While in Catalonia people already voted for independence, in Spain, voters trust neither the current leader nor his substitute.
Over the past five years, the mainstream media in Spain and Europe have described the struggle between the legally elected government of Catalonia and its equivalent in Madrid as a “Catalan crisis”. However, as this week’s events have proven, there is no crisis in Catalonia, but there is indeed a crisis in Spain.
Both in Catalonia and in Spain, people are fed up with the elitist structures that only think about the economy, including the European Commission.
Catalonians and in a less decisive manner people in Spain are supporting and voting for parties that represent change from the Spanish and European elitist mentality, and in doing so, they seek to defend their country, their Republic, and not an Establishment technocrat puppet who is always imposed Establishment itself.
As explained by the recently elected President from the Catalan Generalitat, Quim Torra, the president of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, the Popular Party (PP) and Madrid “have rejected every single proposal of dialog and negotiation”.
“All fiscal reforms presented by Artur Mas, the new Estatut, the financing reform, the call for dialogue … all the proposals from Catalonia have been disregarded”, explains Torra. “Have we been heard? No. Have they sat down to talk? Never. There is a total lack of information: We still need to know the project that the State has for Catalonia,” Torra continued. “Dialogue is the foundation of democracy, the tool of politics to solve conflicts.”
But Catalans are not the only people who have had it with Rajoy and Madrid. In Spain, about half of the people support the call to vote for the removal of Mariano Rajoy, a measure that achieved enough support yesterday and that will result in Rajoy being sent off from his position.
Other traditional politicians, among them the man responsible for calling out Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez, do not have the favor of the voters either. Only one in ten people would support Sanchez as the leader of the country. Why? Because Sanchez has been working closely with Rajoy to carry out an economic and social agenda that has many Spanish people on the edge of the cliff.
The move by Sanchez to call for a Parliamentary vote to remove Rajoy will become the first initiative of this type that triumphs in Congress after four decades of democracy.
The nationalist parties of the periphery of Spain, each one in its measure and with different motivations, showed their doubts about the motion, but between that scenario and to sustain the current president of the government they opted for the yes to the motion, the yes to the popular eviction of Rajoy from the Moncloa.
The main question is how long will Sánchez’s term last. The leader of the socialist ranks has defended opening a period of stability before opening the floor for new elections, but other parties, such as Unidos Podemos, which supports the motion, or Ciudadanos, contrary to the initiative, have claimed the need to walk towards an election as soon as possible.
Almost half of the Spanish people agree with Ciudadanos and Unidos Podemos in that an election should be called sooner rather than later.
Why did Rajoy and the PP fall from the sky?
In Spain, Mariano Rajoy and the PP have dominated national politics with impunity.
On May 23, Rajoy secured the support in the budgets and made plans to exhaust his time in office. Just about a week ago, Rajoy boasted about stability, but today he knows that his time has run out.
Spanish politics has taken a radical turn in eight days, in which the PNV has played the role of arbitrator and the ruling of the Gürtel corruption case has precipitated popular and political condemnation of the President, the Popular Party, and the Establishment.
The Basque nationalists (PNV) had put as an inescapable condition that the Executive of Rajoy withdrew the application of article 155 in Catalonia but, at the last minute, and seeing as Quim Torra was invested president of the Generalitat, the party chose to give its decisive votes to the Government.
But everything went wrong for the PP and Rajoy the next day. Although perhaps at that time they did not imagine the consequences, the ruling of the Gürtel case by the National Court was lethal for the Popular Party Government.
The National Court convicted ex-treasurer of the PP, Luis Bárcenas, to a sentence of 33 years in prison, after seeing enough evidence that the party had a “secret cash box”. Consequently, Bárcenas was declared responsible for the newest corruption case in the history of PP.
The conviction of Bárcenas put yet another fact on the table. The National Court’s decision also manifested its lack of trust in Mariano Rajoy’s credibility during the Gürtel trial.
The political earthquake was quickly unleashed and the motion for censorship was placed on the table by Unidos Podemos leader, Pablo Iglesias. Later, Pedro Sanchez himself voiced his support for the motion.
Interestingly, perhaps the statement that marked the before and after the sentence was that of Albert Rivera, the leader of Ciudadanos. He declared the current legislature as “exhausted” after the ruling of the National Court and demanded an immediate call for elections.
Given Rajoy’s refusal to resign as leader of Spain, the Spanish Parliament is set to remove him from power. The President of the Government will participate in the vote that will see him leave his position only to be replaced by Pedro Sánchez.
Rajoy was present during the Thursday morning session and responded from the rostrum of the Chamber to the interventions of Sanchez. The Executive stresses that nothing would be gained by the resignation because there are no reasons for it and it could be interpreted as the assumption of guilt.
Perhaps the simplest summary of Spain’s political crisis is the statement by Joan Tardà, the representative of Esquerra Republicana when he described that the support for Sanchez’ motion was nothing else than a big NO to Mariano Rajoy and the PP.
“Our vote,” said Tardà is one of rejection to the Popular Party, and not necessarily of support for Sanchez,” he concluded.