“Everyone knows that we are in a parliamentary monarchy and that the role of the king is valued.” With these words, the spokesperson of the Popular Party in the Congress of Deputies, Cuca Gamarra, has expressed this Monday, an identical phrase to the one that the party’s Deputy Secretary for Communication, Pablo Montesinos, has also repeated first thing in the morning. These popular leaders of the leadership of Pablo Casado were forced to correct the statements made on Sunday by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, about the monarch. The Madrilenian managed to grab the media attention before the protest in Colón against the pardons for the procés prisoners, assuring that if the Government approves these pardons, it would be turning the king into an “accomplice”, who must endorse all the Executive’s agreements.
The lies of the right in Columbus
“What is the King of Spain going to do from now on? Is he going to sign these pardons? Are they going to make him an accessory to that?” Ayuso wondered on Sunday at the gates of Genoa 13, a meeting point for the ‘popular’ before joining the Columbus protest. This message dislodged Casado’s leadership, considering that Ayuso went further than ever questioning the role of the monarch, despite the fact that similar messages have also been launched from the PP leadership in recent weeks, assuring that it would be “nonsense “That the Government made the king sign the pardons.
This Monday Gamarra has expressly avoided scolding the words that Ayuso spoke. In an interview on TVE, the popular spokesperson has been asked up to three times about these statements and has limited herself to stating three times that “the important thing” now is the granting of pardons for which “the only person responsible” is, in his opinion, Pedro Sánchez. Only at the end, Gamarra wanted to make it clear that “the role of the king is valued”, alluding to the fact that the monarch must endorse all government agreements, including pardons.
Montesinos, for his part, has stated in Cadena Ser that “the king has assessed his role in the Spanish Constitution, which he is exercising in an exemplary way.” “The problem”, in his opinion, “is that Pedro Sánchez has decided to push the institutions to the limit by staying two more years in La Moncloa.”
In another interview, the national spokesman of the PP and mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has considered that “the debate is not the role of the king, but whether the pardons proceed.” “The king will fulfill his constitutional role, he will do what he has always done impeccably,” he said on Antena 3. In his opinion, “Ayuso what he wanted to reflect is that outrage” at “the use that is being made of the institutions “. “We are facing a government that has become accustomed to a partisan use of institutions. What if Ayuso should rectify or clarify? I think that who should rectify is the Prime Minister,” he has settled.
Casado’s address he’s been trying to get the monarch involved for weeks although for now never in public, only in different informal conversations with journalists in which they assure that it would be “disloyalty” and “nonsense” on the part of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, for him to make the king sign a measure of grace for those convicted of the procés independence.
The idea of the leader of the PP is to present from now on the PSOE as a kind of anti-system party for granting pardons against the criteria of the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor’s Office and the State Attorney and for having them sign the king who, two days after the independence referendum On October 1, he delivered a controversial speech against the independence struggle, which was not understood in Catalonia even by the so-called constitutionalist parties. “It cannot be that the Government makes the King of Spain sign this,” they have been holding from the leadership of the PP in recent weeks.
Colon, dominated by Vox
This attempt to involve the king in the pardon debate comes before what happened this Sunday in Madrid, where the PP lost the hegemony that it held for weeks in the last great battle of the three rights to try to bring down the progressive government: the fight against the imminent pardons that the Executive will grant to the prisoners of the procés. The protest that took place in the Plaza de Colón Madrid – much less numerous than that of the well-known photo of Colón from 2019 -, in which PP, Vox and Ciudadanos coincided again, was clearly dominated by the extreme right.
This was evidenced, for example, in the fact that the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, was the only political leader who stood at the center of the protest – which was attended by 25,000 people according to the Government Delegation and 126,000, according to the Madrid Local Police–, right next to the stage, while Pablo Casado and Inés Arrimadas did not even go up to the top of the square and stayed in its vicinity.
The hegemony of the extreme right was also reflected in the fact that the leaders of PP and Ciudadanos were booed and accused of “traitors” by different groups of attendees. Or in that the best-known faces that walked through the first line of the protest taking photos with the public were Abascal himself, the PP deputy Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo – located on the far right of the party and away from the direction of Casado – and agitators close to Vox, such as Javier Negre, all of whom were applauded in unison by the protesters