As if it were the story of Snow White, in Madrid, this Monday, and even if it was not in front of a mirror, members of the team of Isabel Diaz Ayuso and of José Luis Martínez-Almeida messages were exchanged to settle which of the two bosses should show the title of great liberal. With sarcasm and away from the atmosphere of tension and internal war that has permeated the last days the news of the PP in the community by the ordago launched by the president to take control of the training in the region, both have not privately hesitated to shoot a dart to settle this new battle between two old friends.
The excuse was the delivery this Monday in Italy of the award The Flame of Freedom. An award that recognizes outstanding liberals – in other editions, the writer has been recognized Mario Vargas Llosa or the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Leopoldo Lopez– and that this year has fallen into Ayuso for the management made during the pandemic.
Thus, with a joking tone, from Cibeles, headquarters of the municipal government, they went to Puerta del Sol, headquarters of the regional Executive, to ensure that Martinez-Almeida he is more liberal than Ayuso. And to support the claim they argued that the mayor, in two years, has saved the people of Madrid more than 200 million euros thanks to the approved tax credits, among them, the reduction of the IBI, the exemption of the terrace fees or the reduction of the tax on economic activities.
More than 200 million compared to the 3.4 that the community coffers will stop receiving after what Ayuso announced that he was going to eliminate the two own tributes that remain in the region: the tax on the installation of recreational machines in hospitality establishments and the deposit of waste, were in charge of remembering in Cibeles.
Also, with some malice, sources from the first mayor’s team slipped that Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, head of the Treasury, has strong links with the Bruno Leoni Institute, the ‘think tank’ that grants the award that the Madrid president received. And that, perhaps, has been able to tip the balance in Ayuso’s favor, they hinted. The counselor, by the way, was one of the people who accompanied the leader in the award ceremony.