The second vice president of the Government and leader of United We Can, Yolanda Díaz, is clear: a “democratic cordon” is necessary to isolate Vox and prevent it from reaching government positions, which implies adopting “any position” that involves excluding the “extreme right” of power.
This was stated this Wednesday by Díaz, just one day after President Pedro Sánchez offered the PP to facilitate his government in Castilla y León in exchange for breaking all his pacts with Vox. And she did it, too, two days after Podemos flatly rejected that option, assuring that “the grand coalition is not the solution” to the rise of the formation led by Santiago Abascal.
Díaz spoke in this regard a few minutes before the government control session began this Wednesday in Congress, and three days after regional elections in which Vox went from 1 to 13 attorneys and became key to governability of Castile and León.
They were the first statements by the vice president about the electoral results, beyond the three brief messages from her on Twitter last Monday. And, as she said, her “bet” -although she spoke of “ours”, referring to United We Can- “is clear: a democratic cordon” against Vox by which “any favorable position is adopted that does not depend on the education or health or dependency or public services of the extreme right”.
Later, Díaz emphasized that it is not she or United We Can who has to rule on the possibility that the PSOE abstains in Castilla y León, but rather that this issue corresponds to other political formations. However, the interpretation of her words is clear, since the only way for the PP to govern without the support of Vox -unless the Abascal formation renounces being in the Government, something that seems unlikely- is the abstention of the socialists.
The position expressed by Díaz is not shared by the organization he leads, at least according to what Podemos raised on Monday. The party’s spokesman and candidate in Castilla y León, Pablo Fernández, made it clear that the purple formation would consider an abstention by the PSOE as a “grand coalition” between the Socialists and the PP. And he assured that this option, that the PP governs with the abstention of the PSOE in exchange for breaking with Vox, is not “the solution to this rise of the extreme right”.
“In this context of the whitening of the extreme right, what is necessary and precise are brave policies,” said Fernández, who insisted that “the extreme right is not stopped with a great coalition , but with rights, making policies based on the fiscal and social justice. Questioned by the statements of Díaz, who acts as leader of United We Can within the Government, the purple party did not want to speak out and referred to Fernández’s statements.
Who also does not agree with Díaz is the former leader of Podemos and leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, who assured this Monday that it is a “terrible” idea that the PSOE abstains to allow the PP to govern in exchange for Vox not touching power.
“Vox would be delighted with a cordon sanitaire,” so “it is the PP that has to make a decision and cannot outsource it,” said Errejón, who pointed out that if the popular “want to govern with Vox, let them say so and they do it”. For the leader of Más País, in fact, PP and Vox already form a “common-law marriage” in Madrid, Andalusia and Murcia, where the former govern “with the support and ideas” of the latter.