Edmundo bal He was facing the debate this Friday between candidates with charged batteries. He had prepared himself thoroughly. He kept a “special” taunt for Pablo Iglesiashe admits.
The candidate of United We Can had maintained in Telemadrid that it was he who gave the instructions to the UME to disinfect the residences. Information denied to posteriori by the Ministry of Defense. “That was a lie and I was going to ask him about it,” admits Bal in conversation with EL ESPAÑOL.
But the liberal candidate’s plans quickly went awry. Iglesias got up from his chair and left the study when Rocío Monastery questioned that he has received a letter with four bullets from Cetme without striking and with a death threat: “We Spaniards no longer believe anything about this Government“.
Stunned, the Ciudadanos candidate tried to stop his political rivals. “Democracy is dialogue; it is just Churches who defend the dialogue table between the Government and ERC, and then they go and get up,” he argues.
Bal reconstructs the scene for this newspaper. He was in front of Iglesias. He could see, for example, that he constantly used his mobile, despite the fact that the rules of electoral debates expressly forbid it.
When the far-left candidate decides to leave, Bal looks Iglesias in the eye and begs him: “Pablo, please, don’t go; don’t play his game.” But it was in vain. “It gave me the feeling that everything was perfectly orchestrated,” he says.
Gabilondo and García
Henceforth, despite the departure of Iglesias, the debate proceeded “in reasonable terms”, according to Edmundo Bal, who was “comfortable”. But then the cut arrives to go to publicity, and the absurdity is consumed.
“They give us five minutes to talk to our advisers: there was still talk about the economy, taxes, pact policy and the golden minute,” he says. But then Angel Gabilondo (PSOE) and Monica Garcia (More Madrid) announce their departure.
“What did they say to Gabilondo and Mónica at break? Get up. If Mrs. Monastery is so irritating, why didn’t they get up earlier? Is it irritating right after the publicity,” he ironizes.
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Bal was the only one who tried, until the last moment, to save the debate. “Please don’t go, don’t get up,” he asked. And he went directly to Gabilondo: “Angel, you are a socialist; a socialist does not get up“.
“Did Felipe González get up from the Moncloa Pacts with Adolfo Suárez? From Iglesias I expect everything, and from Monica also because she is a clavadita, but the one who has deeply disappointed me is Ángel Gabilondo,” he says. For all the above, Bal feels “between indignant, sad and worried.”
“Mobilize the center”
Despite his frustration over what happened, Edmundo Bal is optimistic in his reading and believes that this episode “will mobilize the center” because “the show has been unfortunate and people” are not that polarized now. “Although he also sees a danger: “If we continue like this, tomorrow we will be as polarized or more than in Catalonia.”
Bal appeals to “the moderates, those of us who do not get up from the table, those who want to convince with the word, those who refuse confrontations, those who refuse to consider a political adversary an enemy.” In short, to those of us who “believe in the 1978 recognition between two sides.”
“It has cost us a lot to gain freedom and we can go from one day to the next to the fret,” he laments.
Despite the announcement of Más Madrid and United We Can not attend more debates, causing their consequent cancellation, Bal assures that, for him, he would continue to attend even if he stayed alone at the lectern. “I’m not going to stop, I’m going to continue doing my campaign,” ditch.