The president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, took advantage of the closing rally of the National Convention of his formation to show what are the main lines of his proposals to reach La Moncloa, in an act of authentic exaltation of the popular leader in the Plaza de Bulls of Valencia with more than 9,000 attendees.
“We believe in liberalizing the economy as much as possible,” assured Casado, who added that “Spain must be an engine” of Europe and not a burden “that has to be rescued.” To do this, he made it clear that his bet will be “to attract business investment and large employers with low taxation.” A reduction of the taxes that he specified that will be transferred in his program with the elimination of Donations, Inheritance and Patrimony taxes.
According to the president of the PP, they will propose “a fiscal system in which the money must be in the pocket of the citizens” and in which “there is more collection being the lower taxes”, in his words. “We will not allow the fiscal hell of 80,000 million that they want to prescribe for us,” he asserted to criticize the current government of Pedro Sánchez. Despite assuring that “today I am not even going to name him,” he described his presidency as a “black triennium.”
In the workplace, Casado also announced that his party will advocate “the Austrian backpack to promote labor mobility” and insisted that if it reaches La Moncloa “we will cut the ministries and advisers in half.”
New constitutional contract
Casado began his speech by assuring that “the government can be reached by maintaining strength against the populist and leftist parties.” A prelude to the position he set for the next PP electoral program in which he made it clear that a hard line will be maintained to defend constitutionalism and “pride in the history of Spain”, against those who “divide and ruin us” , in reference to the left-wing parties.
Casado proposed a new constitutional pact to group “not only the right” against “government interventionism.” A “new militant constitutionalism” in which he made it clear that there is no space for cessions to nationalisms. “Disloyalty is not rewarded or negotiated, it is defeated,” he said.
“There will be no more concessions to anyone,” he assured about Catalonia and in that line he even pointed out that his intention is to toughen the laws to “make the call for a referendum a crime and we will regain competition in prisons in Catalonia and the Basque Country.” Thus, he came to assure that “we will bring Puigdemont even if we have to go to the last country” before a devoted public.
Among his proposals, he also included “a National Museum of the History of Spain” in the current Ministry of Agriculture, because “the most important nations are proud of their history.” The popular president went deeply into the controversy in recent days about the Discovery of America, pointing out that “Spain should not apologize to anyone, they should thank us for our contribution” with Hispanidad, which he considered one of the greatest history achievements.
He also pointed out that he will nullify the Laws of Historical Memory and will propose a Law of Symbols to end the burning of flags and a Language Law to guarantee Spanish in education and administration.
Valencia and Europe
The closure of the National Convention with which the PP showed the muscle in one of its traditional territories where it has not yet recovered from the effects of corruption cases, some of which still lie in the courts. An autonomy whose reconquest is essential for Casado’s aspirations to reach La Moncloa. Precisely one of the most striking presences in the Valencian arena was that of the former Valencian president, Francisco Camps, in what seems to be his reconciliation with his party.
As during the entire week of the Convention, the popular also appealed to their weight within the European conservatives and the importance of a popular Executive in Spain to support the European Union project. An idea that was influenced by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who praised initiatives by the popular to promote increased business investment, reform the labor market and lower taxes.