EuropaPress, 14 January 2024
Meeting of the PP steering committee in Toledo /ISABEL INFANTES / EUROPA PRESS
The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has activated his positions to denounce throughout Spain the “inequalities” that the pacts of Pedro Sánchez with the pro-independence supporters represent, such as the one related to the transfer of the competences of Immigration, granting “privileges” to some Autonomous Communities compared to others and generating “first and second class” citizens, according to ‘popular’ sources.
Although Sánchez saved two decrees ‘in extremis’ — the so-called social shield with anti-crisis measures and the so-called ‘omnibus’ on Justice –, in ‘Genoa’ are aware that the “grotesque” plenary session on Wednesday in the Plenary of Congress has conveyed an image of “weakness” of the Executive of PSOE and Sumar, which accepts the “blackmail” and “extortion” of the independence movement.
“We are facing a defeated and humiliated government,” Feijóo said on Thursday, who has instructed his party officials in every province of Spain to give no respite to the government and publicly denounce the pacts with the pro-independence supporters and the consequences of the “concessions”.
The ‘populares’ stress that the measures agreed with Junts were not part of the PSOE’s programme and were not voted for at the ballot box. In the case of the transfer of Immigration to the Generalitat, they consider that this proposal is already causing “wear and tear” to the PSOE, which has “difficulties” in explaining it because “nobody understands it”.
Feijóo announces a “route for equality” throughout Spain against “extortion” and the “humiliation of Waterloo”.
“There is inequality and there is no progressivism when you agree, as Sánchez and Sumar have done, to the xenophobic and racist demands that Junts has put on the table and that the Government is obliged to comply with”, said this Friday the deputy secretary of Organisation, Carmen Fúnez from Toledo, where Feijóo has recruited his hard core for two days to design the strategy of attack on Pedro Sánchez in this opening of the political course.
Feijóo and his party will also emphasise the economic measures that Sánchez’s government did not agree to include in the decrees. According to the ‘populares’, if they had been carried out the citizenship would have avoided increases “of up to 20% in heating, a saving of 1,200 million for VAT on food and another 1,000 million in reduction of ministries”.
Specifically, the ‘populares’ calculate that with the reduction of VAT to 5% on meat, fish and canned food, Spaniards would save 1,218 million euros a year, according to party sources. On the energy side, they denounce that the 5% to 10% increase in electricity and gas bills introduced with the anti-crisis decree will cause the average family’s bill to rise by 10% in the case of electricity and 20% in the case of heating.
And in defence of the deflation of personal income tax for incomes of less than 40,000 euros, the PP stress that “a middle-income couple, with a salary of around 35,000 euros each, equivalent to a taxable income of 30,000 euros per person, would have a percentage saving of 2.74%”.
From ‘Genova’ they have collected these savings figures in an internal argument that they have distributed among their officials so that they can pass on to the Spaniards in their respective constituencies the millions that are lost by the pacts of the Government of Sánchez with the pro-independence supporters and not with the PP.
With three electoral appointments as a backdrop – Galician, Basque and European – Feijóo has scheduled an intense agenda to explain the PP’s “legal, political and social” offensive against the Sánchez government.
“Puigdemont blackmails Sánchez and Sánchez hands Spain over to him. Faced with a weak and lying government, we are launching a political and legal offensive and we are returning to the streets,” the PP posted on its social networks, referring to the protest in Madrid planned for Sunday 28 January.
According to the PP, the “vast majority of Spaniards are against” the pacts that Sánchez is signing and they intend to “channel that social indignation” with “a new civic and peaceful rally in the street” on the 28th, in the words of their parliamentary spokesman, Miguel Tellado.
The mobilisation will coincide with the processing in the Lower House of the amendments to the Amnesty Law, as Congress has enabled the month of January to speed up the processing of this law agreed with the pro-independence supporters in order to achieve Sánchez’s investiture.
After Feijóo’s two-and-a-half-day “retreat” with his steering committee in a ‘cigarral’ [recreational mansion] in Toledo, the PP leader has called this month’s 26th meeting of the party’s Interparliamentary Assembly, which will bring together his deputies and senators in Orense on 20 and 21 January to coordinate the party’s strategy in the Spanish Parliament.In addition, the President of the PP has called a meeting of the PP’s National Board of Directors – the party’s highest body between congresses – for 29 January to continue setting the priorities for this political year and to prepare for the elections, starting with the Galician elections, whose electoral campaign begins on 2 February