“Last minute occurrence”. This is how the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, describes the European Union's proposal to tax the extraordinary profits that the electricity companies are achieving thanks to the war in Ukraine. In an interview in the newspaper La Razón, Ayuso says that she is "in favor of not taxing anything" and that "everything that is not reducing expenses and reducing taxes is just a workaround." The leader of the regional PP thus underpins her own profile outside the leadership of the party that she has promoted since 2019 and that she recovers a few weeks before the ideological convention that she is preparing for the month of October.
Feijóo's PP sees how its lurch regarding the tax on electricity companies has an internal response. The coalition government of PSOE and United We Can has proposed a special and temporary tribute to the benefits of electricity companies and banks. An idea that the right has attacked from the outset, until the European Commission chaired by Ursula Von der Leyen (of the European PP) has made a move and has defended a tax on energy companies.
Europa's change of pace left Feijóo out of the game and he had to turn. The leader of the PP passed in 24 hours from voting against if he wants to debate the tax in Congress to defend the decision of the European Commission, which must be ratified by the EU countries in the coming days.
But Ayuso goes free and has harshly attacked the tax. "I am in favor of not taxing anything and there are interventions in the free market that later have more detrimental effects," she says in the interview. She assumes the European proposal, technically different from the Spanish, as the lesser evil, but makes his disappointment clear. "I don't like any of them," she says. And she concludes: "My position is that everything that is not reducing expenses and reducing taxes are just workarounds, which benefit the Government more than the citizen."
Ayuso does not accept any type of intervention in the food chain either and defends the large multinationals of distribution with the excuse of small farmers. “Intervening prices only serves to shoot them up and to lead us to the Cuban model,” he points out. The PP also opposed capping mask prices during the pandemic, though its doomsday predictions never came to pass.
The Madrid president flees from defending a rise in the SMI, but she does not dare to deny it either, she proposes toughening the Minors' Law and the Penal Code and says that the first thing the PP has to do when arriving at Moncloa is legislate against the occupation.
Internally, Ayuso defends Feijóo, whom he calls a "good person". And he points out that his passage through the Community of Madrid has an expiration date, without meaning that he is going to leave politics soon: "I am aware that you have to know how to stay the necessary time because this is very sacrificed."
and there are interventions in the free market that later have more damaging effects.