The word “barony”, as a reflection of territorial political power, has been one of those that has marked the campaign of the primary in Citizens (Cs), to the point that it has been one of the plot lines of the winner of the vote, Inés Arrimadas, to counteract the decentralization proposal of Francisco Igea, critical in turn with the “viceroys” he sees in the official model.
This defeat will not change the critical spirit of Igea (Valladolid, 1964). At least it is what has advanced his followers in recent days: “Bad news for the public, I will continue to be Francisco Igea”, that specialist in the digestive system that is defined in his Twitter profile as “fondón cyclist and believer full of doubts. “
That vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León who did not hesitate when a year ago made the decision to measure himself to the ‘apparatus’ of Albert Rivera, who had decided that the former director of the PP Silvia Clemente was the right candidate for Cs in that autonomous community.
He challenged and won. He did it with intrigue, since initially he even recognized a tight defeat, which became a few hours in victory for him and in one of the most committed moments in the short history of Citizens, uncovering irregularities that are still investigating today The courts
Now he challenged Rivera’s ‘heiress’ and lost. But the result, less bulky than the candidacy of Arrimadas presumed and Cs’s own provisional address, has served to demonstrate one of his obsessions: “We weren’t seven ‘chalaos'”.
It refers to the moment in which together with other members of the Executive, including Luis Garicano and Toni Roldán, they challenged the criteria set by Rivera after the first general elections of 2019, when they achieved 57 deputies.
Going from 57 to 10 only a few months later has led Igea to feel that those “chalaos” were right and that Cs should have offered the PSOE a center and liberal alternative that would have saved elections and the subsequent pact with independence and populist parties .
He has it so internalized that it is difficult to think that the defeat against Arrimadas extinguishes his voice. Whether or not a ‘baron’ of Citizens from his powerful vice-presidency and spokesman in the Junta de Castilla y León, Igea will continue to say what he thinks about the operation of his party, now with the feeling that he is followed by “more than seven ‘chalaos ‘”and so he strives to emphasize that the unanimity around the leader in Cs is not real.
“Yes, we want to be barons … I am, in fact,” Igea joked in one of the last acts of the campaign, playing with the meaning of “baron” with “male” by v, after acknowledging that he was “very lazy” in the discussion he had tried to introduce Arrimadas to discredit him, to the point that he compared him with the Catalan socialist Miquel Iceta, with Puigdemont or with “Lucifer himself.”
Now the key can be in the tone that Igea uses to comment on what Arrimadas does. And that’s where another of the words of these Citizens’ primaries comes into play: “disloyalty.” It is key because the tone that Igea uses to talk about the behavior of the new leader of his party will open or not the door to which the leadership of Cs can even even expel him from the formation.
In the Statutes that will leave the General Assembly of Cs next weekend the possibility of such expulsion is enshrined for serious offense against the militants who utter positions contrary to the thesis of the party, if the management considers that it does so “unfairly” “.
“Loyalty is not submission, that is to say the truth,” Igea emphasizes whenever he has occasion, convinced that loyalty to a party is exemplified by this position: “I do not agree with what my party says, but I am going to stay”.
And another quote from the last days of Igea to glimpse what is coming: “Never let anyone treat you with condescension, give you a pat on the shoulder (like the one he received from Arrimadas) and treat you as if you were inferior, neither me, nor Ines, nor anyone. “
Yes, it seems that Igea will remain male and baron.
Óscar R. Window