“As soon as we reach the government, we will replace the law of historical memory with a law of concord, which we have already made.” With these words, the president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, expressed himself this Monday during an act of his party’s convention on Concord, Constitution and Patriotism that took place in Ávila. The idea of the leader of the popular is, therefore, to repeal all the laws on Memory, including the Democratic Memory that the Government plans to approve tomorrow, if at some point it manages to reach Moncloa.
Casado announces that he will propose a “law of concord” to repeal the “unnecessary” law of Historical Memory
Casado has assured that this text of Concordia is a “very complete law” that addresses coexistence “positively” and that it is part of the PP’s strategy of “writing legal texts” to put them into operation as soon as it reaches the Executive. For the leader of the PP “concord is that ground on which agreements and disagreements rest”, among which he has included “the six pacts” that, according to Casado, has offered the Executive in recent years.
“Concordia is not approving a state of alarm that is a disguised state of exception,” he insisted. “Concord is to use European funds well,” he added, to then defend “structural reforms that lead to economic growth.” He has also described as “patronage, if not corruption”, the system of distribution of these funds. “Concordia is also having a more united country,” he insisted, “and proposing a constitutional reinforcement.”
In addition, the top leader of the opposition has defended “constitutional patriotism” and “the nation of free and equal citizens before the law.” And he has warned that the Government is putting “in check” the social state “by failed policies of the communist partners.”
The last November 3, Casado announced before his National Executive Committee – which brings together fifty members of the leadership of the conservative formation – that, before the end of 2020, the PP would register in the Congress of Deputies its draft Law of Concord announced by Casado himself in 2018, just a few months after winning the primaries. But eight months after launching his promise, the PP leader has parked sine die the presentation of that new norm and now he says that he will apply it when he manages to govern the country.
In Genoa, 13 months have been avoiding giving details of the content of the new regulation that in September 2018 was announced by Married to repeal the “irresponsible and unnecessary” law of Historical Memory. “In the Transition there was neither hiding, nor submission, nor fear. There was moral greatness, a sense of history, reconciliation and harmony,” the PP leader said then, who considered, with arguments very similar to those of Vox, that the The current memory regulations involved “the sectarian rewriting of history that throws a grudge against Spanish society.”
The fight against “institutional degradation”
“What is called the law of Concord is to understand each other. In the end, neither memory nor concord can be regulated,” he added later in a interview on EsRadio with Federico Jiménez Losantos, to explain that what the PP seeks is to create a “compendium that touches on education, public space and this type of issue”, alluding to the regulation of symbols such as flags.
In Casado’s opinion, there was no need for a Historical Memory Law to “do something that was already being recognized”, such as aid to the victims of the Franco regime, because it was done with the Transition. “The estimate we make is that since there is democracy in Spain, 16,000 million euros in funds have been granted to those retaliated by the Franco regime, pensions for Army officers have been rehabilitated and widowhood pensions have been recognized,” insists the leader of the PP.
“The greatness of the Spanish Transition in which communists and those who came from the previous regime shook hands to look to the future, also included those budgets and aid to search for the remains of relatives,” he added. “We prefer to make positive policies. The Historical Memory law is not good,” they emphasize over and over again from the popular leadership.
For the PP, a Law of Concord also makes sense due to the “institutional degradation” that in its opinion is being perpetrated by the progressive government, which it accuses of “attacking” the monarchy or the Judiciary or of wanting to establish a new “dictatorship” in Spain. Likewise, Casado’s management considers itself “rooted” in “the best history of Spain, which is not a story of fears, or grudges, or leaps into the past, but of encounters, freedom, institutions, progress, of shared tasks and pride “, points Génova 13, to try to differentiate itself from the extreme right of Vox, thanks to which it governs in communities and municipalities.