Alberto Núñez Feijóo emerged yesterday internally and externally reinforced from his first investiture session, and loaded with the political and moral authority necessary for his alternative to serve as an effective counterweight to the Government of Pedro Sánchez. After his appointment by the King as leader of the most voted party on 23-J, and aware that his aspiration will not prosper, Feijóo knew how to take advantage of the opportunity to solidify his leadership in the center-right by widening that space. His sea speech

ca a before and after, also within the whole of the PP, by setting the guidelines of the project that embodies against the rupturist block of Sánchez.

A bloc that yesterday insisted on a frontist speech, especially from the hand of the socialist deputy Óscar Puente, who with his demagogic intervention allowed Sánchez to avoid talking about amnesty and that sealed

one of the most degrading moments of the PSOE in the Lower House.

Both in tone and substance, with a clear appeal to a way of governing that recovers "the principles", "the limits", "the word" and the great consensus of the State, the leader of the PP

represented institutional normality as a guarantor of freedom and equality.

, in the face of the divisive exceptionality of the caretaker government: in its bankruptcy of legality, in its colonization of the control bodies and of the Justice and in its desire to violate the Constitution by granting amnesty to the defendants of the


in exchange for the votes of the pro-independence parties. While the PSOE delves into its radical drift hand in hand with its partners with the sole purpose of retaining power, the leader


he proclaimed himself heir to the values of the Transition, and even to the previous presidents of the Government in their refusal to submit to independence blackmail.

But Feijóo was also constructive and proposed a reasonable government program, aimed at the social majority and focused on major reforms – among them, that of the Senate as an authentic territorial Chamber – with young people as a reference and with concrete measures to address the real problems of citizenship. He raised the flag of equality among Spaniards, abandoned by the PSOE, and defended the need to talk about the needs of all autonomous communities and not only those governed by nationalist parties. He proposed, in short,

a model of open society, a way of understanding life, a plan for democratic regeneration and a civic idea of Spain

identifiable that he will defend as the leader of the opposition with the most effective power in the history of our country.

Feijóo's initial intervention and his replies – also firm in their response to the nationalist parties – left out of place

Santiago Abascal.

The president of Vox focused on a victimist speech, but endorsed the candidate. In this area Feijóo also marked the line: a collaborative relationship with his necessary partner, marking the differences that distance them but avoiding at the same time offending their voters.

Sánchez's decision to despise the PP leader by sending Óscar Puente to give him the reply is indefensible. With the intervention of the former mayor of Valladolid, far from all parliamentary courtesy and a frivolity and radicalism unbecoming of the second party in the Chamber, Sánchez wanted to ridicule the candidate



demoted the entire Congress.

Feijóo's success was not to respond to Cainism with Cainism, so that Sánchez's strategy ended up underlining better, by contrast, the candidate's institutional commitment. In the face of the ostentatious silence of the acting president,

it was Sumar on behalf of the government who openly defended the amnesty

, while ERC called for a referendum on self-determination.

Yesterday's session marks a harsh and anti-institutional tone that may be the prelude to the next legislature, if Sánchez finally gets the votes he needs in the opaque negotiations that his Government is carrying out. To the growing erosion of the House that represents us all, its president also contributed,

Francina Armengol

, who conducted himself with sectarianism and without showing the authority that his office requires.


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