It is a disease that usually afflicts those who rule. As a natural part of political aging, it manifests itself in the gradual loss of the informative gaze to focus on close political events, as well as in the most serious cases, the accelerated loss of the long-term strategic gaze. Presbytocracy is the tired eye of power. It happens when the presbytocrats, for example, stop seeing the journalists who cross the corridors, but it is extensible to the whole of the Government, when true friends, trusted personnel or high officials are no longer listened to. The term was coined by a great parliamentary chronicler of the transition, Víctor Márquez Reviriego, in a portrait of Alfonso Guerra, a Sevillian like him. His healing occurs suddenly and miraculously as soon as the presbytocrats lose the elections.
In the meantime if you want to survive that fateful ending, it is mandatory that you wear glasses. This war room is a type of glasses. We do not demand that anyone put them on, it is about finding the best ones for each one. If glasses are not used, yes, a respectable option but not at all recommended, the presbytocracy progresses very quickly and the symptoms of eyestrain due to the multiplicity of political incidents and the thunderous noise of the capital are unbearable, as well as great headaches. for not understanding (when you do it well, but don't tell it better) the negative results of the polls. Those pains can be very severe.
When a presbytocrat puts on glasses, eureka, he sees everything more clearly. Last week we wanted to explain it by making the obvious clear: that the rudeness and virulence of the attacks against the figure of Irene Montero were a fatal blow to the entire Council of Ministers. In politics, the silence of those close to you always amplifies the hatred that your adversaries spread. That is why we said that the coalition was broken and we said well, because broken is not dead. In fact, what is broken can always be sewn and re-stitched. As our a button: the helmsman of the Periwinkle, Pedro Vallín, valued on Tuesday through his sources that the Ione Belarra-Yolanda Díaz thread keeps the coalition alive, just as we learned, through other sources, that the president indicated about Irene very rightly during the Council of Ministers: "This is the minister of the entire Government"; to, finally, on Wednesday in the chamber see the investiture bloc standing up to applaud the Minister of Equality for three minutes. This is the line. That the fury that is projected against the Executive, as in good judo, ends up transforming, in the words of the right, Irene into "Joan of Arc", Yolanda into "The Red Lady" and Pedro Sánchez's Manual of Resistance , in the vade mecum of the re-elected president tomorrow. Enough of political violence. We celebrate it.
Enric Juliana wrote yesterday in "Ormazábal" a wonderful new piece about those prisoners in the Burgos prison whose contribution in the transition from dictatorship to democracy was enormous, but who did not even need to stand on tiptoe in the transition photo. I have the impression that there are presbytocrats who put themselves in the coalition's photo to weaken it from behind. Also those who stand on tiptoe today when they were not there and have bet that UP would disappear from the political map in 2024. In just a few days, they have verified their mistake. They also erred by recommending to the PSOE to use glasses with filters that hide imperfections. They should go.
UP will go with Sumar to the general elections, and if not, they have already seen how a candidate is built in just one weekend. The PSOE should help clarify the coalition that signed with UP. The loss of its electoral weight, moving in almost two years in a flat range of seats within the margin of error with a PP consolidating differences, has a lot to do with the campaign that has weakened UP. The coalition is going to vote in 2023, not a party. The horizon is only one: if the left defeats the current coalition at the polls, another coalition will succeed it and UP will be within it. What is presbytocracy then? The tired view of power that makes you waste time, people and choices. You have it?.