Two days after the Andalusian elections of June 19, which gave for the first time the absolute majority to the PP, the Government has been erased, as much as possible, from the control session in the Senate. Unlike what usually happens, only the ministers directly questioned by the rest of the groups have gone to the Upper House. And not even all of them. The head of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, has delegated a question on budget execution precisely in Andalusia to her Transport partner, Raquel Sánchez. Those who have gone have passed like a flash before the journalists, without stopping at the usual huddles, which this Tuesday have led the exultant representatives of the PP. All? No. His leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has also avoided the media.
Feijóo defends before the PP "the new policy" of "consensus" and away from "ideologies" that Moreno represents
The session came a little decaffeinated beforehand due to the absence of Pedro Sánchez. Unlike what happens in Congress, where there are usually three plenary sessions with a control session per month, in the Senate there are only two, and the Prime Minister attends only one of them. Sánchez attended on June 7, the day on which the the first face to face with Feijoo.
Two weeks later, the political situation in Spain has changed, and a lot. So much so that Sánchez has decided to call a Extraordinary Council of Ministers on Saturday to approve a royal decree law that prolongs the anti-crisis measures. A measure that was already discounted and announced, but that has been scheduled for a Saturday.
The "shock”, as the senator of Adelante Andalucía Pilar González has described in her question on budget execution, is still tough. Raquel Sánchez has pulled arguments to respond, what is called covering the file, with slips included: she has confused Catalonia with Andalusia at the beginning of her intervention. The senator has not forgiven him in the reply.
Nor has any of the ministers of United We Can attended the plenary session, who this Tuesday did not have any questions planned by the senators. With no obligation to attend, there were few incentives. In addition, the terms of the anti-crisis decree, which has not yet been finalized, must be negotiated before Saturday.
Those who have elaborated have been the representatives of the PP. Rafael Hernando and Fernando Martínez Maíllo, among others. But the one who has been loved the most has been Javier Arenas, who in 2012 obtained the best result of his match in Andalusia. Until Sunday. "It had been eight years since I'd seen myself like this," he joked, surrounded by a large group of journalists who were looking for a headline to put in their mouths.
Nothing is further from reality. The PP is still in celebration mode, as explained graphically by the former Minister of Labor and spokesman with José María Aznar. What the current senator has explained is that the differences with a decade ago go far beyond the two percentage points with which Moreno has surpassed him and the eight deputies that they have meant. In 2012, the PP represented the entire right and obtained 41%. 10 years later, the sum of PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, despite being extra-parliamentary, It far exceeds 60% of the votes cast.
The example contrary to Arenas has starred Susana Díaz. The former Andalusian president, who won the elections in 2018 but was unseated by a PP-Ciudadanos-Vox pact, has refused to do any type of analysis. “Whatever you say, it will be a headline”, she has excused herself. "I'm not going to fall into the trap," he added, explaining that he doesn't want to repeat what they did to her when he lost San Telmo. Like a pediment, she has returned all questions about 19J with similar answers. She has only recognized that on the night from Sunday to Monday she hardly slept because of the discomfort
Minutes before, Díaz crossed paths with Alberto Núñez Feijóo in the corridor that connects the Plenary Hall with the offices. She was speaking on the phone when the president of the PP was leaving the plenary session and was trying, successfully, to escape from the journalists, just as she had done when she entered. Smiles and monosyllables as all answers. Neither the resignation of Mónica Oltra, which the PP has so earnestly requested, or the extraordinary call of the Council of Ministers have motivated him to offer a statement.
“Man, hello!”, Feijóo told Díaz while they briefly greeted each other. And that's it.
The message that the national leadership of the PP wanted to give today had already been given in the morning. Feijóo and Sunday's hero, Juan Manuel Moreno, have offered two speeches before the National Board of Directors, the highest body of the PP between congresses that has applauded both. The Galician manager and his team are learning that any statement he makes can be used against him. They have the calendar on their side: this week's is the last plenary session in the Senate until September.