Enrique Miguel Sánchez Motos
Senior civil servant
Wrong way. When Pablo Casado defeated Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría in PP’s primary election, it seemed the party was going to change course. He was going to take it out of the cliff’s edge where Rajoy placed it. However, soon after he started to play a double game. He did not know, or does not want to, clearly assume the change that PP needs. At this time Casado must already have in mind that, from the PP, a part of voters has gone to Vox, another to Ciudadanos and others are waiting to decide next May 26.
Casado has shown to be brilliant in the Congress and in the debates, for his memory and the vividness of his answers. But unfortunately in the interviews we have seen what he is up to. When faced with straight questions, we see that he seeks to look good better than to make political proposals. In his recent interview in ‘El Mundo’ he said that his mistake in the last electoral campaign was to be unaware that the PP was the rival for Vox and Ciudadanos, to which the interviewer replied, with pure common sense. But, didn’t you realize until the election night that Vox and Cs competed with the PP for the same vote?
Then Casado tried to deceive the reader saying that Vox had been insulting the PP for months and that he has only placed it ideologically in the right side. You are lying, Mr. Casado. You have located it on the far right. Faced with this, Abascal branded you and your party as “the coward right”, which is nothing but to describe what many Spaniards think of the PP after the infamous application of 155 that will go down in history.
The interviewer insists and asks if he considers that it was a mistake to have said, on the last day of the electoral campaign, that he was open to Vox entering a hypothetical government. Casado defends himself correctly saying that obviously in politics we must open the door to agreements. But then, he stops talking about Vox and starts criticizing Ciudadanos.
He avoids entering into substantive issues. He just plays with words that has made so many votes and will lose the PP. And on top of that, he allows himself to brand as a mistake to address the Historical Memory Law in the campaign. According to his position in the interview, it is possible to think that he has lied about his desire to eliminate Historical Memory.
Once again, the interviewer points out another contradiction when asking him why he asks Ciudadanos to abstain so that Sanchez’s investiture do not depend on independentistas and Podemos. And specifically, he asks Casado: “If you understand that this is the best thing for Spain, would not it be coherent for the PP to do it?”. In this way, he caught Casado in another typical resignation of those who play politician and flee from commitments like peste.
Spain, said a political demagogue, “needs politicians who do not lie”. He was absolutely right, even if he did not apply it to himself. That message is still valid, but needs exemplariness. In matters of great political significance, such as article 155 and Historical Memory, it’s not possible to pass the buck. On issues of national and European impact, such as immigration, either. In economics, leftist demagoguery must be confronted. Also, of course, we must address the issue of autonomy. The autonomic coordination, the market unit, Spanish as the common language of all spaniards, are not, among other things, negotiable.
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