Popular Party deputy Macarena Montesinos had warned that we are in an "extraordinary historical moment" and enriched it by detailing some current events: a government that acts "at the mandate of Waterloo", that is "applauded by terrorist organisations" or that, instead of a Council of Ministers, directs the destiny of the country with an "assembly of ministers". While Montesinos detailed his serious allegations, an incessant murmur could be heard in the background in the hemicycle, immune to the president's pleas for silence, as if the deputies were eager to tell each other news in what was the first plenary session of the legislature in Congress. Even in the seats of the PP, chatter with the neighbor or heads turned over the screens of the mobile phones prevailed, until someone began an isolated applause to reward the story of iniquities that his companion wove from the podium.
The first plenary session of the legislature offered some clues about the future in Congress, which is seen as a version of the past that is a little more strident, if possible. The opposition resumes its inventory of accusations for Pedro Sánchez's pacts with "coup plotters and pro-ETA members", renewed and increased by the amnesty law and the entry into action of Carles Puigdemont, the "fugitive from Waterloo". And the government defends itself by setting itself up as a champion of social progress in the face of the conspiracy "of the right and the ultra-right". None of these items were on the agenda of the plenary, only one procedural matter, the approval of the structure of parliamentary committees. But as this did not give much of itself and was also agreed between the Government and the Popular Party, what was talked about by the opposition was amnesty, the culmination of the calamities that afflict Spain because of a president who "capitulates and kneels before the corrupt of the country" to maintain power after the voters "said yes to Feijóo and the PP" on 23-J.
The structure of the commissions, which requires a tweak of the Rules of Procedure of Congress, is one of those strange things that does not cause clashes between the majority forces, because long ago it was established as a rule to constitute one for each ministry that the respective government has. A consensus between PSOE and PP always opens a great window of opportunity for Vox to raise its flag against the "political class" and rise as a champion of purity and austerity. And the spokesperson of the extreme right, Pepa Millán, was there to deplore both the "elephantine structure" of a government that has established a "clientelist network" of "grateful stomachs" and to express her "absolute perplexity" at the PP's agreement with people of that stripe. In such a way that the first plenary session of the legislature ended up leading to a small family quarrel in the ranks of the right.
Millán pointed to the popular bench: "With one hand they call for demonstrations on Sundays and with the other they consent to continue undermining the rule of law and the constitutional order." As its leader, Santiago Abascal, has done on other occasions, the Vox spokesperson asked the PP to be consistent with the speeches of its leaders who warn of the end of democracy: "It may be that you do not believe your own complaints, that you do not believe that the rule of law and the constitutional order are in serious danger. We, of course, do believe it, and we're not going to whitewash it or collaborate."
Montesinos had to forget about the government for a while and respond to Millán's "demagoguery." She focused on ridiculing the amendment to the totality presented by Vox, which, according to her, reveals that "they have not even read the Regulations" and that they use "the same legal tricks as these gentlemen," she said, pointing to the benches of the left.
Millán also met with the socialist Juan Francisco Serrano, who reproached him for the fact that no one from Vox has renounced their allowances in the commissions while they cry out indignantly against the spending of these bodies. Txema Guijarro, from Sumar, expressed his fear that the agreement with the PP will be the first and last of the legislature. "All may not be lost yet," he said, though his words were more ironic than hopeful.
The session also served as an opportunity for some of the formations that are part of what has been called the Plurinational Group of Sumar to present credentials and give the Government homework. Águeda Micó, from Compromís, anticipated that she will not cease to demand better regional funding for the Valencian Community. Vicenç Vidal, from Mès por Mallorca, predicted that the ministers will end up knowing him as the "deputy of insularity" because he will not let up in demanding compensation from the Balearic Islands for the difficulties involved in this geographical peculiarity.
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