"Political parties, like unions, have to criticize themselves. They continue to treat citizens as if they were minors. They have to criticize themselves not only because of membership rates, they have intense levels of improvement. They have to modernize, respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Good politics is not partisanship, it is improving people's lives". The Second Vice President and Minister of Labour, Yolanda Díaz, tried with these words, pronounced last week before an important part of Madrid's business community and unionism, to distance herself from the parties. She also with those who, such as Podemos, En Comú Podem, IU or Alianza Verde, consider her her candidate for the next general elections scheduled for the end of 2023, although she still does not confirm that she will appear.
Diaz He does not want guardianship or conditions of those groups when configuring his political project. The construction of this space that aims to bring together everyone who is to the left of the PSOE, but also other more transversal sensitivities, is about to start, as confirmed to elDiario.es from the vice president's environment. The first step will be the repeated "listening process"a series of meetings that Díaz wants to hold with social groups, unions and other citizen platforms to configure his project "from below", giving all "prominence to the citizenry".
Listening will begin in the coming weeks, after the elections in Andalusia, how has this monday progressed at a press conference. It will last for approximately six months and the now vice president wants to confirm her decision to be a candidate before the end of the year. But as the process begins, Díaz is already multiplying her own agenda, apart from the parties that make up United We Can and with full autonomy within the Government, where she coordinates all the ministries of the confederal space.
Last week it was especially striking the informative breakfast organized by the Europa Press agency that Díaz starred in on Wednesday in a Madrid hotel. The act was unique given that the vice president, who is a member of the Communist Party, was supported by a good number of businessmen from Madrid, as well as union leaders and social leaders. Also because, for the first time, the also Minister of Labor made the event coincide with the publication of unemployment data for the first quarterwho were very positive, and who met just a minute before his conference began before an audience of about 200 people.
As a letter of introduction to that business power that gathered at breakfast, Díaz boasted of those figures that reflected the impact of the entry into force of the labor reform that she promoted from the Government. The number of jobs created in the first quarter, 3,022,000, had not occurred in the last 14 years. But, above all, the data showed that indefinite contracts have multiplied, which in that period were almost one of every two jobs. “In the first 100 days [desde la aprobación de la reforma laboral] Spain must be told that there is a good policy, the one that serves to change people's lives from the small, that does not make noise, does not frighten with insults and wrongdoing. That sews, adds and makes people happy, "he remarked.
Another aspect to highlight is that Díaz was supported by the spokespersons for Más Madrid in the Community and in the City Council of the capital, Mónica García and Rita Maestre, respectively. The Minister of Consumption and General Coordinator of IU, Alberto Garzón, the Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda and Secretary General of the PCE, Enrique Santiago, or the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños (PSOE), also attended.
The presence of Podemos was, however, low profile. The party's co-spokeswoman Alejandra Jacinto and deputy Txema Guijarro attended. All this after in recent months show the differences between Díaz and the leadership of Podemos on the government's strategy regarding the war in Ukraine and, in the last week, regarding the espionage scandal with the Pegasus system. The vice president advocates investigating and seeking explanations for what happened before demanding resignations. From Podemos, both the Minister of Social Rights and leader of the party, Ione Belarra, and the spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique, have already called for dismissals pointing directly to the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, also after the appearance of the director of the CNI, Paz Estebanin the Lower House, which on Thursday did not satisfy either Podemos or the government partners.
Díaz also conducted a round of interviews last week on different televisions or platforms. On Tuesday she participated in a podcast starring young people called Future Generation, on PlayGround. A day later, she went to the program El Objective de La Sexta, where she was interviewed by Ana Pastor. And on Thursday she continued the television tour on Telecinco, with an interview on El Programa de Ana Rosa.
That Díaz is already trying to act as leader of the confederal space, with acts that she herself stars in, was also verified last Thursday, during his visit to the April Fair in Seville, and in the complex negotiations carried out by the forces to the left of the PSOE to form a common front for the June elections. The vice president's team then celebrated that Díaz achieved "the only unity photo so far" of all those parties: Podemos, IU, Más País, Equo, Andalusian People's Initiative and Green Alliance. In addition, the also Minister of Labor was concerned about being seen holding the arm of Inmaculada Nieto (IU), the candidate for the Presidency of the Board of that space, which was not initially viewed favorably by Podemos.
the deal to participate in the coalition for Andalusia The Andalusian elections on June 19 were reached around midnight on Friday, so in extremis that the formations did not manage for a few minutes to present the candidacy that included Podemos and Alianza Verde on time. The Electoral Board of Andalusia has rejected this Monday the appeal presented by the parties and, in the absence of an eventual appeal before the Central Electoral Board, the platforms will have to agree on a formula that guarantees the weight that Podemos had claimed within the coalition and that was enshrined in the political agreement at the last minute. In an interview this Monday on Cadena SERNieto has shown his predisposition for this to happen: "Since there is a political agreement and there is the will of all the parties to comply with it, there will be deputies from Podemos in the 'For Andalusia' coalition".
Despite the bureaucratic mess and the fact that during the negotiation multiple differences were evident between the party led by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, and the rest of the confederal space, all parties recognize that it was Yolanda Díaz's team that, faced with a possible failure, he decided to take the reins of the negotiation at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, when there was barely an hour left before the deadline for registering coalitions.
What happened in Andalusia, beyond the difficulties, paves the way for the second vice president's project. His team points out that it is an "important first step" for the configuration of his candidacy for the general elections, for getting them to present themselves "all together": Podemos, IU and Más País, in addition to the other three forces with less representative weight. But sources from the second vice-presidency point out that, facing the general elections, their aim is to form a "much broader" and "transversal" space in which the parties do not have as much prominence, as has happened in the Andalusian negotiation, but rather everything pivots on "listening" to citizens and different social organizations.
Díaz intends to make it clear that what he plans as his political project is something new, that it has nothing to do with the current party structure, and that he will also seek to endorse it with a kind of primaries open to citizens. Like this it has ratified this Monday in a press conference in which he recognized that the agreement reached in Andalusia is "important" but is separate from his listening process.
"What has happened in Andalusia is important, because many political formations that would have been impossible for them to look at each other face to face have looked at each other. But this is completely detached from the listening process in which the protagonist is going to be the citizen," he said. In addition, he has sent a message about the difficulties experienced in the negotiations that have prevented meeting the deadlines: "I do not know the administrative procedures and it is not up to me but to my Andalusian colleagues. I am going to respect it by saying only one thing: these things are those that alienate citizens from political parties". And he has insisted: "The political parties will have to be a part if they so wish, but they are not the being."
His proposal is as follows: "I dream of a country that allows us not to be remembered when we govern. I am going to work for a diverse country, in which I feel comfortable being Galician. I dream of a country that is multicultural and multilingual. This It is the real Spain, a country that has sexual diversity of all kinds, that takes human rights and peace seriously, that tells young people that they can come back, that says that they can show off in the world of research and that has services worthy publics. I don't want policies that confront and divide. I think dialogue works, I'm willing to dialogue, I'm not pure. I'm not afraid to talk to someone who doesn't think like me. I want to take care of the world with useful policies in that new country , kind, fraternal, diverse, plural".