Pedro Sánchez Confidence Debate: Day 2
1. Let's continue with the confidence debate. Day Two. The honourable lady from Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua, is talking, or trying to talk, about Otegui and political pluralism in Spain, amid booing and finger waiving from the right-wing benches.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:26 am | On Twitter
2. Aizpurua (Bildu): “It is our country, our culture, our language that motivates us to come here, to defend our agenda”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:28 am | On Twitter
3. Aizpurua (Bildu) wants to end the imprisonment of “Basque prisoners” in jails in other parts of Spain, a “political decision” of “extreme cruelty”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:29 am | On Twitter
4. Aizpurua (Bildu), to Sánchez: “You are the last train to the last station, do not let it go”. From the Vox bench, “Out, out, out, out, out!” , and then “Long live the King!” , “Long live Spain!”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:32 am | On Twitter
5. Sánchez: “There are nations that feel identified in states” in the world and others that do not.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:38 am | On Twitter
6. Sánchez has said that the 155 MPs of the PSOE and Podemos together in such a fragmented parliament, although they do not reach an overall majority (176), are an achievement, and in any case more than the sum of PP, Ciudadanos “and the far right”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:40 am | On Twitter
7. The Spanish Constitution of 1978 is “intrinsically linked to decentralisation”, Mr. Sánchez succeeds in saying, after several attempts at the phrase.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:43 am | On Twitter
8. Sánchez says that the PSOE defends Spain's current regional system, “I understand that you do not like that regional system”, and says that there are “deep discrepancies” about the transfer of some powers to the Basque Country, such as social security.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:48 am | On Twitter
9. Aizpurua (Bildu): on a global level, there are “governments with limited efficiency”, there can be no economy “without the environment”, the new government should “never” turn its back on immigrants. She defends a Basque right to decide (self-determination).
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:52 am | On Twitter
10. More shouting, finger waving gestures and comments from the right-wing benches. Speaker Batet gives them a bollocking.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:56 am | On Twitter
11. Álvarez de Toledo (PP) stands up to try to take the floor and protest against something. Speaker Batet does not give her the floor. Aizpurua (Bildu) may continue: “This country needs a a big course in anti-fascism”, she says.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 9:59 am | On Twitter
12. Aizpurua (Bildu): “Why can't what can be done in Scotland, what can be done in Quebec, not be done in the Spanish state?” Instead of answering with the Constitution, Mr. Sánchez replies that Boris is not going to allow a second referendum in Scotland.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:06 am | On Twitter
13. Casado (PP) says Sánchez has not defended either state institutions, the King of Spain or the victims of terrorism: “What we have just experienced is infamous”. After giving it to him, Batet tells him he doesn't have the floor.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:11 am | On Twitter
14. Most of the MPs from the right-wing benches on their feet shouting “Freedom, freedom, freedom!”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:12 am | On Twitter
15. Edmundo Bal (Ciudadanos) “we demand” the Speaker delete the references made by the Bildu MP “to the head of the Spanish state” from the parliamentary gazette.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:13 am | On Twitter
16. The vote won't take place before 11:30 a.m., says Batet. Now the turn of the radical-left Catalan separatist CUP, with a maiden speech in Congress by Mireia Vehí. She talks about Catalan women, the right to decide, October 1, 2017, arrests, prisoners and closed websites.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:19 am | On Twitter
17. Vehí (CUP) is talking about free education, immigration, the victims of exile (Civil war/Franco), “we welcome that [remembrance] day”, the relationship between people and markets, an amnesty for victims of Francoist reprssion, and self-determination.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:28 am | On Twitter
18. Vehí (CUP) ends by saying that although they will not vote with the rest of the left to facilitate the new PSOE and Podemos government, they will reach out to fight against recentralisation and in favour of an amnesty for Catalan separatist prisoners.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:37 am | On Twitter
19. Sánchez's response to Bildu was “submissive and on his knees”, says Sergio Sayas (Navarra Suma). Fascism is ETA and its 857 murders, he adds.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:37 am | On Twitter
20. Sayas (Navarra Suma) said that the government proposed by Sánchez “could neither defend Navarra nor defend Spain”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:42 am | On Twitter
21. “The Civil Guard is not going to leave Navarra”, says Sayas (Navarra Suma): “because Navarra loves them and needs them”. Applause from the right.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:45 am | On Twitter
22. Sayas (Navarra Suma) to Sánchez: “You have decided to whitewash Bildu”, “there is nothing darker in the political history of our country”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:48 am | On Twitter
23. Sayas (Navarra Suma): “The price is called Spain”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:49 am | On Twitter
24. Mr. Martínez Oblanca (Foro Asturias) says he will vote against the deal because the proposed government would be in breach of Article 1 of the Spanish Constitution.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:53 am | On Twitter
25. Martínez Oblanca (Foro Asturias) ends with a quote from Jovellanos and “Long live the King, Long live Spain!”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 10:59 am | On Twitter
26. Sánchez claims partisan socialist victory against ETA: “We were the ones who defeated ETA”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:05 am | On Twitter
27. Sánchez says there are more Civil Guards in Navarra thanks to his socialist government than with the PP government.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:08 am | On Twitter
28. Sayas (Navarra Suma) replies to Sánchez that he finds it “immoral” for the PSOE to form a government with Catalan separatists who want to break up the nation or with Basque nationalists who do not condemn ETA murders.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:19 am | On Twitter
29. Adriana Lastra (PSOE) begins to sum up. She appeals to the trust citizens place in their politicians. She attacks the manners of the right. “Democracy is opening up a way forward and the right cannot stop the formation of the government chosen by citizens”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:29 am | On Twitter
30. The right, says Lastra (PSOE), “only respect the will of citizens when they vote for them […] that has always been the case in our history”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:31 am | On Twitter
31. Lastra says that the PSOE and Esquerra are united by a love for “the greatness of politics”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:35 am | On Twitter
32. There are tensions in the new coalition. Lastra (PSOE) chucks a comment at Iglesias about seeing if they take a little less time to form a left-wing government next time and says she believes Podemos will surely be a loyal partner.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:39 am | On Twitter
33. Lastra (PSOE) chucks a whole list of national grievances at the right.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:45 am | On Twitter
34. Lastra (PSOE), to Vox: “You are the anti-Spain”.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 11:57 am | On Twitter
35. Lastra ends an ideological morning in Congress with a very ideological discourse against the right, which she paints as anti-democratic, anti-constitutional and anti-women, among a range of other evils.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 12:01 pm | On Twitter
36. “Hope,” “moderation and progress”, Sánchez says in his final comment. He talked about Tuesday, knowing he will lose today's vote, which requires an overall majority.
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 12:13 pm | On Twitter
37. Sánchez LOSES first-round confidence vote:
- 166 in favour
- 165 against
Second-round vote, requiring only a simple majority, on Tuesday. Could anything throw a spanner in the works over the next 48 hours and stop Mr. Sánchez becoming next PM of Spain?
Published: Jan 05, 2020, 12:44 pm | On Twitter
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