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The PSOE distances itself from the fiscal proposal of its candidate in Madrid, Juan Lobato


The general secretary of the Madrid socialists defends that "nobody who inherits or has productive assets is going to pay a single euro" and was a 'trending topic' for saying: "It's enough that Ayuso criminalizes the great fortunes"

The PSOE spokesman in the Madrid Assembly, Juan Lobato. JJ Guillén (EFE)

The national spokesperson of the PSOE, Pilar Alegría, has recognized this Monday that the tax proposal of Juan Lobato, candidate for the Community of Madrid of his formation, is not in line with the position defended by his party to raise taxes on large fortunes and energy companies.

This was also stated by the minister, when asked at a press conference about the statements by the general secretary of the Madrid socialists, who in an interview with

El Español

assured that "no one who inherits or has productive assets is going to pay a single euro."

An affirmation that fits badly with the traditional critics of the PSOE to the rebate of the inheritance and patrimony taxes sponsored by the PP of Madrid.

On this matter, Pilar Alegría has made it clear that, in tax matters, everyone knows “perfectly” the PSOE proposal and what they have always defended, which is to raise taxes on the great fortunes and large energy companies.

And she has added that they defend her because they believe that, "in a moment of uncertainty like the one we are experiencing, it is time to lend a hand to those who have the most against those who do not have the same circumstance", she has pointed out.

And he added: "From there, this party recognizes and we know that we are a plural and diverse party, that there will be elections in multiple autonomous territories and, logically, each candidate will also establish different electoral proposals", he has settled.

Lobato became a

trending topic

on Twitter this Sunday after publishing (and then deleting) a message that grated on many of his readers: "It's enough that Ayuso criminalizes great fortunes," he said as an introduction to the interview in which defended a thesis opposed to that of the party.

Given the commotion generated, Lobato rectified the idea with a new tweet: “Ayuso lowers taxes on large fortunes and accuses them of wanting to flee or hide his money.

I propose to raise taxes and treat them with respect ”, it was read about his tax proposal, consisting of increasing the tax pressure on those who have more and lowering it for the middle and working classes, in order to increase total income.

However, the storm had already broken loose, provoking harsh criticism from Podemos leaders (such as Alejandra Jacinto and Pablo Echenique) and Más Madrid (Mónica García).

And it has continued this Monday, when the PP of Isabel Díaz Ayuso has joined the chorus of parties that have disfigured Lobato's proposal, although for reasons opposite to those of the left.

Juan Lobato, PSOE candidate for the Community of Madrid, posted this tweet and then deleted it.

I could make an assessment about it, but it is not necessary.

The matter stands alone.

— Pablo Echenique (@PabloEchenique) January 8, 2023

In this way, the general secretary of the PP in Madrid, Alfonso Serrano, has maintained that the tax proposal of the PSOE leader "is little and badly understood", and has remarked that the idea of ​​lowering taxes comes "25 years late", in reference to the fact that the PP has been doing so for most of that period of time.

“We have even seen how Mr. Lobato himself has rectified his own tweets saying that President Isabel Díaz Ayuso demonizes the rich.

I don't know how it can be said on the one hand that President Ayuso defends the rich and at the same time demonizes them.

That mental cocoa that the PSOE has, in this case its secretary general and candidate, is evident", he stated, omitting the context that explains Lobato's phrase: as Díaz Ayuso warns that the great fortunes will flee Madrid if they are raised taxes, Lobato defends that this is criminalizing them.

🤔 Lobato tries to fish for a vote by copying the measures implemented by the PP for 18 years...

But Pedro Sánchez calls him and he has to delete the tweet... 🤦🏻‍♂️

So everything in the PSOE of Madrid.

– PP Community of Madrid (@ppmadrid) January 8, 2023

EL PAÍS announced in June that Lobato proposed that residents in the region with assets of less than 1.5 million euros be exempt from paying wealth tax.

The reform would benefit, according to the calculations of the PSOE, practically all of the 6.7 million citizens of the Community of Madrid, "ensuring a fair, sufficient and progressive model," says Lobato.

After the controversy unleashed this Sunday by his messages on social networks, the candidate's team explains his rectifications on Twitter as follows: “We thought that what we wanted to propose was not well understood and we decided to make another clearer one.

In fact, the proof is that some media made their news saying the opposite of what the tax reform [proposed by Lobato] says.”

Lobato, for his part, has defended that it is "a complete tax reform", "that generates more tax revenue for the Community of Madrid, enough to increase the Health budget by 10%", and that "particularly benefits middle and low incomes and calls for a greater contribution effort from those who earn more than 100,000 euros, which is 5% of the population”.

The conservative drive of the PSOE or the search for the "center" usually go wrong.

Juan Lobato's speech on taxation only strengthens Ayuso's reactionary ideas.

A clear ideological proposal is needed for Madrid that guarantees public services and reduces privileges

— Alejandra Jacinto (@AleJacintoUrang) January 8, 2023

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