Sánchez exhibits his most progressive speech and challenges the economic powers to overcome the polls

Pedro Sánchez has taken off his tie and his voice without corsets sounds different. The President of the Government made this Friday a balance of the last political semester and exhibited a speech that seemed to consolidate the turn to the left that was requested of him by his partner, United We Can, and his parliamentary allies.

After the changes that he undertook in the leadership of the PSOE last weekend, Sánchez has deployed a strategy in which the Government’s action seeks a fair and equitable distribution of the costs of inflation that is complemented and reinforced with one of the speeches most progressive that the president is reminded of.

Some of his opponents blame the leader of the Executive for the habit of lurching in his policies and stories that end up questioning the possibility of having a fixed course and a clear political roadmap. Just a month ago, Sánchez was the proud host of a NATO summit that painted the landscape of a world in conflict, pointed to its enemies and called on its members to increase military spending in their respective budgets.

All this just a few days after the president described as “well resolved” the police operation at the Melilla fence in which dozens of people died trying to cross the border between Spain and Morocco. Its partners set off the alarms, charged against the PSOE and warned that endorsing the policies and frameworks of the right only gives votes to the right.

weeks later, Sánchez staged during the debate on the state of the nation a change in which he was willing to go further when it comes to increasing fiscal and social justice in an economic situation that seems complicated due to inflation and the impact of the war in Ukraine.

This change is now consolidated and bears fruit in two taxes that are levied on the business margin of large electricity companies and financial entities (two sectors that are obtaining significant benefits as a result, precisely, of an economic context in which small companies and families lose purchasing power) in the political, and in a warning to navigators to the great powers in the discursive.

‘They bark, then we ride’

“We are going to continue approving measures to protect the most vulnerable, even if doing so makes it uncomfortable for some powers,” assured the Prime Minister, referring to these two taxes and the package of measures that the Council of Ministers will approve next week to continue lowering the electricity bill and to deal with the runaway increase in prices.

It is not the first time (although it is not the most common either) that the leader of the Executive speaks of “powers” that become obfuscated when legislating to distribute costs or wealth in times of crisis. But this time it was different.

Sánchez not only spoke of “powers” with no known affiliation that would act in the shadows and whose road map and functionality would seem inscrutable and invisible to the eye of ordinary mortals; on this occasion he put on the table, from the Tapestry Room of La Moncloa (where the abdication of Juan Carlos I or the death of Adolfo Suárez was announced), two surnames that put a face to the two sectors that the Government demands , law in hand, that they “put their shoulders to the wheel a little more” and give up part of their benefits: Ignacio Sanchez GalanChairman of Iberdrola, and Ana Patricia Botinpresident of Banco Santander.

Emulating the expression “they bark, then we ride”, the president assured: “I have listened to Mrs. Botín and Mr. Galán; if they protest, we are going in the right direction. They are the same ones who said that by raising the minimum wage we were going to destroy jobs.”

Another discursive change in a president who at some moments of the legislature did not seem to be entirely clear that the rise in the SMI would not cause the destruction of jobs (a hypothesis whose refutation earned economist David Card a Nobel Prize in 2021), since it allowed its freezing at the end of 2020 under the premise of an economic context marked by the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sánchez: “We are going to work to turn the polls around”

The reasons for this decisive commitment to a progressive discourse that complements the Government’s intention to distribute the costs of inflation are surely many and different, but the fall of the PSOE and the stagnation of United We Can in the pollsand the poor electoral results of both formations in Castilla y León and Andalusia, stand out from the rest.

The president himself responded from La Moncloa to a question about the polls: “Let’s work to turn those polls aroundnot falling into the catastrophism of the right and the extreme right, but not falling into euphoria either,” he assured.

The leader of the Executive has taken off his tie and has asked the ministers of his Government to follow his example to get rid of the heat a little more and thus save energy in official buildings. We will see if, like Sánchez, removing the lump in the throat of the ties that bridle the voice and impose the protocol makes the socialist ministers (in those of United We Can it is not something exceptional) also follow the “bark, then we ride” with the surname of some ‘powerful’ who finds it difficult to “grow their shoulders”.

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Sánchez exhibits his most progressive speech and challenges the economic powers to overcome the polls