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Pedro Sánchez asked Cucá Gamara for the fifteenth time if PP was willing to agree. Not even that it was a simple and clear question that the Speaker of the Government addressed the Parliamentary Spokesperson at the Congressional Control Session this Wednesday and had already invested number two Instead of the popular, he warned her: “I would like to know if they are going to support or continue to interfere with the extreme right.” Gamra didn’t enter the excitement and did what he’s been doing for days before the same question: leave it unanswered. His tone, which was already far from Kasvad’s dialectical leadership years, seemed to indicate that he was going to support it. After a few minutes, the spontaneous response from the popular seats began to indicate no. It was then that the deputy was expelled from the UPN Carlos García Adanero ruled that “with Sanchismo you cannot agree” and happiness took over the PP bench.

The new PP shows up at Congress as usual with the same protagonist and a remarkable script twist. The anger has stopped momentarily and the tone, which is always harsh in the background, has become far less aggressive. The music has changed. Now this letter remains to be known. Popular has not given many clues about this at the Parliamentary Headquarters at the moment. Nor in the control session this Wednesday, on the eve of the first visit to La Moncloa by the new leader – without a seat – of the main opposition party, Alberto Nez Feizu.

If Pablo Casado killed the president with a machine-gun of anything in his hand, the popularizers are now focused on a single issue: the economic cloud. On this Wednesday, Gamra struck again. He reviewed the most disturbing statistics of recent days and rebuked the president for devoting himself “to looking for criminals” – read the war in Ukraine – “no more solutions”. Later, Gamra repeated the general litany: lower taxes and reduced government spending. Sánchez devoted himself to taunting Fizzu after he had sent no alternative proposals for an executive plan to combat the spiral of inflation and the closure of schools in Galicia. As Gamra left the invitation/order for the treaty unanswered, the President stated his intention that, whatever happens, it will continue “with an absolute parliamentary majority”.

Minutes later, nostalgia for the older and more belligerent methods arose among the popular: they no longer practiced them, but were enthusiastic about what others did. In this case, Navarán García Adanero, one of the lawmakers in a permanent state of combustion, whose feud with the president raised the temperature on a morning that was very hot. A few days earlier, Adenero reprimanded the president for calling him a turncoat, following his expulsion from the UPN for failing to comply with the party’s decision to support labor reform. And Navresi’s talent jumped. He did what he did against his party, he explained, for another simple reason: “Because you can’t agree with Sanchivad.” The figure of Adnero, a minor deputy of the mixed group, then rose above the entire right-hand-raised hemicycle: the seats of PP and Vox reacted enthusiastically in unison.

Wednesday’s session confirmed that war and economic uncertainty have completely taken over the parliamentary debate. No one talked about ETA prisoners or the position of Castilians in Catalonia or the agreement with the libertarians. Almost everything was war and economy, and almost everything was cut from the same cloth. The government alleges that no one can blame it for echoing the Ukraine invasion, while PP, Vox and Ciudanos say Spain’s economic data is “the worst in Europe.” Sánchez and his economic vice president, Nadia Calvino, reiterate that they are aware of the civic “anxiety” and the right wing accuses them of being on the street with their backs. In this act of transmitting to the government what are the true feelings of the most humble Spaniards, the Vox spokesperson has long distinguished himself. “The reality is very harsh,” Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros instructed Calvino. “The Spaniards have to decide if they eat, if they warm up, if they fill up the car’s tank … and you know nothing, because they don’t step on the road.”

Not only PP, but Vox has also lowered decibels in Congress, coinciding with its imminent start in regional government functions. This Wednesday Macarena Olona only once called Yolanda Díaz a “communist minister” and even demanded “education and respect”. The second vice president had mutilated a Vox deputy, who echoed the deception spread in Seville that labor reform would prevent workers from hiring for the April Fair. The bench on the left burst into laughter when Diaz reprimanded Olona: “It is a sin to lie.”

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Despite everything, the day could not end without a row and it came to pass when one of the regulars of the duel brawl, José María Sánchez, appeared on the scene. The Vox deputy – who has already been expelled from this legislature – compared the presidential minister to the head of Nazi propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and called Sanchez a “Fuhrer”. Felix Bolaos reacted scathingly: “We don’t have to endure the humiliation of the extreme right!”

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