Alberto Ferreras | Zamora (EFE).- The one who was the first president of the Junta de Castilla y León between 1983 and 1986, the socialist Demetrio Madrid, has denounced the “attack on the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy itself” that is taking place with the current Autonomous government of Alfonso Fernández Mañueco after putting Vox and his advisers in his “bed”.
“The president of the Community has put them in the same bed and they condition and decide”, Demetrio Madrid lamented in an interview with the EFE Agency on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Statute of Autonomy, which is celebrated this Saturday.
The dismantling of the Labor Relations Service (Serla) of Castilla y León is “one more example” of these threats to rights included in the Magna Carta and the Statute, according to the first regional president, who has emphasized that there are “some attempts more serious, such as the fact of decaffeinating Community Day”.
In this regard, he has regretted that they are trying to “destroy” the memory of what the community movement was, which constituted “a huge effort to achieve a modern and advanced country.”
If he had triumphed, “Spain and Europe would be totally different” since it was prior to other struggles against absolutism that did triumph, such as the Glorious of England or the French Revolution, he has reasoned, to further argue that the reason for decaffeinating the commemoration of Villalar He responds to the fact that it is a sign “of freedom, democracy and popular expression, and therefore all this bothers them.”
Free bar to be castellano or leones
On the autonomous configuration of Castilla y León, he has considered that it is necessary to give “open bar” and not to have a debate on the etymology of the natives of this Autonomous Community: “Whoever wants to call himself Castilian or Leonese; In some writings I put Castilian-Leonese and other times Castilian and Leonese, it depends, ”he declared.
He has added that it is not necessary to enter into “a substantive discussion” and that it must be “accepted without further ado” that the Autonomous Community has two regions.
Both Leonese and Castilians coincide, in his opinion, in showing a “very clear feeling for the country, for Spain” and then there is a socioeconomic situation that facilitates the division between a Burgos-Palencia-Valladolid axis, with a more industrial and economic rhythm developed, and another axis to the west of the Community that drags “an important delay” that was visible sixty years ago.
For this reason, it has demanded more attention for that area, both from Europe, as well as from the national, regional and provincial governments, which must “begin to discriminate positively” in the territories from which people emigrate due to lack of opportunities. professional or economic
“That corresponds to all of us, but in a special way to the institutions and in this case fundamentally to the Autonomous Community” since the Government of Spain “is behaving well” by managing to attract European funds for this purpose, Demetrio Madrid has maintained. .
Regarding the current political landscape, with the emergence of local and other national parties as an alternative to the PP and PSOE, he pointed out that in other times “bipartisanship seemed to come to solve all problems” and favored State agreements but now there is a cycle that he has described as “a situation of the moment”, since the new formations “are not going to have much political life”.
The salary of the first president
The first president of the Junta de Castilla y León, who at 86 years of age fully conserves his physical and mental faculties, has admitted that he is not satisfied with the evolution of the Community in the forty years of Autonomy because “greater political impulse, greater ambition and rely more on the citizens”.
From his time as the first autonomous president, three months after the approval of the Statute of Autonomy, he recalled that he traveled region by region to explain the new territorial organization and encourage support and be proud of it. As a curiosity, he has also offered a detail, what the regional president was earning at the time: 450,000 pesetas a month, about 2,700 euros. EFE