Moncloa confines a divided opposition in Madrid with a regionalist accent

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Moncloa confines a divided opposition in Madrid with a regionalist accent




The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. (EFE)


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The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. (EFE)

The main opposition party to the Government has entrenched itself in the Madrid’s community, pushed by the intervention of the central Executive in an asymmetric war. The knock on the table Pedro Sanchez decreeing the state of alarm in MadridAfter weeks of clashes between administrations, it was not a surprise either for Genoa or for the regional representatives in Puerta del Sol. In a coordinated manner and from the same line of argument, the mayor of the capital, the regional president and the national president of the PP have received the expected stake more like the beginning of a new phase of opposition that as the tragic end announced of an institutional confrontation.Time would have given them the reason for the lack of dialogue, search for political interest or imposition of the Government. However, Moncloa has placed the pieces as intended, trying to isolate the opposition, territorially and electorally. The Socialists have their Madrid leaders hibernating, which makes it even more visible that the conflict seeks to be framed between a state project, with a vocation to govern Spain, and a regional one. A territorial conflict with the capital of the country that is increasingly distancing itself from the rest of Spain, as shown by the impact of the words of Isabel Diaz Ayuso by ensuring that “treating Madrid like the rest of the communities is, in my opinion, very unfair”. “Madrid is Spain within Spain”, he stressed, posting a not random message.







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Demofilo PeláezThe President of the Government maintains that the decision taken in Madrid was the necessary one to offer a legal framework that endorses the restrictions to stop the advance of the pandemic

The processist accent in which this clash between the state administration and the Madrid administration has led has emphasized it even more. “Can Sánchez make a table for the self-determination of Catalonia and a negotiation to bring ETA prisoners closer to the outskirts of the Basque Country and cannot speak with the Community of Madrid? Everything has been propaganda to intervene Madrid,” he lamented Pablo Casado. Your counselor for Justice, Enrique Lopez, insisted on taking the shock to the land of territorial conflict, along the path that the Government has wanted to mark: “The state of alarm decreed by Sánchez is a constitutional outrage against the Community of Madrid and an attack on all Madrilenians.” The story of the process moves to Madrid.

“Jaque pastor”, some of the strategists of Moncloa have come to celebrate, comfortable with the withdrawal of the popular to an isolated territory. Check, too, waiting for how the regional coalition government evolves, increasingly divided. And attentive to possible fissures between the moderate barons and the state leadership for linking the national alternative of the PP to the fate of Díaz Ayuso.

The perimeter confinement has been justified mainly to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus in other communities due to the bridge

Columbus’s photo begins to unravel And the truth is that the distancing between popular and oranges has accelerated since the regional president allowed Sánchez to enter Puerta del Sol, seat of the regional government, to sign a truce. It barely lasted 48 hours, but it left open a safe corridor within the Madrid minefield that Moncloa did not miss. All this without ceasing to insist from the central government that “the right thing is done”, which could not be anything other than fight the virus. What’s more, the perimeter confinement it has been justified mainly to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus in other communities due to the 12-O bridge. There was no time to lose to protect the rest of Spain from Madrid, he came to say. An answer that, if it does not empathize with the people of Madrid, it does with the rest of Spaniards and disarms the criticism of the unfair treatment of the Community of Madrid and, mainly, “Madrid is Spain within Spain”.

Another accelerator is the pressure from the investiture partners of the regional government, Vox, to call early elections and face the state of alarm with mobilizations in the street. Option to which Genoa has more objections than the regional PP. “There will be no electoral advance in Madrid or motion of censure, as the national president of Ciudadanos has said, Inés Arrimadas, because it is up to her and me, who depends on an electoral call in an autonomous parliament or to support a motion of censure. The rest would be an act of transfuguism “, warned Casado, while in Ayuso’s environment filter some polls in which PP and Vox would grow in seats, to the detriment of Cs.



The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (c), and the vice president, Ignacio Aguado, and the spokesperson for the Vox parliamentary group in the Madrid Assembly, Rocío Monasterio. (EFE)


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The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (c), and the vice president, Ignacio Aguado, and the spokesperson for the Vox parliamentary group in the Madrid Assembly, Rocío Monasterio. (EFE)

The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (c), and the vice president, Ignacio Aguado, and the spokesperson for the Vox parliamentary group in the Madrid Assembly, Rocío Monasterio. (EFE)

“Sánchez has had plenty of pride and lacked dialogue. Madrid has intervened for partisan purposes,” summarized the head of the opposition, Pablo Casado, what happened in recent weeks. A “155 sanitary”, in the words of the mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, who combines his position with that of the party’s national spokesperson. Madrid becomes the spearhead of the opposition to the Government And that’s where all efforts begin to focus, from the perimeter confinement, for the enjoyment of Sánchez and his advisers.

In a sport of strategists and chess players in which the pandemic is just one more phase of the tournament, Moncloa has placed the rival where i wanted to unfold its full potential. He has confined the opposition in Madrid, after holding out for weeks to choose the key moments. “Politics is the art of what is not seen. You have to prioritize so that execution works later. Strategy more than tactics “, defended in a interview the chief of staff of the Prime Minister, Ivan Redondo. His counterpart in the Community of Madrid and exporter of the Government of Aznar, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, it is more of action, because as assured in another interview, “dialogue cannot be the one recipe for all problems.”

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