Inmaculada Nieto: "There is no measure more Andalusian than the labor reform"

Inmaculada Nieto (Algeciras, Cádiz, 51 years old) leads the left-wing coalition For Andalusia, forged after a very complicated negotiation between IU, Podemos and Más País. After a decade in the autonomous Parliament, this political scientist faces the challenge of leading the first electoral list that brings together Íñigo Errejón’s party with that of his former colleagues, Podemos, and with IU, the formation with the most experience and implementation of the three In Andalucia. The candidacy is completed with Equo, the Andalusian People’s Initiative and the Andalusian Green Alliance. The tensions during that negotiation overshadowed the success of an agreement that can serve as a benchmark for expanding the political space that Yolanda Díaz is seeking on a national scale. In this interview, Nieto defends the management of the second vice president of the Government, claims “useful Andalusianism” against Teresa Rodríguez’s proposal and warns that the PP represents a greater “problem” than Vox: “The extreme right is the PP without filters”, he says.

Ask. You began the campaign by apologizing for the image of disunity that the formations integrated in Por Andalucía had given. How can internal noise influence the electorate?

Response. Apologizing is a trait of honesty. Assuming that you have had difficulties and generated uncertainty is positive. From there, it is working very well, the problems are left behind. The campaign is exemplifying that all political forces are as one.

P. What guarantees does the voter have that after the elections these problems will not flare up again?

R. Podemos and IU had an agreement to work together that they signed in 2015. Seven years have passed and we are still together, now with more people. We are on a good path. There is no other territory in which that space has been recomposed. I don’t see any major problem.

P. Is it possible to rebuild unity with Teresa Rodríguez [su partido, Adelante Andalucía, quedó fuera de la coalición]?

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R. We have called for a progressive and Andalusian government, and we have spoken of the need to lead it. All the forces that have representation in the Chamber, if they want to govern, will feel concerned by this call.

We are a useful Andalusianism, not anchored in the grievance”

P. Why does a left-wing voter on 19-J have to vote for Por Andalucía and not Adelante Andalucía?

R. Because we are a project to govern Andalusia. A useful Andalusianism not anchored in the grievance, but in the leadership that Andalusian power can have in our land and in the state context.

P. How can the results in Andalusia condition Yolanda Díaz’s national project?

R. It’s going to be positive. We are her people in Andalusia and we are going to strive for her to be the first female president of the Government of Spain. But we are an organic leg of a process that she has conceived as a much broader social process, which is not like the one we have done here.

P. To what extent do you expect your involvement in the campaign to influence the outcome?

R. Very positively. Díaz is a very popular woman on the street, who has made decisions that have brought joy to the houses: the increase in the minimum wage, the revaluation of pensions, the labor reform. She is a woman from the Galician outskirts, she knows this country and its plurality very well. There is no measure more Andalusian than the labor reform.

P. Were you surprised by the stir caused in your previous interview with EL PAÍS by the headline that they would consider abstaining to prevent Vox from entering the Government?

R. I have found with great regret that thinking is not carried.

P. Do you think that if the PSOE does not reflect on this abstention, it is putting its partisan interests before political values?

R. I am not going to assess the motivations of other political actors. Now, I think everyone should give it a thought. And the first, [Juan Manuel] Dark.

We are going to strive for Yolanda Díaz to be the first president of the Government of Spain”

P. Do we have to directly confront the extreme right or is that giving them gasoline?

R. In the end, the extreme right is the uninhibited PP, the PP without filters. The problem is the PP, which has had geometry in the Chamber to make decisions very different from those it has taken. It has an economic and social agenda that is very damaging to the general interest. A very old-fashioned way of understanding politics, institutions and the economy, aside from what the European right is doing now, which is intervening in the housing market, talking about fiscal progressivity and corporate tax for large companies .

P. Why do you get the feeling that you put more emphasis on defending the policies of the PSOE-UP coalition government than Swords?

R. He will see what he does. I am very proud of what my colleagues are doing and I tell it.

P. What do you propose to improve the unemployment data?

R. A government is needed that is not submissive to the labor reform and that ensures its application and that of the rest of the legislative package of the central government. Not applying the law of the food chain is unemployment and ruin in the countryside. When you hear Moreno talk about employment, give her the face of Yolanda Díaz, because everything she presumes comes from the reform that her party has taken to the Constitutional Court.

P. What causes explain the apathy of the left-wing voter?

R. The profusion of surveys has generated a certain resignation. More factors have contributed and some of our management of the pandemic, but they speak well of us: we have not thrown the deceased from covid in Moreno’s face as the right has done with Pedro Sánchez.

Moreno denies the problems with a cheek that denotes frivolity”

P. Does that affect what the opposition has not been able to erode Moreno’s image as a moderate?

R. No, the truth is that we have invested quite a lot of public resources so that Mr. Moreno has the image that he has. We have done our job. But I think that the report of this kind gentleman who is levitating above the problems or denying them with a brazenness that denotes a certain frivolity has had a greater public projection.

P. What would be a good result for you?

R. Win the election.

P. How many seats would they be satisfied with?

R. There must be a progressive and Andalusian government, and there will be. In seats the progress block must have half plus one.

The most serene, the most unknown

Natalia Junquera

“The serenity” of Inmaculada Nieto (Algeciras, Cádiz, 51 years old) is often highlighted and she must have needed it in the heart attack negotiation to register the coalition she heads: For Andalusia. The atomized left took so long to come to an agreement that she almost did not arrive —in fact, a part, Podemos, did not reach the registry— and the veteran parliamentarian of the United Left had to start her campaign asking for forgiveness for so much “restlessness”.
Nieto prevailed over the man Podemos was betting on, Juan Antonio Delgado, which aired the differences between Yolanda Díaz and Pablo Iglesias: “We have returned to the parties, the offices, the stab wounds. It’s the worst way to start,” he said. “I’m not going to generate any type of headline” —he added, contradicting himself— “that harms neither Yolanda nor the candidacy of the change, the broad front or whatever it ends up being called.” Nieto attributed it to an excess of “testosterone”. The candidate represents, in any case, a first test for Díaz’s confluence project.
In the debates, he usually uses the first minutes to present his coalition, made up of IU, Podemos, Más País, Alianza Verde, Verde-EQUO and the Andalusian People’s Initiative, so that there is no confusion with Adelante Andalucía, which is the coalition of which was part of it in 2018 and that he shared with Teresa Rodríguez. When Rodríguez broke with Iglesias, Nieto and United We Can ask for his expulsion from the parliamentary group for “transfuguismo”. They succeeded, but in revenge, Rodríguez kept the brand, Adelante Andalucía.
The CIS places the serene Nieto as the least known candidate among the top six (only 35.8% know who she is). And that has been in the Andalusian Parliament for 10 years, which, according to the IU statutes, would prevent him from repeating -by presenting himself for the coalition For Andalusia he can get around that limit-. Between 2007 and 2011 she was a councilor of the Algeciras City Council. She has a degree in Political Science and is finishing Law. She affiliated with CC OO she is also the first woman from IU who aspires to chair the Board.

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