In the end, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Community of Madrid, ends up admitting it: “You use the Assembly as a television set where you sit down every week to comment on current events.” The accusation of the opposition only portrays the conservative leader’s own political strategy, always pending to dominate the media agenda, and summarizes the concatenation of hyperboles, exaggerations and hypervitaminized statements that are concentrated this Thursday in the control session of the Government in the Assembly regional. Ayuso arrives at it after starring in another string of clashes against the central Executive. One day she accuses him of indoctrinating students with the new education law (LOMLOE). To the other, she warns that she will send inspectors to review the textbooks used in Madrid. And later she appeals the high school curriculum before the Supreme Court, arguing that Pedro Sánchez is trying to change Spain “through the back door”. She pure dynamite. And the opposition receives her with dynamite, which accelerates the virulence of her accusations as the municipal and regional elections of May 2023 approach.
“A kind of court of the Inquisition has been set up to censor textbooks in the purest style of Nazi Germany, and it is that it wants to eliminate concepts as dangerous and Bolshevik as climate change and gender violence,” says Carolina Alonso, spokesperson de Podemos, in reference to the review of content that the Madrid inspectors will do, and to all the terms decided by the State that is trying to eliminate the Community from the Infant, Primary, ESO and Baccalaureate curricula. “She is irresponsible,” she accuses her. “What you are doing has already been done by Mr. Putin.”
Everything has to do with the crusade opened by Ayuso against the Government in educational matters. Madrid has advanced that it is considering appealing the new law on universities to the Constitutional Court, despite the fact that it is still being processed. He has also tried to neutralize the content that he does not like in the ESO and Baccalaureate decrees. He has challenged the Executive by betting on limiting the number of suspensions with which he passes the course. And the High School decree has also been appealed to the Supreme Court, with the aim of having it provisionally suspended and for the course to start with the same books as last year. This appeal, already admitted for processing, is exceptional: no other region governed by the PP (Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla y León and Murcia) has raised it, despite the fact that Madrid has had the endorsement of the party’s national leadership.
As if all these conflicts set the tone for the control session, the entire opposition begins to add complaints against Ayuso, who listens, to begin with, to those of Vox, his only possible partner in the Chamber.
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“Vox’s proposals are not a priority for this government,” complains Rocío Monasterio, the spokeswoman for the extreme right, perhaps without realizing that this is evidence of the contradiction that her party supports the PP in all votes, without it happening otherwise. And she accuses: “They knock them down next to the left.”
Juan Lobato, the general secretary of the PSOE in Madrid, also comes to the attack: “We are already fed up with what you are doing with public health. You have no limits, you continue with your scheduled dismantling plan for public health. Forget the insults and attacks your writers send you.”
And Mónica García, spokesperson for Más Madrid, is not far behind: “I will not tolerate you coming here to blur the image of our educational system with your controversies!”
For once, Ayuso does not choose to add fuel to the fire. On the contrary. He hits with an iron fist in a silk glove. Without raising her tone, she answers her rivals one by one, and, for the first time in the legislature, she places herself in the position of a victim, accusing the rest of the parties of uniting against her, just as if she were not the president, the stage is the plenary session of the Assembly, and the reason for the appointment that has brought everyone together, to control the Government.
“About what bullying She talks to me!” she exclaims in response to García, the leader of Más Madrid, who recently accused her of harassing her in the Chamber. “If all plenaries are four against one, using the same times [de intervención]”, Add. “If you fall short in debates because you fall below me, assume that maybe this situation is too big for you.”
Then, the president of the Community leaves the Parliament. With it, most photographers retire. Inside are the majority of deputies. That is when the debate on the problems that affect the day-to-day life of citizens begins.
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