The president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, today asked Pedro Sánchez for explanations about the real state of the public accounts, after the Government has announced that the land of public employees will rise by 3.5%. The popular leader wants to know if that figure is agreed within the Government, if it is agreed with the unions. And above all, why that figure, since it would mean, if inflation ends at 8.5, a 5% loss in purchasing power of officials.
Feijóo made this summons to Sánchez during a conference given before the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Spain, whose president, Jaime Malet, was full of praise for the president of the PP, whom he considers "a politician with management capacity", who it is “what we need”, he said, which starts from a diagnosis of reality but “gives hope”.
The president of the PP wants Sánchez to also clarify whether that 3.5% rise for public employees is also a suggestion for workers in the private sector, since nothing has been heard again, he said, about the income pact that he proposed in April, and that the Government has not specified.
Feijóo explained to the North American and Spanish businessmen who met at the call of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Am Chame Spain, both his energy proposal, which he sent this month to the President of the Government, and the anti-crisis plan that he sent in April to La Moncloa.
Income tax deflation, reduction of VAT from 10 to 5% of some basic products, such as meat, fish, pasta, preserves, bottled water. A drop, he pointed out, that the PP proposes to be provisional, as long as the shopping basket maintains an increase in prices remains above 15%.
Feijóo criticized that Sánchez's fiscal plans, contrary to what he proposes, and what the PP communities are doing, which the Valencian Community has joined, are "not to alleviate" the situation of citizens, but "to increase the tax burden."
And that happens, in his opinion, because Sánchez has put the Spanish economy “at the service of his ideology”, and the conclusion is that Spain is the OECD state “that has increased the most fiscal pressure in 2020”.
Feijóo described the United States as a "strategic ally, and much more, an institutional ally in a world threatened by totalitarianism, where autocracies are gaining ground", to which one cannot "give an inch", because "the temptation of populism has a very long shadow", and for this reason he advocated that Spain, "without ceasing to defend what it is, once again have a credible policy, so that it can once again be a reliable partner".
A reliable partner especially in the economic sphere, said Feijóo, but also in international relations, because the current situation, he stressed, is very delicate with runaway inflation, low economic growth, and lack of control of public accounts.