Governments have the advantage of having all the resources of the State to set the agenda and take the initiative. But they usually have the drawback of the difficulty and slowness in starting this heavy machinery to react to a crisis. The reaction of governments tends to be more typical of diesel engines in the event of a political fire.
It has taken the coalition government more than a week to begin to address the crisis caused by the “law of yes is yes”, the reform of the crime of sedition is still open and the one of the supposed modification of embezzlement is still on the air. All of this has occurred in the context of the obvious confrontations in the political space to the left of the PSOE, that is, Unidas Podemos and Yolanda Diaz.
Moncloa sources explain that both the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchezas the vice president Yolanda Diaz, as the main leaders of United We Can have conspired in recent days to achieve the goal of saving the coalition for the remainder of the legislature. All of them have fulfilled their part of the agreement this week to overcome the crisis and save the coalition, although the injuries and the causes that caused them remain.
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These days, in addition, the General State Budget for 2023, the third of the legislature, will leave Congress for the Senate with more votes than the previous ones and more than those of the investiture of Pedro Sanchez. It remains to close the agreement with ERC, which, according to the Government, is already on track.
To save the legislature, the Prime Minister has made that all ministers publicly uphold the law, headed by himself, waiting for the Supreme Court and on the path marked out by the State Attorney General.
United We Can, that is, the ministers Irene Montero and Ione Belarra, have agreed to avoid harsh criticism of the judges, as they did as soon as the sentence reductions became known. Montero no longer does so in his statements and Belarra, on maternity leave, no longer tweets like the first days, at the request of Moncloa.
Yolanda Diaz, second vice president, has also held talks in recent days with Sánchez about the idea of relieving tension in the minority part of the coalition. From her initial silence, Díaz has also gone on to praise the law drafted by the Ministry of Equality together with the Ministry of Justice, first with Juan Carlos Field and then with Pilar Llop.
Moncloa sources explain that this internal strategy to ease the tension and protect the coalition has been favored by the performance of the PP, which they consider overacted and loaded with hyperbole. The normal thing, they say, is to apply what “when the enemy is wrong it is better not to distract him”. But the PP has achieved the opposite effect with tactics such as appealing to the “rebellion” of the regional barons or to the socialist deputies. strategy that, finally, has ended up uniting the Government more.
They add their satisfaction with the way in which Alberto Núñez Feijóo He faced his face to face with Sánchez in the Senate on Tuesday. For example, due to the fact that the leader of the PP has agreed to enter into the framework of the motion of censure that Vox and Ciudadanos included in the public conversation.
What the Government does not end up definitively settling is the debate on the possible reform of the crime of embezzlement. Unofficially, Moncloa issues distancing with this ERC request because it could damage his image after the controversy of the “only yes is yes” and because it could mean favoring the corrupt.
However, publicly the Government maintains the ambiguity of stating that no amendment has yet been submitted by the ERC and, therefore, “there is nothing”.
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