"The constitutionalist inhibition has been too evident. And territory that you leave free, territory that they come to occupy." With these words, the former president of the Government José María Aznar explained on Tuesday the division of the center-right into three parties - PP, Vox and Ciudadanos -, which in his opinion was fostered during the mandate of his successor at the head of the PP Mariano Rajoy, before the pro-independence pulses in Catalonia and the "polarization" of Spanish politics.
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In the opinion of the ex-president, who has starred in a new conference of the Leadership Classroom of the Atlantic Institute of Government, since he left Moncloa, "as of 2004", "exclusive policies" and "guerracivilistas" were promoted by the PSOE . For this reason, he considers that it is necessary to look for "meeting points" between the center-right and the center-left, although his theory is that democracy and a free and open economy must be "defended against the populisms of the left and right.
Aznar has launched several direct messages to the current leader of the PP, Pablo Casado. In the first place, he has considered that "the center right in Spain, if it wants to win the elections, it must be united, and if it is not united, it will not win the elections. To do this, he said, the PP "has to look for elements of definition because societies have changed a lot." "I believe in the possible politics, not in the impossible. The perfect politics does not exist. There is a possible Spain, today there is a possible and desirable Spain that is undoubtedly better than the one we have. We have to try to build it. It will be very difficult for us to do so. Let us build without the existence of common objectives ", he added, to also defend a hypothetical great coalition between socialists and popular.
For the former president, "the main party of the center-right must become an extraordinary focus of attraction, a magnet that attracts voters from the other center-right parties." And "in politics the incentives are called will, generosity and objectives." "I'm not going to tell the PP what to do, but if you say clearly what you want to do and what you are going to do today, even with all the communication difficulties, there would be a majority of Spaniards who would understand it," he said. added. However, Aznar has demanded from Casado "an identifiable project for the majority of Spaniards." "You have to propose a very clear project and speak very clearly to the Spanish," he added.
No mention of Rato and Bárcenas
Asked if he considers that the current one is the worst moment for his party, the PP, which since Casado presides over it has not stopped accumulating electoral defeats, Aznar has avoided giving a clear answer although he has assured the following, trying to ironize about the situation of his political training and his football team: "I have two cards in my life, one from the PP and the other from Real Madrid, and both are in room for improvement."
Aznar has vindicated his governments, without mentioning one of his main collaborators, the former vice president and former president of the IMF, Rodrigo Rato, convicted of corruption and on whom new accusations weigh. Nor has he mentioned Luis Bárcenas, the former Treasurer of the PP who kept the party's accounts when the current president of FAES was its top leader and that this Tuesday he gave new details about the illegal financing of the conservative formation.
In the conference that he has shared with several journalists, Aznar has limited himself to assuring that talking about the policies that he put in place against unemployment seems to him "an exercise in intelligent reflection." "I try to be a good Spaniard and a good liberal," he stressed, before acknowledging that "it is assumed that in the exercise of government there are successes and errors, lights and shadows." However, for him, his years in Moncloa "were a very important leap forward from Spain, both from an economic and social point of view for the Spanish and from the influence of Spain."