Pedro Sánchez has come out of the trap of yes is yes with a two-way political goring. The first, that of the internal convulsion of his coalition government, on account of the defense of women and with the 8-M as a backdrop. The second, that of his own authority, since neither he nor the leader of the purple wing of the Executive, Yolanda Díaz, have been able to redirect the division or appease the verbal escalation between Unidas Podemos -above all- and the PSOE. In the case of the president, moreover, with an "improper passivity in him", in the words of a close former leader. As if amortized the clash. He did not even vote to take into consideration the reform of the Law of the only yes is yes.
But the ides of March do not end with the processing of the rectification of the norm-flag of Irene Montero. The term for amendments to the norm remains, and there is also the government crisis, the Vox motion with Ramón Tamames as candidate, the evolution of the Mediator case...
As if that were not enough, it has been the PP that has propped up the majority with its votes so that the PSOE initiative continues its parliamentary course despite the rejection of its natural partners. With these ingredients in the pot, the popular leadership has seen a golden opportunity to try to position itself in the "centrality" and continue to erode Sánchez from a demoscopic view.
As? With a double portion of "pacts". The PP offers to the PSOE to agree on more measures in favor of women. Above all, in four areas: financing the fight against gender violence, reducing the wage gap, parity -depending on the "small print" of the new law presented by the Executive- and defending the rectification of the Law of only yes is yes.
On this last point, the popular will add their votes to the PSOE for a "common front" against the amendments presented by United We Can and the parliamentary partners who voted against taking it into consideration, ERC and Bildu.
The PP is convinced that the law must be modified to avoid the "re-victimization" of women, and also believes that the PSOE initiative is an "almost verbatim copy" of its proposed law. But that is not the only thing that moves him: he also sees an electoral path in this strategy. The popular believe that they can scratch votes in the space of "classical" feminism. Especially since a good part of the electorate that is in contention between the PSOE and the PP -up to a million voters- agrees that the norm had to be changed to correct its negative effects -more than 720 sentence reductions and 74 releases- in the future.
In Genoa they are delighted to assume the role of a party that "fixes the messes" for "State responsibility". Yesterday, the Congress voted a motion resulting from the questioning of the popular on Ukraine, and the results showed a new coincidence of vote. But this time, between the PP and Unidas Podemos, which voted in favor of the Defense and Foreign Ministers reporting monthly on "the situation in Ukraine, as well as the international commitments assumed by Spain." If on Tuesday the PSOE joined forces with the PP against Podemos, on Thursday it was the purples who supported the popular against the socialists.
Of course, Cuca Gamarra reproached the PSOE for not having "gratitude" for the support of his party in the crucial parliamentary faithful on Tuesday. "It would not have been bad," Feijóo's number two ugly on Antena 3. The important thing, he said, is that the sexual freedom law be modified "as soon as possible", in order to prevent "sex offenders who are currently committing crimes cannot benefit" from a norm "that should never have been proven as it has been proven."
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