Villa de Mazo (La Palma) (EFE).- The President of the Government and General Secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, has revalidated this Saturday in La Palma the commitment that he acquired with its inhabitants not to forget the island once they left the media after the volcanic eruption.
“We do not choose the crises, but we do choose how we respond to them,” Sánchez said at a party event in Villa de Mazo, on his eleventh visit to the island since the eruption.
It has guaranteed the palmeros that the Government will continue working on the recovery of the island until all the problems of those affected have been resolved and it has shown its solidarity with the residents of La Bombilla and Puerto Naos, who are still unable to return to their homes. by gas emissions.
He announced that the Council of Ministers will approve next Tuesday measures to offset the effects of inflation in the primary sector in Spain, aid from which La Palma will also benefit, for whose recovery from the volcanic crisis more than 500 million euros have been allocated euros and for which another 140 million are budgeted in 2023.
The head of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, has also advanced that the Government will approve in the next Council of Ministers direct aid to all farmers due to the increase in prices derived from the war.
The president recalled that in his first visits to the island on the occasion of the eruption, the palm trees asked him that in this unprecedented volcanic crisis all the institutions would work “hand in hand” and without political differences.
The Government has been committed to that in the past sixteen months “unlike what other administrations did” in other catastrophes, among which he cited the Lorca earthquake.
The president of the Canary Islands and general secretary of the PSOE on the islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, who accompanied Sánchez at the party event, also referred to the volcanic crisis in his speech and accused those who previously governed the islands, referring to Canary Coalition, of lacking “moral and ethical value” to affirm that the aid does not arrive.
When the promised aid did not arrive, it was in 2005 with the Delta storm or when there were large floods, at the time when CC governed, but on this occasion the palm trees and palm trees who lost their homes in a few weeks already had housing and the island has received more than 500 million euros in aid, he highlighted.
“Let’s vindicate what has been done, surely it can be done better, but with other governments it would always have been worse,” Torres said.
He assured that the PSOE came to the Government of Spain and the Government of the Canary Islands “to do things differently”, and this has happened, he maintained, and cited the defense of public health, the revaluation of pensions, the minimum vital income or the increase in the minimum wage.
Now “we have to work hard” before the elections in May and December “because the threats are many and we have to consolidate the government of the people,” he told his co-religionists.
Criticism of the opposition
Sánchez has accused the party led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo of being the “prophets of the apocalypse” and of being installed in the “blockade”, an attitude that has opposed the action of the Government, with “zero triumphalism” and solutions for the people.
For Sánchez, it is still curious that the popular ones assure that there is a “hidden plan of the evil Sánchez, who wants to establish a Bolivarian republic for a collectivist economy”, that democracy and the homeland are in danger and, after calling a demonstration last Saturday in Cibeles “with those nostalgic for the dictatorship”, do not go.
«This defending the homeland should be from Monday to Friday, because, of course, it is very tiring to spend all day announcing the apocalypse and affirming that the homeland must be defended, but during work days, because during the weekends what there is What to do is rest, ”he ironized.
He has once again highlighted the unprecedented events that the Government has had to face since it arrived in La Moncloa and has given the eruption of the La Palma volcano as an example, where in 16 months 500 million euros have been deployed, to the that must be added to the 140 million foreseen in next year’s budgets for the reconstruction of the island.
“We do not choose the crises, but we do choose how we respond”, remarked Sánchez, who has indicated that his recipe involves defending the people and social justice. A management that he has compared with the one carried out by the PP government in the previous financial crisis.
Faced with the “neoliberal response” of that time, in which -he has said- prevailed “every man for himself” and bankrupt banks were rescued, the Government, in the face of the crisis generated by the war in Ukraine, has raised pensions according to the CPI and he has told the large financial institutions that they have to contribute more for the extraordinary benefits.
“Of course there is a difference between a government of the left and one of the right,” Sánchez continued, for whom, before the next elections in May and December, the Executive will continue to do what it always does in non-electoral years, work to give dignity labor and wages and to reinforce the welfare state.
In short, he has added, to “protect the people”, against those who defend the interests of a very powerful minority that does not represent the majority.