“The PP carries the tax cut in its DNA. And works"

Manuel Domínguez, Elías Bendodo and Astrid Pérez, yesterday in Arrecife de Lanzarote. / CARRASCO

The number two of the national PP trusts that Manuel Domínguez will be the next president of the Canary Islands

Francisco Suarez Alamo

The general coordinator of the PP yesterday opened the course of his party with an act in Lanzarote. Bendodo (Málaga, 1974) highlighted the potential of the PP led by Manuel Domínguez on the islands.

- All analyzes agree that autumn and winter are marked by economic uncertainties. Faced with such a complex situation, what is wrong so that there is no consensus between the two main parties in Spain?

- Sánchez's weak support fails, because he has entrusted his future to the Catalan independence movement, to the heirs of ETA and to Podemos. Those three, who are the ones in charge in Spain, have absolutely prohibited Sánchez from sitting down with the PP, and that prevents there from being state agreements. The PP, as a state party, is willing to reach agreements with the PSOE, but the PSOE does not want to, or rather they do not allow it.

- Between Moncloa and Ferraz they have designed a tour of Spain for Sánchez to get closer to citizens. Does the PP plan to 'counterprogram' that strategy? It worries them? Or do you think Sánchez is already late?

- The PSOE has to realize that, apart from an official Spain, that of the Falcon and the carpet, there is a real Spain, the one that suffers more than 10% inflation and that has a very complicated return to school now in September. Sánchez has now decided to go out into the street, something that he has not done so far, and that is going to mean a bath of reality. In Seville he has been booed in the streets, because his policies have been against the majority of Spaniards and that is the reality. He is late and he can't get the street back.

- You come from an autonomy that knows what irregular immigration is. And it is in Lanzarote, which this summer has experienced episodes of migratory upswing. What is your party's recipe for this phenomenon?

- The diplomatic policy of our country has to be redirected and that obviously includes relations with the countries from which the main immigration pockets come. Right now Spain has an erratic diplomatic policy. From the PP we will recover that dialogue with the countries that send emigrants to contain the flows. In any case, as a first measure, the reactivation of Sive, which the Government of Mariano Rajoy unblocked to launch it in Lanzarote and the Government of Sánchez has been unable to make it possible. That is the first thing to activate, to, above all, not let the mafias dedicated to transporting people proliferate.

- In this context of economic slowdown and who knows if crisis, is it time for tax cuts? At the state level and also in the autonomous communities?

- Definitely. The PP has lower taxes in its DNA and it has been demonstrated in the communities where we govern, and in the Canary Islands in the councils and municipalities where we govern. It is shown that lowering taxes reactivates the economy, you even collect more for public services, and it is the model that we apply, for example, in Andalusia and Madrid. And it works, however, the Sánchez government has raised taxes on Spaniards 26 times. The Government of Spain wants to compare itself with Germany, but there is no point of comparison: there taxes have been lowered by 10,000 million euros, while here they have been raised 26 times.

- In this autonomous Spain, is it time to put country models or increasingly decentralized models on the table?

- The PP has the obligation to elect the best candidates in each territory, those who most identify with the reality of the territory. In the Canary Islands we have been lucky enough to find Manuel Domínguez, who knows perfectly the reality of the islands, who comes from a mayor's office, and that is the success of the PP: to get profiles that adapt to each territory. The PP has a project for Spain, a common Spain, but being aware of the diversity that each autonomous community has. That must be valued because that enriches the country, not impoverishes it.

- Is this PP organically more autonomous than in previous stages? At least those who are in the main organic positions come from the autonomous world.

- Yes, President Feijóo comes from presiding over Galicia, I come from four years of government in Andalusia... we believe in constitutional autonomy that serves to further enrich the unity of our country. That I think is positive.


- You participated in the success of the Andalusian PP. With an eye on the May 2023 elections, what is the key to success: the candidate, the speech, the strategy or that the other parties made it very easy for them?

- To build an alternative you have to have unity in the party, enthusiasm and be prepared. Manolo Domínguez brings together the three circumstances in the Canary Islands: he has a project, he has a team, he has leadership and he has ideas. I am convinced that in 2023 the great news of a change of government will give us in the Canary Islands, with a president of the PP in the figure of Manolo Domínguez. I believe that the Canary Islands deserve a better government; the canaries are better than the government they have right now. The socialist president of all the communities who most resembles Pedro Sánchez is President Torres, because he is a permanent 'yes bwana' to Sánchez's policies. Not a single socialist has yet come out to ask for explanations as to why transport is 100% subsidized in the rest of the country and 50% in the Canary Islands. Are the canaries some second class Spaniards? That is what cannot be.

- In May 2023, when the results are known in autonomies and municipalities, will regional, island and local organizations have autonomy for agreements or should they call Genoa?

- We trust in the territories, in the capacity of each territory. Although we are in constant contact, the team led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo trusts each territory.

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