The rhetoric of the pendulum of the immigration policy of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has now returned to the positions of the liberal center. “Crime does not come with race or culture, but because of unexpected situations (…) My speech is openness and evil,” he answered in the plenary session of the Madrid Assembly to the spokesperson of Vox, Rocío Monasterio, who called him. to close the center for unaccompanied foreign minors in Casa de Campo and take the detainees to Moncloa “by bus.”
The PP joined Vox’s xenophobic speech in the face of the immigration crisis
Ayuso’s words come just two weeks after going to Alcalá de Henares, where the government built a barracks in November to house some of the migrants who arrived in Spain via the Canary Islands. According to him, “brawls” happened there that coincided with “sexual assaults” in the municipality. Also an “outbreak of scabies” and shipments “at night” of newly arrived migrants in PP communities, the popular leader warned, without evidence. The government denied the accusations: no attacks or attacks were linked to immigration.
After criticizing racism and xenophobia, Ayuso has now distanced himself from Vox, saying he won’t go “anywhere” on immigration. In this he settled the matter in his reply to the Monasterio. The left-wing opposition has shamed the president for his confusion over subsequent interventions. “So they can see who’s the coolest,” criticized Diana Paredes from Más Madrid. “Hypocrites,” launched Lorena Morales, from the PSOE.
The issue of immigration was the first topic of a plenary session where the president of the region appeared victorious. Asked by his party about the Government’s goals for 2024, he replied: “Continue to expand freedom and continue to manage the best public services in Madrid.” He indulged in the usual jokes, such as offering Formula 1 tickets to the opposition, and tried another neologism for social networks: the environment and supporters of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will create the “sanchosphere .”
The spokesperson for Más Madrid, Manuela Bergerot, wanted to downplay Ayuso’s boast. After a previous speech about youth at a PP event, in which the popular leader mentioned “chance, adventure and risk” as exciting characteristics and situations at the beginning of adulthood, Bergerot in the crowd- Ayuso may be referring to the “opportunity” of getting a place for a child in daycare, or “the adventure” of renting an apartment with the average salary of a young person. – equivalent, according to the latest data Emancipation Observatory of the Youth Council, to the monthly rent of an apartment. He was also angry that he was talking about business when the president of the region almost always enjoys a public salary. He also recalled the case of the commission of hundreds of thousands of euros charged by his brother for the sale of masks in 2020, amid the COVID. Ayuso avoided polemicizing, beyond blaming the left for his “apocalyptic and depressive” speech and reiterating Venezuela as a model of opposition politics.
“Madrid makes the world fall in love”
The spokesperson of the PSOE, Juan Lobato, tried to reason from his seat; It is unlikely that everything that does not work in Madrid is the product of a “super conspiracy.” The answer is that the state government controls “executive, legislative and judicial from Moncloa.” Ayuso understands that “Madrid loves the world” and when the opposition criticizes him because “they don’t love Madrid.”
The president never intervened again, but his style created a school and worthy celebrities tried to imitate it. “Puigdemont will do what Putin asks of him,” the PP’s parliamentary spokesman, Carlos Díaz-Pache, however said, starting by asking the leader what his goals are this year. On the other hand, tourist accommodation is not a problem and if there are problems with the metro network, the Cercanías network is worse, which does not depend on the Community of Madrid. Or so accused the Minister of Housing and Transportation, Jorge Rodrigo, who is still angry because the minister of the sector, Óscar Puente, blocked him on the social network X.
Without the pediatric ICU in La Paz: a “complex” situation
More important is the health debate. The Minister of Health, Fátima Matute, pointed out that the closure of the pediatric ICU at La Paz Hospital, a reference for many neonatal situations in Spain and due to the conflict between doctors and the head of the service, is a situation that ” complex” that “judicialized”, but that care is assured. An alternative he suggested regarding the need for complex urgent interventions is for professionals to travel to other centers to perform them. “It’s not worth staying idle,” scolded Marta Carmona, from Más Madrid.
The discussion about health also mentions the usual saturation of hospital emergencies in the winter. Matute boasted of reducing the incidence of respiratory viruses through preventive measures and the opposition mocked him for the fact that hospital emergency room corridors were once again filled with stretchers. If there are no primary care professionals, it is the fault of the Government, which does not accredit places for specialists, the adviser said. “But if the teachers resign,” said Carlos Moreno, from the PSOE, who recalled that the health center of Vicente Soldevilla, one of the most dangerous in Vallecas, was left without the last doctor with a transfer position in the afternoon. The lone protester against harsh working conditions resigned this week.