Faced with the controversy over the clash between Rocío Monasterio and Pablo Iglesias on the SER network, a call to order. Isabel Díaz Ayuso has demanded this Saturday that the PP obviate a conflict that puts under the spotlight what implies that its Executive may depend on the extreme right, as all the polls indicate, and that it refocus the electoral campaign on confronting Pedro Sánchez for the management of the pandemic. It was the best summary of the fear with which the conservative formation observes the possibility that the left will mobilize around the death threat to Iglesias, transforming the placid journey that Díaz Ayuso lived until now on his way to the polls into a sprint full of curves.
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“What is happening these days is really a complete confusion,” said Díaz Ayuso at a rally in Pozuelo de Alarcón in which he has once again avoided any kind of criticism of Vox. “We don’t have to get lost,” he asked. “After the two most difficult years that Madrid has lived, our society is more united than ever, and we must not de-center ourselves,” he insisted, complaining that the ministers of the Sánchez Government criticize the Madrid Executive. And he finished off: “We are not going to be for circuses right now. We have to talk about what does happen, and not get confused with what does not happen. It can’t be that after two years of fighting alone [con la pandemia] non-existent problems are manufactured at the last minute to cover up what is important. Now we are hearing how there is a new strain, from India, that is putting the health system in check. Where is Pedro Sánchez?
An attempt to retake the initiative
It has been an attempt to retake the initiative in the electoral campaign. To achieve this, the PP has taken out all the cannons. Its national leader, Pablo Casado, has intervened to touch on some of the great classics of conservative training (concerted education, terrorism and Transition) and defend a difficult equidistance in the controversy between Monastery and Churches (“The PP does not want stones or bullets , neither boycotts nor sanitary cordons ”, has said). Around the stage, unexpected winks, like public support for the president of an eminent rajoyista, Fernando Martínez-Maillo, the former number three of the President of the Government. A union of the new and the old PP in favor of Díaz Ayuso that has had as a nexus the criticism of two nuclear policies of the Sánchez Government.
First, the turn of educational policy has come, and the attacks on the Celaá Law, which have included giving the spotlight to Andrea Matarí, the daughter with down syndrome of the popular deputy Juan José Matarí, whom the Minister of Education reproached in Congress to complain about the special education changes without, he said, knowing anything about it (he later apologized).
And then the main course has arrived, health policy. Díaz Ayuso has once again reproached Sánchez for what he calls inaction against the virus. It has called on him, as always, to follow the example of the Community of Madrid. And he has taken out the heavy artillery: one by one, he has been appointing the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz-Escudero; the deputy minister of public health, Antonio Zapatero; the general director of Public Health, Elena Andradas; and the director of the Hospital Nurse Isabel Zendal, Fernando Prados Roa. For the first time in a campaign that began on March 15, the top managers of the pandemic management in Madrid have supported Díaz Ayuso at a rally.
“They have suffered a lot. And they never said no ”, said the president of the Community. “It is the team that represents me: the people who say yes to adversity, who throw back situations as difficult as the ones we have experienced.”
A way, by comparison, to criticize Sánchez. This is how Díaz Ayuso hopes to recover the initiative on the way to the 4-M polls, which he sees as a springboard that facilitates the arrival at La Moncloa de Casado. “These elections are going to change the course of Spain, Pablo, and you are going to be the one who directs it from then on,” he assured.
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