Ignacio Camacho: The red telephone



None of the calls that Sánchez made over the weekend in Moncloa, immortalized or dramatized in a photo that the ghost of Iván Redondo must have taken, was to contact the head of the opposition who had publicly expressed his support for him. The president has reached a point of paradoxical sectarianism in which he feels much more uncomfortable backed by the PP than unauthorized by his partners. De Casado is interested in voting for the labor reform, but he wants to manage the Ukraine crisis only by posing as a character from a television series sitting before a symbolic ‘red telephone’. The reality, however, is stubborn: its willingness to assume the commitment to NATO – we’ll see

if until the last consequences – does not have the approval of the nationalists or the extreme left or any of the forces with which it governs. For now, this inconsistency can be allowed because he trusts that the conflict will be resolved without military confrontation, but as the situation turns ugly, it will be necessary to see how he faces the banners of ‘no war’.

The power coalition has approached the matter as a drill, a distribution of roles that stages discrepancies without putting the pact at risk. The Socialists comply with the Atlantic allies by sending a ship to the area and Podemos stands out with its anti-American reflection, a sustainable ten-con-ten as long as international tension remains diplomatic. Another thing will be in the event that Russia invades Ukrainian territory and the panorama changes when the first cannon is fired. That scenario, which is plausible, will require decisions of another rank, the kind of responsibility in which the role of commander in chief does not admit theater. When there are lives at stake and soldiers waiting for orders from the command, the imposed graphic montages are of little use.

Until that happens, hopefully not, the two factions of the Executive have room to interpret a disagreement and Sánchez can afford to disregard the consensus. With a certain cost, that of public evidence that there are people in his government who cannot be counted on for a serious problem. But he already knew that, and he verbalized it, before agreeing with them without seeming to have had any difficulty falling asleep afterwards. The difference is that now it is the Spaniards who perceive this lack of reliability and the disturbing feeling that the Council of Ministers, a theoretically collegiate body, is an unstable and ill-matched group of collectors of frivolities where there are two parts that each work separately. their air and they are about to stop talking. Perhaps for this reason, the presidential advisers have tried to pretend with the famous photo session that at the head of the nation there is someone capable of dealing with the truly important issues. Only that to believe it is necessary something more than an image.

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