Enrique Miguel Sánchez Motos
Senior Civil Servant
Etymologically, schizophrenia means divided mind, mind that contradicts itself without being aware of it. It is often characterized by abnormal behaviours and an altered perception of reality. It is the opposite of so-called common sense, which is based on obvious principles, such as that in order to reach agreements one must talk to the other parties, that all parties must make concessions, and that what is signed must be fulfilled. The center-right pacts between PP, Ciudadanos and Vox present clear symptoms of schizophrenia, tremendously striking, much higher than those presented by the pacts between PSOE and Podemos. The facts are evident.
The secretary general of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, signed, on June 15 at 4 a.m., with the secretary general of Vox, Javier Ortega Smith, a pact to obtain the investiture of mayors of the PP. In less than 24 hours, the new mayor of Madrid, Martínez-Almeida, failed to comply, leaving Vox out of his government team. It was something unthinkable, incredible and unacceptable that left the renewed PP de Casado in a bad way in his political beginnings.
To the serious breach of the PP have been added the intransigence of Ciudadanos, a party that has not yet defined whether it wants to be in the center-right or center-left. Ciudadanos has put, for now, a full and total red line to Pedro Sanchez, who has done merits for it, but at the same time intends to implement a ‘cordon sanitaire’ to Vox, without explaining why. Ciudadanos is making itself the queen of intransigence, playing a schizophrenic vaudeville that leads nowhere.
Therefore, it is schizophrenic to try to blame Vox for the lack of complianceabout the pacts signed by the PP and the unfounded intransigence of Ciudadanos. The coherent thing would be for Vox to insist on compliance with the agreement signed with Teodoro and its extrapolation to the communities of Madrid and Murcia.
This is, unfortunately, the framework of the centre-right political pacts with which Spain finds itself. It would be very convenient for the parties to reflect on the extent to which Spanish politics has ethics or not and the extent to which they have a vision of the State. Spain needs a regeneration of political life. Without it to pretend to have stable governments is nonsense. “To be or not to be, that is the question”.
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