The PP deputy for Barcelona and former spokesperson for the Popular Group in Congress, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, has justified this Thursday by “coherence” her support for the application of article 155 of the Constitution in Catalonia to guarantee teaching in Spanish, since that, as he has stressed, he cannot vote in the Lower House “the opposite” of what he defended in the demonstration last Sunday in Barcelona.
This is how he pronounced himself after distancing himself from his parliamentary group by supporting Vox’s initiative to apply article 155, while the rest of the Popular Group has voted against that point – he has abstained on the other four. That specific proposal from Santiago Abascal’s party has also received the support of Ciudadanos.
“I think that in politics as in life, a minimum consistency is required,” Álvarez de Toledo declared, after voting on that Vox text, which the government parties and nationalist and independentist formations have overthrown.
The PP deputy for Barcelona has stated that she cannot “vote in Congress the opposite” of what she defended “four days ago in the street”, alluding to the demonstration that the association ‘Escuela de todos’ called last Sunday in favor of Spanish in Catalan schools with the motto ‘Spanish, vehicular language’.
«I cannot vote in Madrid the opposite of what I defended in Barcelona. I cannot vote in the hemicycle the opposite of what I defended in the demonstration,” Álvarez de Toledo assured Europa Press.
In addition, he has indicated that he transferred the meaning of his vote to the direction of the Popular Group in Congress. “I have made this known to the management of my group and I take full responsibility,” he said.
Last Sunday’s demonstration in Barcelona brought together PP, Cs, Vox and Valents leaders, such as the general secretary of the PP, Cuca Gamarra; the president of Vox, Santiago Abascal; the president of Cs, Inés Arrimadas; the president of Valents, Eva Parera; the leader of Cs in Catalonia, Carlos Carrizosa; the leader of Vox in Catalonia, Ignacio Garriga, and the leader of the Catalan PP, Alejandro Fernández.
Vox and Cs criticized the absence of the PP leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who that same day was closing a PP Interparliamentary in Toledo. “All of us who are here, are also there,” he proclaimed, to guarantee that if he wins the elections he will use “all the tools of the rule of law” to achieve “linguistic cordiality” in Spain.