Iván Espinosa de los Monteros leaves Vox and the news is not so much his departure as his absence. What his resignation leaves, explained with discursive neatness in a five-minute appearance before the media, is the verification of how mediocrity with command can do more in politics than thinking talent. The only formation that seemed to face the systemic option of turnismo with voice and vote frays manu militari from within, imposed the strategy of those who prefer to be the United Left of the right rather than accept growing on its less covered flanks and reach the category of party truly national. For everyone and with everyone. Also with different sensibilities within.
A party without a soul is a party doomed to drift aimlessly, to the future nothingness, and to wander in the meantime. At Vox they decided a long time ago to go all-out in the laudable ideological fight, getting rid of excess baggage, usually free and liberal ideas, which, by definition, bother the fit of all cupulocracy. The last purged, expelled or invited to leave – from the truth to the euphemism there is only one press conference – is the one who put sanity before the revelry of the harassing left-handed party, offering a friendly face to so many fake headlines.
Espinosa de los Monteros embodies calm politics under firm principles. A parliamentary and media speaker educated in the forms as a method of fitting the background, be it in ideas or prefabricated mantras. He explains the economy for progressives as if it were for dummies, with such simplicity that even a son of the LOGSE would understand. At Vox he was always the calm voice before a media accustomed to receiving search and arrest warrants towards a formation that was born with labels before voters. He reached out to people in a sympathetic way despite that stony face reminiscent of the classical sculptures chiseled by Phidias. His departure confirms the cessation of neatness, discretion and argument in the face of noise and the militant slogan.
A drift that, however, was seen coming. Before Iván, they gave the door to Víctor Sánchez from Real and Rubén Manso, two essential profiles in any match, with experience and experience in the communication sector, one, and in the economy, the other. Manso devised the most economically liberal program that has been in Spain recently, until the protectionist turn of recent times swallowed up any hope of living in a Spain where the State is not the main employer of the citizen. And Sánchez del Real championed campaigns from a strategy of discourse and message that positioned the conservative formation as a government option in the eyes of four million Spaniards. But Spain is not a country that rewards merit, or success, or excellence. Our history has been one of purge, blackmail, defiance and trenches. Espinosa is the umpteenth liberal to leave, but he will not be the last. Ivan and will not return, neither the votes, nor the voters.
When the will of the commissioner or the secretariat is imposed, as my friend and former comrade Javier Nart would say, those who resist their mandates have little or nothing to do. In Vox they decided a long time ago that the skies could also be assaulted with visceral patriotism, closer to the factory worker than to the academy worker, and if one observes where Europe is going, this dramatic turn of speech is understood. The rest of us are the wrong ones and the current cultural battle demands a right that is more social than liberal, more urban than urbanite.
We know that there are iron politicians who do not like white-collar politicians with their own voice, and who, to avoid suspicion, presume to defend internal freedom as long as they are in line with the imposed mandate. The opposite is disloyalty and loose verse, and that, given the threat of votes, causes fear. But it is never good for a country that those most prepared to manage it leave politics or do not want to be in it. Above all, so as not to put up with the crazy mediocrity of someone who feels important with a seat under their rear. With the departure of Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, Vox is over. Long live Voxadé.
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