More right and less independence

For once, and without serving as a precedent, socialists and popular people have been able to organize a party on the same day.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
12 May 2024 Sunday 04:23
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More right and less independence

For once, and without serving as a precedent, socialists and popular people have been able to organize a party on the same day. The great socialist triumph that allows Pedro Sánchez to shout to all of Spain that with his policies, including amnesty, he has destroyed the independence movement at the polls, coexists with the rebirth of the PP in Catalonia, which also meets the objectives that it had set in these elections.

The Popular Party multiplies the number of deputies by five (it is the party that is growing the most in Catalonia) and clearly surpasses Vox, which, despite the popular push, has maintained its 11 seats with merit. Both, socialists and popular, draw from the Catalan elections favorable material for the speeches of the great European battle that we already have around the corner. So, corkage of cava on Ferraz Street and Moncloa. And corkage too, although fewer bottles, also on Genova Street.

Those who wanted to take advantage of the Generalitat elections to stab Feijóo if the results did not go their way will have to sheath the steel and wait for a new opportunity. Catalonia provides a useful lesson to the popular throughout Spain, particularly to the Madrid ecosystem that is pushing so much in this direction: it is not necessary for Vox to disappear for its results to improve significantly. The same lesson, in the opposite sense, can also be useful for those of Santiago Abascal.

In the permanent hunger games played by PSOE and PP, the Galician elections elevated Feijóo at the expense of humiliating the PSOE. Then, in the Basque elections, it was the socialists who were able to compensate for the poor popular result. Now, in the Catalan elections, both formations have achieved their objectives due to the disintegration of the independence movement and the now definitive change of face of the Catalan electorate. The tiebreaker, in the Europeans.

Without leaving the realm of the right and the extreme right, we must also take note of the entry of Aliança Catalana in the Parliament, confirming what all the polls had been pointing out. Catalonia will bring something new to the Spanish political landscape. It will be the only chamber in the state in which two political forces of the self-proclaimed alternative right coexist.

The Parliament moves its ideological axis towards the conservative space. The CUP has crashed, the commons have lost a quarter of their deputies and the large increase in seats of the PSC has occurred with a very moderate speech by Salvador Illa, with some proposals until now traditionally attributed to the right. On the contrary, Junts, with notable growth, has run the least leftist campaign in recent years. Regardless of how the Generalitat ends up being governed: more right-wing and less independentist. The polls have also said this.