Friday, March 1, 2024

Bet Esparza slipped on the stairs

Few knew Cristina Ibarrola Guillén (Pamplona, ​​​​​​​​June 3, 1969) before becoming a candidate for mayor of Pamplona. A family doctor, he was the general director of health at the time of Yolanda Barcina and later held other management positions in the department. Until 2019, when he appeared on the lists of Navarra Suma and became the spokesman for health in the Parliament of Navarra.

After Esparza, Ibarrola embodied the frontal opposition to the government like almost no one else. in the previous legislature. The pandemic pushed a demanding system almost to the limit, and Ibarrola, from his seat, saw the opportunity to make political profit from the state of emergency and the discomfort that was later created by the loss of energy in the tired health system in public. This is a merciless opposition to Minister Santos Induráin, proposed by the PSN, which earned him the title of ‘tough’ and earned him sympathy within a party nostalgic for Barcina’s driving.

Esparza saw, and he pointed his finger at Pamplona City Hall. Ibarrola overtook the municipal group on the right and led the candidacy that the party threw its weight into.

Ibarrola has three weak points. The first, which is very little known to the general public,. The second is an aloof woman struggling to connect with voters and whose forms must be softened somehow because no one is major without handshakes and kisses on the way. And, thirdly, he became a name crossed out by the socialists, still suffering from severe opposition during the health emergency.

Ibarrola reaped the UPN’s worst result in the city since 1987

But PSN support is not necessary to become a major. We have to win the election and wait. And that’s what happened. Ibarrola, after a very difficult campaign by the UPN, came out on top (by a narrow margin) with 9 seats.

You have to go back to 1987 to find worse results from the UPN, since those elections only saw results of more than 10 seats. The reflection of bad results was rejected when the lack of agreement with the progressives made him mayor in the summer of 2023.

The story is new and well-known: a weak mayor’s office filled with mistakes and failed decisions that ended on December 28 last year. Ibarrola, accompanied by Esparza and the old leadership of the UPN, paraded under the gate of City Hall (where it reads Patet omnibus java cor value magis; the door is open to all, but above all the heart) as rank and file councilors after an inevitable motion of censure agreed between PSN and EH Bildu.

When Cristina the mayor was finished, Cristina the martyr was born. Ibarrola wanted to sell himself to the general public as the victim of a conspiracy of traitors and losers who wanted him fired for reasons beyond Pamplona’s control. That’s their strategy. Despite the effort that he starred in, on the first day, he made a very pathetic comment with classist overtones to people dedicated to cleaning. As he escalated his criticism towards PSN, he stated that he would never accept the votes of Eh Bildu to become mayor and that, before that, he preferred to “scrub the stairs.” That was the last sentence of his first intervention outside City Hall.

In this context, he chose the presidency of the UPN: as a personal bet of the now-retired Esparza for the last municipal elections, as the visible head of the worst result of the UPN in the city since 1987, which was expelled by an unprecedented motion of censure and in full battle on the PSN, a party where he had his bridges cut and burned. A complicated history for those seeking to take the reins of a party is having negotiated alliances and established agreements with other parties, including them and preferably PSN.

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