Nobody wants to know anything about Vox in the Andalusian campaign
The president of the Junta de Andalucía and PP candidate, Juan Manuel Moreno, last Thursday on a visit to the port of Fuengirola (Málaga).
The president of the Junta de Andalucía and PP candidate, Juan Manuel Moreno, last Thursday on a visit to the port of Fuengirola (Málaga).. (PP/EFE)

There are two different battles in the Andalusian campaign. Almost everyone, from the PP to the alternative left, is on one side, discussing their community. Opposite, a lone boxer fights to save Spain: Macarena Olona. While all the others – the PP the first – insist on the prosaic message that this is only about Andalusia, the Vox candidate climbs to the heights of the epic: “The game that is played on June 19 is Spain. And, depending on the results, if Spain is given the finishing touch or if a true source of hope is created”. Olona warns the Andalusians in the digital The Liberal: It depends on them that Spain does not succumb.

It had already been seen in the televised debate last Monday, in which five candidates spoke about hospitals and schools while Olona distributed diatribes against feminism and Islamic culture, issues that no survey has discovered among the main concerns of Andalusians. Macarena from Salobrena, as she calls herself, she does nothing to deny her rivals when they accuse Vox of using Andalusia as a springboard to the Government of Spain. In the PP they whisper the message – without support in the polls known until now – that the lack of an Andalusian discourse is taking its toll on Olona.

Vox has so far staged a less successful campaign than expected. Olona has played a lot not to expose herself. She has avoided interviews with the regional public media and has starred in rather small acts. Santiago Abascal is turning to reinforce the campaign. Regardless of his final performance, the extreme right appears as the Gordian knot of these elections. The proof is the insistence of all the others in establishing themselves as a guarantee that Vox will not govern. The popular Juan Manuel Moreno claims a “sufficient majority” to be able to dispense with such a company. Juan Marín, from Ciudadanos, asks that they vote for him so that Moreno retains a reliable partner. And the different lefts assure that there are only two alternatives: either they themselves form their government cocktail or the rights will do it, including their most indigestible doses. “The PP is betting on the past and the extreme right, we are on the future,” Minister Félix Bolaños declared this Friday, campaigning with the PSOE in Malaga, where he attended an act in memory of La Desbandá, the massacre of thousands of civilians. Andalusians by the Francoist aviation in the Civil War.

Moreno, in his image as a calm, affable and smiling man, has mostly chosen to ignore Vox. But this Friday he took advantage of an interview in the SER with Àngels Barceló to distance himself from the extreme right. He wondered what Vox’s “interest” could be in participating in a “Government in which he does not believe”, since he advocates suppressing autonomies. And he explained that his aspiration is to capture the support of a “calm and serene majority”, to which he offers to preserve “the political climate of Andalusia, where it is discussed serenely in Parliament.”

Nor is it that Moreno promises that he will never govern with Vox, although he continues to play with the warning that, if necessary, his pulse would not tremble to force new elections. What he assures is that there are things that he will not renounce in any case: the Statute of Autonomy and the policies against “gender violence” —in the SER he emphasized the term— and against climate change, those issues that Vox reduces to “mantras of the progressive consensus”.

The left found this Friday with bad and good news. The bad, the weather report: several days with the thermometer hovering around or exceeding 40 degrees are not the best help to get the progressive electorate out of their torpor. The PSOE candidate, Juan Espadas, commented on it stoically in an act with people from the culture of Seville, before compensating him with the good news: “The vote by mail has doubled that of 2018″. Mobilize, mobilize and mobilize is the incessant motto of the left. Swords never tires of repeating it, appealing even to those who feel “angry or disappointed”. “We cannot think that this does not go with me, that it does not matter, that the result is already foreseen…”, he insisted. “The model of society is at stake.” Meanwhile, in Malaga, Bolaños, between evocations of the butcher’s shop in La Desbandá, raised the danger of the “far right” to appeal to “the 40% undecided”.

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To help the mobilization of the left, Pedro Sánchez and Yolanda Díaz arrive, on a weekend in which there will be no national leader without passing through Andalusia: Alberto Núñez Feijóo, Santiago Abascal and Inés Arrimadas will also parade. Díaz attends her first rally with the candidate for Por Andalucía, Inmaculada Nieto, together with Íñigo Errejón, a very symbolic image of the attempts to recompose the pieces of the broken vase on the left of the left. The second vice president has ended up getting more involved than expected in the campaign, with two other events scheduled for the last week.

Forward Andalusia goes by free, dispensing with national leaders. Her candidate, Teresa Rodríguez, continues to cultivate a combative social message, but her first banner is no longer anti-capitalism, but Andalusianism. Rodríguez has forgotten her anger after Por Andalucía’s attempt to exclude him from television debates, she has ceased the attacks and has joined that kind of non-aggression pact between leftist groups.

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