Vox launches against the PP after falling back in the polls due to the rise of Feijóo

Santiago Abascal has changed his strategy and has put the Popular Party in the spotlight in the face of the constant rise in the polls of the party led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo and the parallel decline that the far-right formation is suffering, which has failed in its attempt to enter the Executive of Andalusia. Despite the fact that Vox governs with the popular in Castilla y León, the leader of the extreme right has redoubled his criticism against the PP with an eye on the next elections in 2023, in which he seeks that his formation be decisive in governance of other important communities and municipalities.

The rivalry between the two parties is clear, although both know that they need each other if they want to prevent the left from governing. Especially after the gradual disappearance of Ciudadanos, which played a pivotal role in closing agreements and whose former electorate is the one that has given the absolute majority to the PP in Andalusia. The transfer of those votes to Vox has practically not existed and this circumstance has set off the alarms in the Abascal formation.

However, the attacks on the new leader of the PP began before the Andalusian elections. In a debate in Congress held at the end of May, in which the President of the Government appeared for the Pegasus case, Abascal snapped: “We do not understand what Mr. Feijóo is doing offering pacts to this Government. No collaborationism with this government is acceptable”. "The Spanish want alternatives, but Vox has been left alone to denounce these conspiracies," he added.

Feijóo has affirmed this weekend in an interview in El País that "in many things" it is "easier" to interact and talk with Iñigo Urkullu's PNV than with Vox because "it believes in autonomies", just like the PP but unlike the far-right party. "I respect the voters of Vox and its leaders: you will not find disqualifications against Vox here; what you will find is a call for the concentration of the reformist center-right in Spain," said the PP leader, while defending that the best electoral ally of the PSOE "is the existence of Vox".

Vox has responded by accusing the PP leader of feeling more comfortable talking to Urkullu than to Abascal because "he really doesn't want to change anything." "It is difficult to understand. They prefer to agree with the PSOE rather than with Vox but then they accuse Vox of favoring the PSOE. And they say that they understand Urkullu, with whom they do not share their vision of Spain (that of destroying it), but they do not with Vox because we want to suppress the autonomies", they have criticized from the formation.

Despite everything, the leader of the extreme right has not stopped reaching out to the Galician "so as not to give this government water." The last time was during the recent State of the Union debate, at which point he summoned her to a meeting to seek "a real alternative" and "not a simple replacement" to the Government of Sánchez. He got no response. In fact, both leaders have not yet coincided since last April 2 the Galician replaced Pablo Casado at the head of the PP. The day of the investiture of Alfonso Fernández Mañueco as president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Feijóo – anointed a few days ago as president of his party – did not attend and left all the prominence to Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

Relations between the two executive partners in that community are not easy either. In fact, they have celebrated their first 100 days of government showing their differences. Those of Juan García-Gallardo -Vice President of the Board- have made their own announcements on behalf of "the directors of Vox", have introduced the party's logo in the official promotional videos, and opt for a communication in parallel to that of the PP , as if they did not form the same government.

Fernández Mañueco has been forced to assume some of the impositions of the extreme right, such as the processing of an autonomous law of domestic violence while resisting pressure to repeal the regional law on sexist violence, which although it is still in force could run out of funding if Vox wins the pulse again. Another of the edges that the PP has run into there is the repeal of the Historical Memory Law that Vox wants to replace with another of Concord, a request that for the moment has remained unanswered, as Abascal himself reproached Feijóo in the state of the nation debate.

The last battle has focused on the energy saving measures approved by the Government. Vox presses the PP to join them and bring Sánchez's decree before the Constitutional Court, as Ayuso has warned that he will do in Madrid. García-Gallardo has already requested a meeting with Fernández Mañueco with the aim that his government does not abide by these measures, which in his opinion are a "new cacicada" of the president. In parallel, those from Abascal have uploaded a video to the TikTok social network in which they recall that the first to ask for saving measures and end "unnecessary" energy consumption was Feijóo. In an interview for El País published this Sundaythe president of the PP has said that his party is not going to disobey the measures of the decree, although he has described it as "an act of authoritarianism unbecoming of an autonomous State", "half improvisation and half swallow it".

"Let the impositions be for them", claim those of Vox, who are committed to "repealing the climate laws that prevent studying the soil and extracting the energy that allows energy sovereignty". The PP twists the gesture before that negationist speech but, in the midst of a wave of fires in Castilla y León, he lets himself be carried away so as not to tighten the rope with his government partners.

The reproaches to the PP do not stop there. They are constant. "If the PP had supported at the time our common sense measures against the government law that protects squatters, many families would have been spared this suffering," they denounced last Wednesday.

The extreme right wants to make it clear that the true and only opposition is them – only Vox remains" – and puts the PSOE and the PP in the same inkwell when it comes to blaming them for the economic situation in Spain: it accuses both of being "accomplices" by having applied "the same policies for decades". This was also denounced this week on Twitter, the preferred channel of Abascal's party to spread his proclamations: "Pedro Sánchez is just the tip of the iceberg. The problems suffered by Spaniards are a consequence of the political and economic model that the PP and PSOE have brought to Spain in recent decades and their submission to the 2030 Agenda". Plans that confront those of their 'Spain Agenda', in which that collect recipes "to advance towards the common good and leave a freer, prosperous Spain that respects our roots for future generations".

To encourage their people and show that they still have muscle, Abascal's party has already announced the celebration of the second edition of the Viva festival or, as the formation defines it, "the great political, cultural and festive event that last year concentrated more than 30,000 attendees in Madrid". It will be between Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of October, the weekend before the holiday of October 12, "Día de la Hispanidad", as they call it, although its official name is the National Holiday of Spain. The celebration will culminate with "a great political event" that will include speeches by the main leaders of Vox and other far-right formations "with which the party has international alliances." During that day they warn that "a new political document" will be presented under the slogan "Spain decides".

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