The Government comes out to the conta-attack before the constant reproaches it has received in recent months from the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, whom it accuses of hiding thus hiding its management. “At this point it is evident that the president of the Community of Madrid uses the Government of Spain as a battering ram, as a political confrontation, when the call we are making permanently is for unity,” the spokeswoman, María Jesús Montero, has reproached in the press conference after the Council of Ministers in which he has repeated several times that the Executive was not going to enter a crossroads of accusations.
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“The Government is not going to feed any type of dispute, any type of confrontation, which has no other interest than to ignore its own responsibilities as some administrations do,” Montero said about Ayuso without explicitly mentioning her at the time. “It is something quite visible that some administrations are dedicated to looking the other way or pointing their finger the other way to justify their own actions,” the spokesperson replied when asked about the invitation from the community governments and the City Council to citizens to clean the streets with their own material. “It is not for me to convey what is the opinion on the management of any community or city council.”
Despite the fact that the spokeswoman has reiterated that she did not want to enter into polemics with the regional executive or the opposition, she has done so in her own initial intervention and has maintained a harsh tone against the PP and the Community of Madrid throughout the press conference . “The constant search for confrontation with the central government by the Community of Madrid does not help to solve the problems, it is not useful for the daily lives of citizens,” she said as soon as she was asked about Ayuso’s criticism of the Initial refusal of the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, to declare the region as a ‘catastrophic zone’. The Government has backed down, however, and now says that it is in the damage assessment process to see if this exceptional measure is necessary, which involves an injection of aid in the event of civil protection catastrophes.
The also Minister of Finance has felt especially bad that the president of Madrid questioned that the Government was not going to activate the declaration of a ‘catastrophic zone’ for political and not technical reasons. “The declaration of a catastrophic zone in Madrid should not be a problem for a wayward government because for other issues it spends madly,” he said in an interview on EsRadio. “It is nonsense,” exclaimed Montero, who recalled that the Government has activated a non-reimbursable fund of 16,000 million for the autonomous communities – and whose indebtedness is assumed by the General State Administration – of which the Community of Madrid has been “the most benefited “.
“His party, the PP, whenever we have brought a spending initiative around Congress, not only has he agreed but has sometimes stated that he wanted two more hard-boiled eggs. Therefore, I do not understand what he means by that expression inappropriate and unfair, “said Montero, visibly upset.
A few hours after Pablo Casado himself emphasized coordination between governments on this occasion, Montero has stressed that “the Government, as directed by the President, is focused on coordinating and supporting all administrations to share the effects of the pandemic and cold wave. “That is where I think citizens have to find us, ignoring and putting aside the partisan disputes that have nothing to do with the real situation of Spanish households,” he added.
Montero has also warned that the attitude of leaders like Ayuso when practicing “confrontation” between administrations puts citizens’ trust in politics at risk and can lead to episodes such as the assault on the Capitol, as he has expressed without mentioning it directly. . “The Government is not going to feed any type of dispute, any type of confrontation, which has no other interest than to ignore its own responsibilities as some administrations do and distancing citizens from what is the day to day of their work, causing the withdrawal of politics being aware of what this entails in terms of populism and in terms of events that we have seen in other countries and that we do not want to live in ours, “he concluded.
“It strikes me that the PP does not take note of this that citizens tell us all the opinion studies that citizens say that we have to focus on the problems of the day, that we do not have to engage in sterile discussions that do not lead to anything beyond using reproach as a defensive weapon “, Montero has warned before insisting that this is what the Ayuso Government does:” The Community of Madrid normally looks to the Government of Spain when it does not want to give explanations regarding its own management ” .