One year after the agreement for a coalition government between the PSOE and United Podemos was finalized, the confederal group led by Pablo Iglesias has brought together the leaderships of the parties and organizations that comprise it to make a successful balance of the Executive’s action and its action within it. Despite recognizing the limited forces that they have, with 35 deputies compared to 120 of the Socialists, the main leaders of the political space have defended not only their work, but it confirms “the success of the approaches” that they hold “since years ago “, in the words of the Vice President of the Government. Iglesias has vindicated the role of Unidos Podemos in the Government, but has also ratified the legitimacy of its mere presence in the Council of Ministers, as well as that of its allies, especially ERC and EH Bildu: “We must say to the gentlemen of the rights, operate in the political sphere, in the media or in any other, that The State, is everything ”
The main leaders of United We Can have gathered this Saturday under the title Walking together in an event halfway between the political rally and a management meeting. First, the most visible faces of the space have intervened openly: Pablo Iglesias, Alberto Garzón and Ada Colau. In addition, the candidate of Catalunya en Comú has done it in the regional elections next February, Jessica Albiach.
Iglesias has opened fire with a deep vindication of the work since its founding of Podemos and of the political space articulated around it. And with a forceful defense of the decisions adopted in recent years that, he said, were a condition for the possibility of both the current coalition government and its social policies, different from those of the previous decade. “We are at a time that is largely defined by the success of the approaches that United We Can has been defending for years,” the vice president of the Government began.
Iglesias has highlighted as an example the “management of the health, economic and social crisis” caused by the pandemic, “very different from the way the institutions dealt with the financial crisis of 2008”. A temporary reference that concerns the PP, but also the PSOE of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The leader of Unidos Podemos has mentioned the rise in the SMI, the ERTE, or the minimum vital income as some of the policies that they should be most proud of. And he thanked “the pressure” of social movements, especially the groups for the right to housing, thanks to which they have been able to force a regulation of the rental market, as well as the imminent royal decree that will prohibit evictions during the state of alarm. For now: “Then we will continue arguing”, has settled.
The icing on the cake would be the General Budgets that this week have been approved by Congress and that are already in the process of being definitively ratified. “In the first place, logically, for its content,” he said. Iglesias has defended public accounts that “increase investment in Health by 150%, 70% in education, 46% in dependence, 80% in science and research, 22% in university scholarships, 30% in promotion of employment, 60% in the fight against child poverty and 157% in equality policies “.
But Iglesias has also defended the political aspect of the Budgets. First, because “they consolidate a culture of coalition that is new in Spain at the state level.” The vice president has defended the strategy that the government’s junior partner has put in place, to press with all the means it has to try to carry out the policies it considers necessary to comply with the agreement sealed 11 months ago.
“Those debates, those differences and those tensions, which are natural in a coalition government in which there are two political forces that defend different ideas and interests and that receive different pressures, are not only normal and reflect what the people have voted, they are good, because they produce positive results, “he said. Iglesias recalled that some of the social improvements that we take for granted today, such as the 8-hour workday, are the result of social conflict and strikes. The leader of United We Can has defended this conflict as a “historical engine” of change.
Iglesias has pointed out a second derivative of the success of the Budgets: “The parliamentary majority that we have managed to build to make them a reality and for which some of us have worked hard not only in recent months, but in recent years.” The secretary general of Podemos has defended on this point his own legacy and the set of decisions taken in recent years, without hiding more or less veiled references to those who have broken with him due to discrepancies with those positions.
“This majority, although with a different internal correlation, has existed since December 2015, since the first general elections to which Podemos was presented. And it was repeated in June 2016 and then, again, in April 2019,” he assured , to add: “They have had to spend 5 years, several electoral repetitions, splits in Podemos and multiple attempts to force our political space to endorse a governance bloc that we could define as a ‘great neoliberal center’, with Citizens, always with Ciudadanos, to guarantee that the state of affairs in Spain changed as little as possible “. Iglesias has settled: “We have to be proud of the perseverance of this political space for having opted for being in the Government and for having been able to build a progressive and plurinational majority that is called to become the majority of the legislature and of the State leadership “. A pride that has transferred “especially to the militancy”, which has been key “to resist.”
Finally, Iglesias has analyzed the work of the opposition, to insist on an idea that he has been repeating for many weeks: “The very approach made by the rights of a centralist state that expels millions of citizens from its bosom will maintain them outside the government. ” The vice president has argued that the rights state “that the State is not for everyone, that the State is theirs.” He has given as an example the blocking of the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, from which the PP wants to exclude United We Can, ERC or Bildu, he has said, “basically by Reds, Catalans or Basques.
Iglesias has taken the opportunity to demand the reform of the organ’s renewal formula, as well as his role and that of the Government partners in said renewal: “And of course, United We Can, ERC or EH Bildu have to participate in that renewal with the same Right than any political force. We must tell the lords of the rights, whether they operate in the political sphere, in the media or in any other, that the State belongs to everyone. ”
In this context, Iglesias has warned that “the idea of a centralist, uniform and neoliberal state has failed” and that “an agenda for the defense of public services, labor and social rights, the common, and the fraternity of the peoples of the State, of the public res“. A” republican agenda “.
After Iglesias, the federal coordinator of IU, Alberto Garzón, has intervened, who has also glossed the relative successes of the coalition government.