Interview with Miguel Tellado
Vice-secretary of territorial organization of the PP
Genoa does the rest in the face of the May elections and in this work does not spare criticism of the governments of Spain and the Canary Islands. On the abortion controversy, she says that "Vox was wrong"
-You have accused the Canarian president, Ángel Víctor Torres, of being a puppet of Pedro Sánchez. The criticism is quite extreme
-It is something that is happening in many communities governed by the PSOE. They have abandoned the defense of their citizens to become Sánchez's delegates. They are not militants in the Socialist Party, but in the 'sanchista' party and they are the voice of their master, they do and say what Sánchez tells them to do. It especially bothers me that socialist presidents are against what Sánchez is doing and keep quiet. They don't do it because whoever disagrees has a short way to go and they fold. This is the case of Torres, he is a puppet of Madrid, his delegate, and not the representative of the canaries.
-His management is one of the most valued among the regional presidents
-I find it hard to believe that he is one of the most valued presidents with the poverty rates that the Canary Islands have or the high percentage of minors at risk of exclusion. The Canary Islands need a president who gives voice to his demands and that president cannot be Torres, because he has shown that he is submissive to Sánchez and does not want to create problems for him. The Canary Islands need a president who understands that the canaries are his boss and defends his community in the State. Torres has gotten used to believing that the Canaries are second-rate Spaniards, as Pedro Sánchez claims, who is obsessed with attending to the Catalan and Basque independence movements.
"Torres is a puppet of Sánchez, not the representative of the citizens of the Canary Islands"
- Manuel Domínguez has made a profound renovation in the regional and local candidacy on the islands. Are you worried that the electorate will not recognize itself in this new PP?
-Our objective is to represent the society we want to serve, and therefore, renewal must take place, both in teams and in candidacies. Hand in hand with Manolo Domínguez, the party will once again be relevant on the Canarian political scene and therefore, the bet it has made is a winner and its great value is the municipal experience. Politics, if we want to be a useful party again and one that reconnects with society, must have that municipalist sensitivity, connect with the real problems of real society. That is where the Government of Torres has made a mistake, which is unaware of the social reality of the Canary Islands. Instead, Domínguez has a speech very close to the street.
-The PP reiterates that it comes out to win in May. In the Canary Islands, its 'natural' partner is Coalición Canaria. Were you surprised by the rapprochement in Congress between the nationalists and the PSOE? Does this relationship reduce the possibilities of the PP?
I think we have options for everything. There are four months left for the elections and the electoral context is fully open. As for the pact policy, it is up to the regional management to define it. It will be Domínguez, once the canaries vote, who will say how a parliamentary majority can be configured to make that change that we yearn for possible. He will define how, with whom and on what terms. Having said that, and when the ball has not gone onto the field of play, we legitimately aspire to govern and do it alone. We are not going to be anyone's crutch or a hinge party. Our offer is to give political stability to the Canary Islands leading a new government.
-But once you have voted, the numbers rule
- Let the canaries speak and then he will say the regional leadership with whom to establish alliances. A priori we go for all. We want to win and govern by our own means.
«The PSOE led the Popular Party of Castilla y León to agree with Vox»
- Has the PP been wrong in the controversy over abortion in Castilla y León? Have they given oxygen to the PSOE?
-Vox has been wrong with some statements that should never have been produced but that unfortunately did exist. President Mañueco has been very responsible, clarifying that the care protocol for pregnant women is not going to be modified and the current legislation regarding the termination of pregnancy will be respected. In any case, this episode has been used in a scandalous way by a PSOE that has tremendously damaged its credibility in its commitment to defend women. He has used this issue as a smokescreen to cover up the government's absolute incompetence in the 'only yes is yes' law. The most serious thing is not the mistake, but persisting in the mistake and not correcting such an unfortunate situation.
-The thing about persisting in the error can also be applied to the PP in its relationship with Vox, because after all, you preside over the Government of Castilla y León.
-We must remember that if we govern with Vox in Castilla y León it is because the PSOE has not allowed whoever won the elections to govern without the need for an agreement. The Socialist Party led the PP in this community to agree with Vox. Secondly, the PSOE - which governs Spain thanks to Bildu and Esquerra - is not entitled to question any pact with a fully democratic party like Vox.
-How much does the disaster of Ciudadanos benefit the PP?
-In recent months, the public has realized that the more we divide the center-right vote, the more Pedro Sánchez benefits. Therefore, to oust him you have to concentrate the vote and the PP is the only real alternative. We calculate that between 500,000 and 600,000 socialist voters are abandoning Sánchez's politics and are leaning towards Feijóo, whose project involves ending the politics of confrontation, of polarization and betting on a more sensible and more moderate policy.
-It is not going very well for them to flee from the confrontation
-We have the most radical government in the history of our country. The first coalition in Spain that relies on parties that do not believe in Spain and today's Pedro Sánchez has made a real motion of no confidence against Pedro Sánchez of 2018.