Cristina Serena Trujillo
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In an interview with Agencia EFE, Picazo analyzes the accusations that the PP makes to the orange formation of “seguidism” in Castilla-La Mancha against the PSOE for its pacts in the town halls, while the ‘popular’ are open to Capture the “talent” of CS people who are willing to join their ranks.
Picazo admits that he does not know why the accusation of “following” made by the PP is due, as he recalls that CS also governs in coalition with the ‘popular’ in some town halls and claims that the orange formation has criticized the PSOE both in governments local as in the regional with as much harshness “or even more than the PP” in some cases.
“We have our personality, our idiosyncrasies. We are clear about our ideas”, says Picazo, who emphasizes: “We are not a franchise of any party”.
It highlights that only 5% of positions and councilors have left CS
For this reason, given the declarations of the PP that the doors are open to the incorporation of people from other parties, and since, for example, in La Solana (Ciudad Real) the one who was a candidate for mayor in 2019 for CS is for the PP for the May elections, Picazo provides “significant data”, as it is that “in all of Spain, of all the councilors and positions of CS, only 5 percent have left the ranks or have gone to another game”.
“95 percent are in CS”, highlights the president of the party in the region, who wonders “what they want” when talking about “this transfer that they want to sell.”
In any case, he acknowledges that it is “proud” that other parties consider that the CS team and its councilors have talent and wonders if “they are wanted.”
Picazo assures that CS knows how to dialogue
In general, he ensures that the relationship of the Ciudadanos parliamentary group in the Cortes, made up of four deputies out of 33, has good relations with the rest of the groups -PSOE and PP- and also in the region’s town halls.
This is due to the fact that CS “is a party that knows how to dialogue, that speaks with the rest of the parties”, as in his opinion it has shown when it has agreed with the PSOE and the regional government, such as due to the pandemic.
However, he considers that “sometimes it is difficult to talk about dialogue when the opponent is not very willing to carry out what has been agreed.”
At this point, he alludes to the creation of an investigative commission in the regional courts on the management carried out by the regional executive in the first wave of the pandemic, a commission whose creation -he emphasizes- was signed with the Castilian-La Mancha government, but which has not been established.
“It is something that I deeply regret, because the word of a politician is worth, it should be worth. But when you do not fulfill it, what is the word worth? What can we expect from a politician who tells us, but then doesn’t comply?” reflects Picazo.
“You are left with the penalty that it has not been managed well”
In this way, Picazo is critical of the management carried out by the regional government during the first stage of the pandemic, because “although it was a very difficult time for all governments”, he considers that in Castilla-La Mancha “improvisation prevailed”. and also regrets that it was not managed with “due speed”.
“You are left as an orphan, due to a leadership that has not been had here, and you are left with the penalty that it has not been known how to manage it well,” says Picazo.
However, he defends that his party closed agreements with the PSOE during those months, which have later been transformed into laws, some even unanimously approved in the Cortes.
He stresses that these were moments of “responsibility, of trying to contribute, so that new mistakes are not made”, Picazo argues that, however, he denounces breaches by the Executive, such as that of the investigation commission in the Courts of the management of the covid.
Stresses that CS raises the needs of citizens
Regarding the work that the parliamentary group that he presides over throughout the Legislature has carried out, Picazo makes a “very positive” balance because he defends that he has proposed “initiatives that responded to the needs” of the Castilian-Manchegos.
In this way, remember the proposals to deal with childhood obesity or the excessive time that minors spend in front of screens, surrogacy, ALS or the freedom of parents to choose the educational center they want to take their children to .
“We have talked about issues that other parties would not have dared to talk about,” Picazo assesses.
And he regrets that in parliamentary debates, the rest of the parties always propose the same issues, such as health waiting lists, which “is a very important issue, but the same thing has been debated five, seven, ten times.”