Sánchez’s terrible legacy

When Pedro Sánchez leaves the Government, which will happen sooner or later, he will give us Spaniards a terrifying inheritance. This way of governing, whose exclusive objective is the preservation of power at any price, will leave coexistence among citizens devastated for years, in addition to our battered economy and the complex institutional architecture that we have been able to maintain since the approval of the Constitution, whose 44th anniversary we have celebrated this past week. Sánchez is going to hand over the country to us like the power plants of Ukraine. And they call that having a “Government of progress.”

Starting with the economic issue, apart from bleeding citizens with insatiable tax voracity (now come taxes on banks, electricity companies and the “rich”), always giving more money to the most powerful regions than to the most needy (he needs the votes of the Basque, Navarrese and Catalan separatists to remain in power), of watering all his fishing grounds for votes with expansive general budgets in times of recession, and of having taken in the income tax collection of 2022 an extra 33,000 million euros due to inflation, will leave us inherited a national public debt of 130% of GDP, when the European Union average is 76%. The terrible hole left by Sánchez will be religiously paid for by several generations of Spaniards.

The institutional deterioration of these years will also be difficult to overcome. After obscenely colonizing all the powers of the State (Congress and Senate, Constitutional Court, Prosecutor’s Office, Court of Auditors, Council of State, CNMV, Competition…), taking control of RTVE, the CIS, Indra, Correos, Paradores and the SER, deactivate all checks and balances on his Government, criticize the work of judges (calling them “fascists, macho and poorly trained”, with statements by Ministers of his Cabinet), rig official polls and the ways to statistically compute the main economic variables or unemployment figures, has also dedicated itself to deteriorating parliamentary activity to infinity. All of its legislative proposals are approved by the false urgency route of the Decree-Law (which avoids parliamentary debates and reports from the controlling bodies), habitually robbing Parliament of the possibility of discussing or voting on amendments, and separating the opposition from the most of the legislative procedures, as Edmundo Bal has bitterly denounced.

The deterioration of freedoms in Spain also presents symptoms of difficult recovery. After the liberticidal excesses committed during the pandemic, which the Constitutional Court has inexorably annulled without the daffodil that governs us even moving an eyebrow (illegal states of alarm, closure of Parliament, confinement measures), Sánchez has devoted to eliminating any hint of political and media criticism of him. On the one hand, making his government exercise opposition to the opposition leader – calling him a fascist, a friend of the ultra-right, anti-democratic and sexist – for simply carrying out his work of controlling the Government. And, on the other, publicly scorning and trying to financially suffocate the few free press that remain in Spain today, just for not dedicating themselves to unconditional praise for his person. Appearing on the rostrum of the Senate displaying covers of El Mundo as if they were a serious democratic attack (as Nicolás Maduro did, in his day) or harassing Pablo Motos on social networks for criticizing the Minister of Equality give us the exact measure of his non-existent tolerance for criticism.

The emptying of the Penal Code of certain specific crimes (abuse, sedition, embezzlement), the fraudulent urgent approval of numerous ideological laws with disputed content and with unforeseeable consequences (“Democratic memory”, “Only yes is yes”, “Trans ”, “Animal welfare”), and the surprising transfers of powers to certain Autonomous Communities (prisons in the Basque Country and Catalonia, departure of the Civil Guard of Navarre) -only justifiable for preserving power at all costs- will in the future form a delicate panorama of impossible reversion. Spain is going to become, due to the work of Sánchez’s pickaxe, a secular and de facto confederal republic that is difficult to govern.

Given that our benevolent political system could never foresee that an unscrupulous psychopath could come to power, and given that the few counter-powers established by our Constitution barely resist Sánchez’s incessant attacks, in Spain we will only have one last emergency solution. The only saving button that any new ruler who comes to power must press is to finally change the Electoral Law. So that the government majorities never again depend on the parties that want to destroy the country.

Sánchez will go down in history, as he said of himself, for exhuming Franco’s remains. And also for burying what was left of Spain.

Sánchez’s terrible legacy