Neither the threats from the opposition, nor the pressure from the Mixed Group to request that the vote be carried out by show of hands, have broken the block that the three right-wing groups have erected this Tuesday in the Madrid City Hall to maintain the roads dedicated to Millán Astray, Fallen from the Blue Division and Crucero Baleares in the street map of the capital.
The vote has been preceded by a heated debate in which, beyond Francoism, many references have been made to other isms such as Nazism, Stalinism or independence. Finally, PP, Cs and Vox have voted against the proposal of the members of Recupera Madrid and, for this, they have referred to the regulation that the State has to develop within the Law of Democratic Memory.
An argument that has not convinced the councilor of the Mixed Group Luis Cueto who maintains that the aforementioned nomenclature of the street map "can be withdrawn without the regulations."
A point that the Popular Party has not liked, as the president of the Plenary, Borja Fanjul, has made clear, urging the Mixed Group not to be "in such a hurry". The regulation "is not yet done and when the PP governs it will repeal this disastrous law", he has stressed.
The vote, however, has not caught anyone in Cibeles by surprise. The Mixed Group, in fact, already advanced yesterday its decision to appeal it to the courts if the Plenary of Cibeles since, with the new Law of Democratic Memory "there is no your aunt".
Memory Law aside, the municipal opposition groups in the Madrid City Council seem to have agreed to try to delve this Tuesday into the wear and tear suffered by the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida (PP), in the current legislature. And after, among others, the attempt to spy on Ayuso from a municipal company or the matter of the commissioners for a covid contract from the Consistory, today they have deployed all their artillery to erode the mayor and prevent his rearmament before the municipal election cycle of May.
Sexist violence, health and acoustic quality have been the workhorses with which, at times, they have managed to hit the occasional right hand on the mayor's jaw.
The municipal leader of the PSOE, Mar Espinar, has stressed that during her speech she was going to talk "more minutes" about health than a doctor has to attend to a patient in Madrid and has demanded that Almeida "stop hiding" saying that has no powers.
"Beyond your militancy, as a person who cares about other people, do you think this course is the right one? Is it worth weakening the public system to introduce the American model? That is what Mrs. Ayuso wants," he diagnosed. Thorn.
Before, the leader of the opposition, Rita Maestre, has asked the mayor about the health situation in the capital, where "there are no doctors" and the citizens require the City Council "to do something to protect their health."
Almeida's attitude in both cases has been very different, evidencing the taking of positions in the face of the electoral battle in May. While the socialist deputy -who will not be a candidate- praised her "reasoned and reasonable" intervention to, however, remind her that, despite the reduced municipal powers in the matter, Madrid's health "is one of the two or three best in all of Spain", the opposition leader was accused of the opposite.
Almeida has reproached Maestre for making "a performance" in plenary session on account of an area, the health sector, which "is not a municipal competence"; and he has considered that if Más Madrid takes this matter to the Palacio de Cibeles it is to "do the job of Mónica García", the party leader at the regional level, to "see if they can get a little more".
Almeida has finished his turn to speak to defend, in addition, the health forecasts at the regional level, and to show his confidence that the Ministry of Health "can reach" an agreement with the unions to resume normal service in the field of Primary Care.