Editorial, 29 December 2021
Salvador Illa, first secretary of socialist PSC / EUROPA PRESS
The first secretary of socialist party PSC offers himself as an alternative to a Government that governs for minorities
Salvador Illa, first secretary of the PSC, has stated that the 52% pro-independence majority is “a fiction.” This is what he has expressed in an interview with Europa Press in which he has assured that “the parties that make up the Government add up to 41.37%” and not a majority, as they maintain. In addition, the socialist emphasizes that “during the negotiations of the Catalan budgets it has been found that the majority of the investiture has been broken and has shown the fragility of the Government”.
The socialist expresses that the amnesty and self-determination defended by the Executive of Pere Aragonès “are not the way” and that, in addition to being impractical, they generate frustration. For this reason, he denies that the majority of Catalans bet this way, the argument used by secessionists based on this 52%. With the results of the last Catalan elections in hand, the first secretary of the PSC defends that what the majority of citizens want is a “fair financing” and an improvement of the self-government of Catalonia that guarantees prosperity and promotes public security policies that , for example, guarantee respect for Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra.
“Rule for 100%”
In this sense, the PSC is offered as an alternative to the Government of Aragonès. He defends a roadmap that aims at realistic and political horizons in which the whole of Catalan society has a place. “A government must govern for 100% of the Catalans and not for 52%; labeling itself as the Government of 52% is already a serious error,” he added.
Illa insists that the best service that the PSC can provide to Catalonia is “to offer an alternative.” In addition, the first secretary advances that the so-called alternative Government, in which he has organized his parliamentary group, will update his work plan to draw this proposal with more intensity.
The PSC will not vote for the break
Precisely, on the possibility that Aragonès does not finish the legislature, Illa is blunt and is committed to stability. “I would like there to be a Government that would last four years. And that we can draw an alternative path in these four years, “he says.
Regarding the dialogue table between the central government and the Generalitat ends in a referendum, Salvador Illa emphasizes that the Socialists refuse to vote for a break, although they will support a consultation on an eventual agreement.
Reorganization of budget items
Regarding the budgets, which will come into force on January 1, the socialist believes that the president has not known how to take advantage of the accounts to break inertia. In fact, Illa emphasizes that the PSC would have allocated between 1,000 and 1,500 million euros to other needs, such as the reorganization of autonomous entities and public companies dependent on the Generalitat.
Likewise, he questions the need for delegates from the Generalitat in the four Catalan provinces and encourages rethinking the territorial structure, “at a time when in one day you can come and go from anywhere in Catalonia.”
“Prudence and vaccination”
Regarding the new restrictions imposed by the Government to stop the advance of the sixth wave in Catalonia, Illa has remarked that in a decentralized system “everyone must face the decisions that one makes.”
The former Minister of Health, who received the third booster dose last Friday, calls for prudence and encourages the population to continue with the vaccination. In addition, Illa defends the decisions made by the central government, since it has done so from a “very scientific approach” of the evolution of the pandemic.