions … “I am going to be a lever for approaching society’s problems,” he is proud. But contact with the street does not want it to be left alone in a contribution to the program or a shared act. I want to take it further, as did Macron, who filled half of his lists with candidates without previous political experience.

To put it into operation, it will need spaces on the lists now held by the parties of the purple coalition -Podemos, IU, En Comú Podem, Galicia en Común and Alianza Verde-, which could generate resistance. More considering that she lacks any organic power within Unidos Podemos. “It is more difficult to raise this country project than to make a candidacy,” he advanced, knowing that touch power quotas can raise blisters.

The Podemos leadership, aware that in its ideological space there is, at least for the moment, no better candidate than Díaz, has already endorsed the “broad front” proposed by the vice president. It remains to be seen if when he publicly details the internal structure that he intends to create it convinces them. At the moment, the purples do not show signs of being worried. Nor to understand all the implications of Díaz’s strategy. The purple leaders insist that their training will have to occupy a central axis in the new project, but egos, the Minister of Labor has already warned, will not be well received. So much so that the vice president is explaining to the coalition leaders that she will have no problem taking a step to the side if they find a better civil society candidate, explain voices from around her. Hence part of his reluctance to confirm head of the list.

Kinder tone

Therefore, the next challenge for Díaz is to achieve seduce citizens to such an extent that they indulge in active politics. Macron took advantage of the disenchantment of the public and the discrediting of the parties to offer a less rigid project, with more diffuse borders and that allowed large groups to unite around specific causes.

The vice president wants to explore that path. Above all, it will try to focus on ensuring that the adhesion of any sector of society does not harm them in political terms. Mainly, in relation to a possible confrontation with the PSOE and other forces on the left. The fear of breaking ties with other formations could scare many actors to step forward. Thus, the next electoral campaign should have a different approach, underline sources close to Díaz, before pointing out that no one would understand a fierce battle with the Socialists after having governed together for four years. A new strategy for a new structure. The question is whether it is realistic and what its margin of success can be in this country.

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