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There is not a single tweeter in Spain who does not remember it as one of the most memorable moments on Twitter. In 2014, a user named Delfín A$turiano wrote a tweet intended to Paco Sanz, who by then had made a small fortune by soliciting donations for the treatment of his Cowden syndrome, an extraordinarily rare genetic cancer. Or so he said.

A$turian dolphin: That genetic cancer thing sounds like a scam cousin

Paco Sanz: And I haven’t asked you for anything. Read what Cowden syndrome is and then speak. I don’t allow anyone to question my suffering.

A$turian dolphin: Yes, I have searched and when I search for cowden syndrome, you only appear on google asking for bitches

In March 2017, the police arrested Paco Sanz at his home in La Pobla de Vallbona. The Public Prosecutor filed charges against him for crimes of fraud, misappropriation and money laundering. In February 2021, Sanz reached an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office. The Provincial Court of Madrid sentenced him to two years in prison and the return of the almost 37,000 euros swindled from those who had believed in the seriousness of his Cowden syndrome. Actually, a benign disease in the vast majority of cases.

Cowden’s syndrome Yolanda Diaz is what some Galician acolytes have called “technopopulism”, a supposed mixture of populism and technocracy, of Nicholas Maduro Y mario draghi. The oxymoron is self explanatory. And it also says a lot about the unicorns of today’s Spanish extreme left: a demagogue who prescribes the same populist recipes as always, but with the technical knowledge necessary to make them work in practice, unlike what happened during the 150 years since the publication of capital.

That is, someone who, this time, applies communism “well.”

Yolanda Díaz at a press conference after the Council of Ministers.


It is not the only dithyramb with which Yolanda Díaz has been described during the last year. It has been said of her, for example, that “intelligence widens her eyes, lights up her forehead and overflows from all her pores. Even her name, as one chosen by the gods, is an exemplary contradiction, between the exoticism of his onomastics and the daily life of his surname” (Luciano G. Egido in CTXT).

“He is the central figure of a policy that does not aspire to annihilate all the other visions of the world, but to argue with them. I admire that he steals hours of sleep to read while carrying out the reforms of an entire country” (elizabeth duval in Vanity Fair).

“The vice president and minister who had to fight against the impossible to carry out the approval of the labor reform” (from the synopsis of her biography Yolanda Diaz. the red duchess).

“The Minister of Labor is not Rose Luxemburgbut a labor lawyer who has in her political culture the trade union struggle and the agreement within the social dialogue to achieve concrete improvements in conditions for the working class” (Anthony Master in

“She is an extraordinary woman for her ability to work and for how she says things. Her tone is a very effective achievement for many people who are tired. It shows that things can be done in a different way. I find it memorable” (Xavier Sarda in the Sixth).

“Yolanda Díaz was crystal clear this Thursday in her realism, and yes, we need realism. Neither salon realpolitik, nor ballet diplomacy, nor crystal whispers” (Anna Brown of Vera in Public)

The reality of the “Yolanda effect” is evidence of her only three contacts with the polls.

In the Galician elections of 2020, to which Yolanda Díaz did not appear, her face starred in many of the Galicia in common/Podemos posters. The party itself recognized that she was using it as an “electoral hook” and “to take the community into the 21st century.”

Podemos won zero seats.

In the elections in Castilla y León, Yolanda Díaz played a minor role of her own free will so as not to further aggravate her confrontation with Irene Montero and Ione Belarra.

Podemos lost one seat out of the two it had and 7,500 voters out of the 68,787 it had obtained in 2019.

In those of Andalusia on 19-J Yolanda Díaz was overturned as she had not been overturned in those of Castilla y León, finally emancipated from Montero and Belarra.

Podemos/Por Andalucía lost 12 seats out of 17 and more than 300,000 voters.

In other words, when Yolanda Díaz is not involved in an election, Podemos goes down. And when Yolanda Díaz gets involved, Podemos crashes.

At the national level, the publicized “Yolanda effect” has taken the party from 17.8% in the general elections of November 2019 to 11.7% in the latest Sociometric survey for EL ESPAÑOL.

The CIS is even more forceful. According to TezanosToday, Podemos would not even reach 10% of intention to vote (9.8%, specifically).

[Yolanda Díaz anuncia durante la campaña electoral andaluza su disposición a presidir el país: “Estoy dispuesta a dar un paso para gobernar España”]

Yolanda Díaz, obviously, is not to blame for the decline of Podemos, whose causes go far beyond her and have more to do with the intellectual, professional and personal lightness of its leaders. But the minister, so revered by her amanuenses that they need to remind readers every few sentences that the Galician is not Rose Luxemburg Although it may seem so, it has not served as a revulsive and has not even managed to slow down the fall of the purple formation.

The Minister of Labor, in short, does not fuel electorally and nothing suggests that her project, personal and at the same time a replica of the old IU, can even get close to 20% of the votes that Podemos obtained in 2015.

And that is why the most cited data in the odes to Yolanda Díaz is not her electoral results, but her popularity rating. A popularity that fills hours of television, but that is inane in practice. And you only have to remember here what she answered Adolfo Suarez when they informed him that he was the politician most loved by the Spanish: “Let them love me less and vote for me more”.

It is enough to know, furthermore, that a Spaniard likes nothing more than a failure and that is why losers usually lead all the popularity rankings in Spain with authority. see Alberto Garzon, also much loved by the Spanish. EITHER Inigo Errejon, another that treasures more lovers than voters. EITHER Albert Riveraalso much loved during the weeks prior to the 2019 Ciudadanos hecatomb.

But beyond the data is his strictly political work.

1. A labor reform that is identical to that of the PP, “except for one thing.”

2. Or the title of Minister of Labor with the most unemployed in the European Union. Even ahead of Greece, a textbook example of a structurally dysfunctional labor market.

3. Or the makeup of unemployment figures with the ruse of “discontinuous permanent contracts”. Ruse that aims to change reality by changing the name of that reality, as if the unemployed became busy by calling them “discontinuous.”

4. Or the terrible choice of her traveling companions. One accused of prevarication and coercion (Ada Colau), one accused and resigned for the alleged cover-up of the sexual abuse of a minor (Monica Oltra), a defender of the veil (Fatima Hamed Hossain) and one Monica Garcia who, after taking the photo together with the previous ones in November of last year, has subtracted herself from the Sumar de Díaz project.

[Yolanda Díaz en su acto con Ada Colau, Mónica García y Mónica Oltra: “Tenemos un proyecto de país]

Finally, there remains that intangible that is usually called in as many different ways as there are political leaders: charisma, personality, character, mood.

In the case of Yolanda Díaz, this disposition is based on a shocking tendency to egomania (she justified her sit-in at a NATO act with “I absented myself from my presence”), an alarming rhetorical emptiness (“I ask you on behalf of those Franco supporters who are going to vote” or “we are all in politics because of the smile of an Afghan girl”) and an inexplicable arrogance that has already caused not a few mockery in the world of Spanish business and finance (Díaz even accused the governor of the Bank of Spain of “profound ignorance” of the labor market and pensions).

No one knows today what Yolanda Díaz’s project consists of. Nobody knows if it will be Podemos with another name, if it will converge with Más País or with IU, who will accompany Díaz, how it will be financed and where its structure will come from. No one knows what her space is or where the minister intends to go with it. Nobody knows what distinguishes him from Podemos or what Yolanda Díaz contributes beyond her popularity rating in the polls.

Everyone seems to sense, in any case, that the fuel for this project is none other than the flattery of Diaz’s admirers. A gasoline with such a low energy content that it is unlikely that the minister will even get out of the garage with it.

Has the minister believed, in short, her own Cowden syndrome?

The problem with the “hopeful” Yolanda Díaz is that you search on Google and only she appears crashing into the polls and seeing how the defendants fall out of her pockets.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.