Pablo Iglesias savors his strategic victory. The second vice president of the Government met this morning with the United We Can Confederal Council to assess the political situation that opens after the approval of the General State Budgets. And the first thing the Podemos leader has done in this meeting with his electoral allies, IU and En Comú Podem, has been to show his chest. To value that the current moment “is defined by the success of the approaches that UP has been defending for years.”
From the point of view of United We Can, the alliance with the pro-independence and nationalist forces “prefigures a country project”, as opposed to “the idea of a centralist, uniform and neoliberal state” and for the benefit of a political agenda that “is for republican definition ”. Iglesias has addressed the young people of the organizations that make up United We Can to urge them to “advance” towards that republican horizon: “it is a task for you,” he said, commissioning them to work to “build a new identity” that moves towards “a new republic that we have to build.
Iglesias has referred that his position in the Government “is modest”, but has linked his presence in the Council of Ministers to a management of the crisis “very different” from the way in which that of 2008 was approached. The second vice president has been referring to the increase in the SMI, the ERTE or the Minimum Vital Income, despite the deficiencies in its operation, the commitment to regulate rental prices and the recent agreement to approve a decree to prevent evictions without a housing alternative. An agreement that will stick as long as the state of alarm lasts, but that will not remain there if it depends on Podemos: “And then of course we will continue discussing.”
Iglesias has played down the differences within the government. On the contrary, he has come to defend that progress is being made in the idea of “consolidating a culture of coalition”. The leader of Podemos has assured that these tensions “are good because they produce positive results”, understanding from his theoretical approach that “social conflicts are the historical engine.” As he did a few days ago in Palma in an informal conversation with the press, Iglesias has come to anticipate that they will continue to take place: “if the discussions serve to regulate the rental price or evictions, welcome those discussions and hopefully there will be many more.”
The political space of United We Can, which is moving towards a cold fusion in the organic from the different organizations that compose it, celebrates this moment because in the political sphere it has “an enormous deep political load”, in the words of the IU leader and Consumption ministers, Alberto Garzón. Iglesias has succeeded with this coalition government and definitely with the Budget vote that has incorporated the pro-independence, nationalist and regionalist parties. And today he wanted to recall that this is his thesis since he made the leap to politics: “It is the parliamentary majority for whom some of us have worked hard in the last seven years,” said Iglesias, recalling that this pulse has caused “crisis in our political space due to enormous resistance that was produced by forming that majority.
He recalled that “this majority has existed since December 2015” and that “five years, electoral repetitions and splits in Podemos have had to pass” to impose this political thesis against those who, according to his diagnosis, wanted to “endorse the great liberal center” to govern “always with Citizens.” Iglesias has once again charged against the right wing, predicting that they will be “away from the government for a long time.” And at this point he has once again charged the PP for “blocking” the CGPJ, which, he said, “places it outside democracy.” Iglesias has claimed that both United Podemos and Bildu or ERC “have the right” to participate in the new organization of the judiciary.