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“We ask the government to be reasonable and not force us to carry out a case which, because of the pure common sense that the Spanish executive should have, should lead it to cancel the decree. [de medidas de ahorro y eficiencia energética] And let’s sit down to talk,” assured Miguel Telado, the deputy secretary of the organization of the Popular Party, at a press conference held at the national headquarters of the formation this Tuesday, around 1:30 p.m.. Barely a few minutes passed when the Minister of the Environment of the Community of Madrid, Paloma Martín, opposed this strategy. In another press conference He announced the intention of the executive of Isabel Díaz Ayuso to precisely punish the opposition to the energy saving measures that came into force this Wednesday. At 00:00 the regional executive will challenge them in the Constitutional Court, as Vox tried in Castilla y León, although there the PP has so far not listened the pressure of the far-right partner.

What happened this Monday shows a course of action that has been repeated in the PP since Pablo Casado was forced to leave the party presidency four months ago after losing internal pulse with Ayuso. Now it’s Madrid’s president who sets the pace for national leader Alberto Nunez Feijo. And the dynamics were observed, especially, before the aforementioned energy saving decree approved by the Council of Ministers on Monday of last week. As Ayuso wanted, the entire PP ended up waging an all-out war against the government over these rescue measures, which managed to focus media attention in mid-August. And this text includes some of the measures that Feijo himself came to request two weeks ago.

The PP leader argued that in solidarity with EU partners, temperature limits for air conditioning and heating should be adopted to overcome the economic consequences of the war and reduce dependence on Russian gas. He also advocated reductions in public lighting by municipalities. But as soon as the text was approved by the government, Ayuso not only opposed the executive, but also the leader of his party, categorically rejected all these measures. “It will not be used by the community of Madrid. Madrid does not go out. It causes insecurity and scares tourism and consumption. It causes darkness, poverty and sadness,” he tweeted.

Then, the national leadership of Feijoo’s PP was forced to balance not to antagonize one of the party’s regional leaders with the most political weight and the one who helped the former Galician president oust Casado and head the main opposition. party. No regional president has challenged the Madrid president’s refusal, prompting him to back down and seek an appeal before the court, which was confirmed this Monday by councilor Paloma Martín.

The barons, who together with Ayuso hold greater political power in the PP, the president of Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, and the president of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno, received a royal decree. In fact, the Andalusian leader boasted during his first term that he had saved a lot of money with an energy efficiency plan imposed on the council by his finance minister, Juan Bravo, which basically consisted of turning off the lights in empty spaces. public buildings. Only what the government decree establishes. Bravo is now Feijoo’s chief economic adviser.

Based on this panorama, the populist leader once again had to adopt a double discourse that obscures the image of moderation that he is trying to project after becoming the leader of the PP. Last week, PP Secretary General Cuca Gamarra called Pedro Sánchez “selfish”, “supportive” and “selfish”. But, unlike Ayuso, he complained about the ways in which the royal decree was passed into law, not the measures themselves: “When the people are forced to do something, they clearly rebel.” In fact, the government held meetings with regional governments and parliamentary groups before approving the resolution, as this newspaper reported this weekend. Spanish And the executive branch confirmed this Monday.

All in all, the PP went through every possible scenario in terms of energy saving in a few weeks, from refusing to pass the flag of the measures, requesting various meetings with the government or criticizing its inefficiency. This Monday, Tellado finally requested the annulment of the decree law and the convening of a conference of presidents to discuss a new conference, also in terms of energy efficiency. And the community of Madrid responded that “before the closure of the executive” and “its irreparability”, the regional executive announced “the submission of a complaint of unconstitutionality, because their competences are questioned”.

The third vice-president and the transition minister of ecology that same Monday summed up the dynamics set in the PP with the following words: “We were surprised that before the end of the press conference there was a president of the autonomous community. [en alusión a Ayuso] He says that it does not turn off, that the street lights do not turn off. In fact, he had spoken before, perhaps understanding that there was no restriction of any kind. And we were surprised that speech changed throughout the week. First it’s “it’s not working”, then “we’re doing it, but not as much”, then “we’re asking for a withdrawal”, then “we want a technical meeting”, then “we want a ministerial meeting”. And “then we want a meeting of the presidents”. I don’t think it’s reassuring.”

Faced with demands to step down from the PP leadership, Ribera decided: “The decree law is in force and some measures are in effect from Wednesday. The postponement implies the adoption of a new royal decree law, and in fact it will not happen. be some kind of postponement”.

The president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, for his part, accused the PP of being a “destructive, blocking and negative” opposition for demanding an exit from the energy saving plan. “I ask the PP for unity, responsibility and solidarity” to support the decree, Sánchez said Monday from Lanzarote, where he is spending several days on vacation, although he began the week meeting with Canarian President Angel Victor Torres.

In addition, Sánchez also recalled that before the approval of the Royal Decree law “the government was in contact with the autonomous communities and parliamentary groups” and mentioned this Monday at the sectoral conference between the executive and the autonomies. “I ask the PP for unity, responsibility and solidarity,” he insisted. “I understand that he is preaching in the wilderness, because we have not seen this responsibility for two years. We see the opposition, which is always destructive, blocking, denying,” he condemned. In the same line, Social Rights Minister and Podemos Secretary General Ione Bellara accused the PP of “working against their country” and of lacking “less democratic commitment” to “overcome the essential consequences” of the rescue measures. In the fight against war and a very sensible climate emergency.’

Before the PP autonomies attempt to revolt, Sánchez wanted to say that “the laws are respected” and that “this is what all the autonomous communities have to do.”

Source: El Diario

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