Politics had not lived a day like yesterday Tuesday for a long time. A day in which citizens could glimpse what a Spain would be like in which the PP and PSOE put what unites them, that is, respect for the constitutional democracy that emerged from the 78 pact, ahead of their current political interests.
The citizens saw yesterday what a Spain would be like in which the nationalist and populist parties were relegated to a marginal position on the political scene, and in which the sum of the PP, PSOE and Ciudadanos would be enough to design and execute those economic and social measures they need all Spaniards, and not just a few of them.
Either by pure chance or as a result of the climate of harmony generated by the 40th anniversary of the victory of democracy over the coup, the PP and PSOE verified yesterday that you just need a little political will to relegate to the drawer of the grotesque the usual longings for prominence and institutional undermining of the usual.
Compliments to the Crown
To the speech of Meritxell Batet, impeccable in his compliments to Juan Carlos I, the democratic institutions and the head of the Opposition, was joined by Pablo Casado, who returned the compliment to the president of the Congress of Deputies.
Also, the mutual harmony that the president of the PP and the president of the Government exhibited Pedro Sanchez at the (very restricted) post-act meal.
A tune that surprised two of the fathers of the Constitution, Miquel Roca Y Miguel Herrero and Rodríguez de Miñón, who came to exclaim “how well you get along!” in view of the obvious cordiality that Casado and Sánchez showed with the other.
Felipe VI, for his part, he mentioned his father, Juan Carlos I, for the first time since he left Spain a few months ago. He did it to vindicate his behavior during 23-F. A key moment of democracy that was only denied yesterday by extreme left nationalism and populism.
The two true blocks
That parties such as EH Bildu, ERC, BNG, JxCAT or Podemos staged with different levels of fanfare their refusal to celebrate the victory of democracy on 23-F, 1981 is, in any case, consistent with both their declared will to end the system emerged from the Transition as with his defense of the Catalan coup leaders who rose up against democracy in September and October 2017.
But the unanimity of the radical parties in the Chamber has had the virtue of staging which are the two true blocks of Spanish democracy.
The first, formed by the PP, the PSOE and Citizens, along with the Crown and all the other institutions and Powers of the State.
The other, extremists of all stripes and conditions.
That these extremists are partners of the Government should make Sánchez reflect on the moral character of those who intend to lead him towards a worse, more tense and more divided Spain. More like those who stormed Congress on 23-F than a modern and moderate citizenry.
To a day rich in hopeful gestures and that seem to confirm the thawing of relations between PP and PSOE on account of the renewal of the CGPJ, the leadership of RTVE and the Constitutional Court, three last relevant details were added.
The first was the applause of PP and Citizens for the reading of the names of “the 1,081 women murdered since 2003”, in the words of the socialist deputy Lydia Guinart. An applause from which only Vox stood out, precisely the party that had presented the proposal for the Law on Intrafamily Violence that was discussed yesterday.
The second, the PP’s decision to cede one of its members in the General Council of the Judiciary to the PNV, a news that EL ESPAÑOL advances today and that shows that the PP is, indeed, willing to occupy the center space to which it already pointed during the motion of censure of Vox to Sánchez, laying the foundations for the support of the right Basque nationalist to a future government of the PP.
The third, the (punctual) rupture of the PSOE with its partners of Podemos and nationalists to vote for the inviolability of the king. “This party protects the Constitution. Socialism is not incompatible with the monarchy” said yesterday the socialist deputy Rafaela Crespín, clearly distancing itself from an increasingly inconsequential Podemos.
Yesterday it was shown that those who protect the Constitution, that is, democracy and the civil and political rights that emerged from the 1978 pact, are, in short, in the PP, the PSOE and Citizens.
Not in populism, not in extremism, not in nationalism.