After months in the background, the exporter of the Popular Party in the Congress of Deputies, the also deputy for Barcelona Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, has reappeared this Friday in an act of the Catalan campaign of his political formation, to cover the candidate Alejandro Fernandez. The event also had the presidency of Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former leader of the PP and one of the founders of Vox but who, as he explained himself, is now not a member of any party after leaving the extreme right due to his discrepancies with Santiago Abascal. The act coincides with Pablo Casado’s attempt to compete with Vox in the Catalan campaign, in the face of polls that predict that the extremist formation could obtain a better result than the popular ones in the elections on the 14th.
During his speech, Álvarez de Toledo has read some “secular commandments” against populism that have served him to lash out harshly against the left and, especially, against the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the PSC candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat, Salvador Illa, whom he has accused of being “the front man of nationalism.” The deputy has argued that the left is acting as “cellophane” of the idea of the independence of Catalonia, which, in her opinion, “is a short of a few seconds, less than a tik tok“or” a dead fiction. “RELATED
For her, PSOE and United We can are acting as “silversmiths” of the process: “Suavecitos on the outside, not a beginning on the inside.” The parliamentarian also wanted to refute the idea that “all” the parties are “guilty” of the Catalan independence process. “I am not guilty, the PSOE is. Illa, too, is the front man of nationalism.” “You will not promote pardons for the coup plotters” was one of those mandates read by Álvarez de Toledo, who has accused Sánchez of wanting to “turn his conjunctural Frankestein into a lasting alliance.” The chief executive intends, in his opinion, to carry out a “constitutional mutation together with the independentistas.” Illa, he said, is “the first way for the fruit of the process to mature.”
Álvarez de Toledo has also reserved one of his last “secular commandments” for Vox: “You will not try to fight nationalism with another nationalism. Proposing a centralist Spain is electoral trilerism. The solution to Spain’s problems is no longer nationalism, neither Catalan nor Spanish “, has settled.
Since last August 17, Casado announced the removal of Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo from the group’s spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies, the controversial deputy for Barcelona had become a new element of internal opposition to the leader of the PP, Pablo Married, who paradoxically was the one who opted for her in 2019, naming her spokesperson with the rejection of the main barons of the party. In this undermining work against the current leadership of Genoa 13, Álvarez de Toledo also has the backing of some of the most right-wing media terminals, such as the EsRadio station run by the personal friend of the popular leader, the announcer Federico Jiménez Losantos.
The same day she was dismissed from office, the parliamentarian deployed more than twenty minutes of criticism of Casado, whom she accused, after summoning journalists at the doors of Congress, of restricting her “freedom” as parliamentary spokesperson, of not supporting her in his judicial crusade to defend that the father of the vice-president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, “is a terrorist” (and so it appears in the Diary of Sessions of the Lower House), or to try to reach an agreement with the PSOE to renew the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), a revelation that according to different popular sources led the PP to rise from the negotiating table with the Government and perpetuate the blockade in the governing body of the judges whose mandate expired two years ago.
Since then, Álvarez de Toledo has launched a campaign to try to maintain the prominence that she achieved during her stage as spokesperson, after Casado’s leadership relegated her from all her positions, keeping her as a low-level deputy. In September, the parliamentarian opened a YouTube channel, which he has called ‘CATilinarias’, in which he attacks the decisions of the leadership of his party and maintains his own media agenda, without coordinating with the Deputy Secretary of Communication led by Pablo Montesinos.