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In the last ninety-six hours we have lived almost a century. The Debate on the State of the Nation has increased the uncertainties we had. The Law of Democratic Memory - better known as the Bildu Law - will rewrite the Transition in order to destroy coexistence; the counter-reform of the CGPJ, disqualified from making appointments, will force the nomination of two members to fill vacancies in the Constitutional Court. A direct political interference of the executive in the judiciary. And to close the week, the president received Pere Aragonés in La Moncloa, who has voluntarily forgotten the legal espionage of the CNI and is committed to demanding extra funding of 12 billion, to demanding immunity for the coup perpetrators pardoned seven years ago, a dignified exit for Puigdemont and a secessionist referendum. All this, in the midst of the invasion of Ukraine, with several world energy crises, with the euro at parity with the dollar and with the spectre of recession hanging over our heads when September arrives.

Objective: to survive

Pedro Sánchez achieved his goals: to sew up the frayed symbiotic government (PSOE-UP), to incorporate Bildu as a strategic partner, to show Yolanda that "this team has a soul", to encourage his supporters who broke their hands clapping, to resurrect Plablo Iglesias and to demonstrate that here and now, Dr Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón is the man in charge in Spain. With the star measure (special taxes on energy companies and banks) the president has wrapped himself in populism, as the Financial Times points out, and has installed himself on the eastern front (from social democracy to the heirs of ETA and separatists) to repeat the Frankenstein formula. It has reoriented its course in order to survive.  It has learned little from the Andalusian 19-J. 

The tenant of the Palace on the road to La Coruña, the FT and the low blow of the Andalusians do not care. His thing has always been short-termism.

The support of his partners has a price that he has already begun to pay: the legalisation of 500,000 emigrants who could vote in the regional and local elections in May, making permanent the extra tax on energy companies and banks - extending it to telecoms and supermarkets -, banishing the X for the Catholic Church from the personal income tax declaration, and continuing with the plurinational rattle and the right to decide. Sanchismo never says no.

Echenique, Asens (Colau's), Aizpurua, Nogueras, Errejón, Baldoví (Oltra's), the revillista, the gallegista and the representative of Teruel Existe preemptively surrendered to presidential empathy as if they all belonged to the Socialist Parliamentary Group. 

Rufián began by mimicking the people and the shopping basket. But the three blanks snatched from Mohammed VI's guard on the battlefield didn't work. Admittedly, the president's impromptu rebuke was more than worthy. The ERC spokesman went to kneel before Sánchez for forgiveness. Bullies are always cowards. 

The only partner whose honour was wounded was the PNV.  Don Aitor Esteban was very hurt with Don Pedro because he does not tell him anything and now he has new Basque friends. He threatened with the force of his five essential seats and demanded that he withdraw the traffic police from the roads of Navarre and hand over powers to the Bildu-conditioned government. Sánchez has not complied, and in this he is right. As a good Christian Democrat, Aitor is already building bridges with Feijóo. If they have to betray themselves again, all for Don Sabino. The government's base, however, has widened with this debate. 

The free local transport is not bad if road transport is not subsidised, and the grants for those who already have them is a wink to the youngsters to invite them to vote for them in May. The State Centre for Public Health is a toast to the sun because the competences are transferred to the Autonomous Regions. In short, this is not a shock plan to lower inflation or avoid recession.

The response to these "social" measures was the stock market crash for three days at a cost of 15 billion for companies and small savers. They wanted to raise 7 billion and the fear of money says it all: it is not a good measure. Uncertainty is growing. So who is going to invest in Spain with this Peronist intervention? Recovery is further away.

Speech without method

The State of the Nation address lacked method. It mixed five-line paragraphs with cutting sentences constructed in the north wing of the government's ideas and propaganda factory. Three inconsistencies: veteran Canarian MP Ana Marìa Oramas had to remind Mr Sánchez that the families in despair over the volcano were 1,600, not 16,000; the president claimed that Abascal had recorded a video saying that the confinement never took place, when the president himself is the one who has spread it on social networks. And thirdly, he denied three times that ETA no longer exists. Carlos García Adanero, the punished UPN deputy with his friend Sergio Sayas, disjointed his mood. "If ETA does not exist, why did he exchange prisoners for budgets? Why do they allow tributes? Why do the heirs of ETA continue to harass the democratic councillors of Navarre?

Sanchez whistled and made a poker face

In his first speech, the president did not mention the self-employed once. Nor did he talk about water, the PHN, Pegassus or the sensitivity of the data stolen from the government, nor about Catalonia or Melilla -27 dead at its fences-, nor about Morocco or the swerve in the Sahara.  Nor about Algeria, the purchase of gas from Putin at the price of Moscow's gold, and not a trace of reducing public spending, starting with his macro-government with access to Doña Margarita's Falcon and a stopover in Las Azones. Debt and deficit? State secrets. 

The silences were resounding and the denials left us in the open. It was solemn: "NO to nuclear energy and no to thermal power". Not even the life of the four active reactors will be prolonged. And yet the European Parliament and the Commission have just declared gas and nuclear energy to be green energies.  Of course, they have not declared them feminist. 

Hypocritically, the minister Teresa Rivera urgently asked REE (Red Eléctrica Española) to inform them of the cost and viability of starting up the As Pontes thermal power station in La Coruña. And in a meeting with consumers, the third vice-president announced hours later that "our country must prepare for a possible scenario of gas shortages in the EU". And if Putin turns off the tap? Ah, it feels like it. This cabinet member assured in June that Spain would not be short of gas or oil. They are definitely not to be trusted.

We have a social-communist law that prohibits the extraction of subsoil products such as rare earths, fracking or oil in the Canary Islands. We are the most ecologist, the greenest and the most dependent. Energy sovereignty relies exclusively on the sun and the wind. At this rate we will be left alone "to the moon" of Valencia. 

By the way, we would have liked the Atlanticist leader Pérez-Castejón to have defended the unity of Spain with the same warlike ardour as he defended Zelenski's Ukraine. I felt like enlisting although I had trouble following the training at El Ferral in Leon. I had bilateral problems and the left/right/left was complicated for me. What an exciting passion with the pain of the Ukrainians! What condemnation of the heartless invaders! We share it because we are united by Europe and freedom. What a patriot.  Yes, a patriot, but in a third of Spain you can't study in Spanish. And neither the sentences of the Courts nor the Law of Laws nor the Statutes nor the Regulations of the Parliament are complied with, are they, Mrs. Borrás? 

 A contemplative opposition

The leader of the PP and senator Alberto Núñez Feijóo attended the debate as a guest of stone. Without voice or vote. Cuca Gamarra is no Cayetana, but she complied in her written speech and in her replies. She reminded the president that "it is very expensive for the Spaniards", replying with the same coin that Sanchez stole from Rajoy in the 2015 debate, and criticised the president's exhausted project: "You are going to leave Spain worse than you found it".  Gamarra - the first woman to participate as opposition spokeswoman in democracy - was hurt that Sánchez accused them of using the pain of ETA's victims. "Don't get the wrong enemy," she replied: "It's not that he equates us with Bildu, it's that he humiliates us by putting them above us. All this because of the controversial Law of Democratic Memory that extends Francoism until the end of 1983. Now we learn that Felipe González is the last Francoist after Martín Villa.  

 Vox behaved as expected. It gave a nod to Feijóo to build a real alternative to Sanchismo and promised the president to "lift everything he tears down, from the economy to the crosses".  He clearly explained his party's arguments and assured that "this was neither debate, nor state nor nation".

 Despite the calm tone of the speakers, the president of the government continued to describe him as "extremist right-wing" and blurted out: "What museum did you come from?  

Inés Arrimadas wrote in the Hemicycle criticising the president's Bolivarian measures; she accused him of abandoning the middle classes and described the balance sheet as "absolutely disastrous".  She was the only one to denounce Indra's assault from PRISA. Sanchez retaliated by giving her a minute's reply and hit the liberal where it hurts the most: "The only conclusion I can draw after her setbacks in CyL and Andalusia is that the task of refounding Ciudadanos is still pending"                                                                            

The centre-liberal and right-wing opposition consider Sánchez's project finished, but the president has survived many political tsunamis.

The procastinator

This is the first time I write this word in my life. It means postponing important decisions and not taking responsibility for anything; it is not laziness, but the management of emotions. There is no one like our president to be a real procrastinator.  The defence of the amendments to the debate did not have a single member of the government on the blue bench. The Debate has been a formality to take advantage of a format that always favours the tenant of La Moncloa

On Thursday, the broom plenary approved two bills. The Law of Democratic Memory aims to take us back to the civil war. All the murders of Catholics, the burning of churches, the coups in Catalonia encouraged by Azaña, Casas Viejas, the October Revolution in Asturias, Barcelona and Madrid, the failed coups of Don NIceto, the theft of the Oviedo banks by Prieto and his friends, the plundering of the Oviedo banks by Prieto and his friends will be left out; the plundering of the Bank of Spain's coffers, of the largest coin collection in the world, the theft of private jewellery which Negrín shipped to El VIta but which the skilful don Indalecio appropriated, booty from which he lived like a maraja all his life. No one will investigate the excesses of the Popular Front or the provocative and incendiary role of Largo Caballero. Nor will we find out anything about Paracuellos or the disappearance of Andreu Nin.

This law aims to rewrite the history of the Transition and of the coexistence initiated by Adolfo Suárez and later joined by Carrillo, Felipe, Fernández Miranda, Camacho and Redondo. King Juan Carlos led the bid to move from "the law to the law". It is a rule that Otegui and Txapote will rewrite as a duo. The president's irresponsibility is at its maximum. 

In the absence of Julián Besteiro, who did not flee and bore the consequences of the excesses of a PSOE given over to Bolshevism, we still have the voice of a pro-socialist like Joaquín Leguina and several former socialist leaders like Laborda, Rojo, Vázquez and García Vargas who are calling for the wounds of that uncivil war not to be reopened. 

Perhaps this rule will lead us to a Convention to dream of a Third Republic without republicans and without democrats. It won't be easy to win a war that was lost 85 years ago - madness, you night owls! 

 Minister Bolaños says that "this initiative will make us better".  The 1977 Amnesty Law and the laws of economic and moral compensation to the victims of Francoism were magnanimous and are still in force. 

 The other law is the counter-reform of the General Council of the Judiciary. The Judiciary is forced to appoint two members to change the majority in the Constitutional Court. The social-podemite government cut the powers of the CGPJ and disqualified it from appointing officials in the High Courts of the Autonomous Regions and now they are given only one month to nominate the two candidates. An immoral interference. It is a clear Enabling law (Hitler, 1933) like those of September 17 when the disconnection laws were illegally enacted in Catalonia. Unconstitutional. An abuse of the Executive subjugating the Judiciary. We have to denounce it.  As we learnt from Cicero "the more the empire collapses, the crazier are its laws".

The price of dialogue

Spain burns in the west, centre and southeast. Portugal is once again in ashes. The fields are no longer tended and there is no money to clear the weeds that turn into teas on hot days like today. The wolf is more protected than the sheep.  Our bull skin is a powder keg and we will end up burnt to a crisp. It was against this hot backdrop that Pere Aragonés appeared at the presidential palace. The honourable one advanced that he will claim the historical and never-ending debt (now 12,000 million; they will never return the 70,000 million of the FLA) and will demand amnesty for the October 17 coup perpetrators and self-determination. Sánchez reactivates the stretcher table of dialogue-surrender with separatism to tie up ERC in Congress. They have denied that they talked about Puigdemont but they are confident that the former coup president on the run in Waterloo (Belgium) will return home for Christmas. Will the government protect him so as not to make his New Year's Eve dinner bitter? Now that the EU Prosecutor has issued a favourable report on his extradition, he will ask the Court for Belgium to hand him over to be tried by the Spanish Supreme Court.  

The next roundtable is scheduled for the 31st of this month. The president - the Mediterranean Sea is in the throes of the eavesdropping - wants results. Another blackmail. No one doubts that there is a hidden agenda in these talks that could end in a referendum. Sanchez would secure 18 months in office. For Inés Arrimadas "the treatment of Aragonés as head of state shows that Sanchez lives in a parallel and virtual world when Pere is the spokesman for the coup plotters". Juanma Moreno asks to know how much it would cost Andalusia what he agrees with Catalonia. We will never know. State secret. 

A very hot week that leads us to an incendiary autumn. Dr Sánchez comes out of it very strengthened parliamentarily. He has already taught Yolanda that without Sánchez, she is worthless, as Amaral sang. We hope to see her in a "listening campaign", with a new dress every day and the badge that makes her so cool: "Existo, luego te jodes" (I exist, then fuck you).  She has not yet understood that to sleep peacefully Don Pedro needs to "save soldier Iglesias". 

Garamendi, Fainé, Imaz, Galán, Pallete and Juan Roig now have insomnia. Smiles at PRISA and Indra. Don Pedro Sánchez is the real owner of the farmhouse. The BOE is his bible. And the taxpayers his subjects. Spain at his feet. He said it without hesitation in his first speech in the open, "I'm going all out". And for everyone and everything.