In recent days, Julio Ariza has shared his reflections on the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and the political situation in Spain on El Toro TV‘s Dando Caña programme. Ariza points out that the PSOE faces widespread corruption dating back to the time of Felipe González, who is now being presented as a formidable statesman. Ariza argues that no institution was exempt from this corruption, and everyone knows which ones he is referring to.
“You look in the mirror and you see widespread corruption since the time of Felipe González, whom they are now trying to turn into a formidable statesman, where there was not a single institution that was free of this corruption. You all know which institutions I am referring to”.
Ariza also talks about how the media are positioning themselves in relation to the motion of censure presented by VOX. According to Ariza, some media are in favour of the PSOE, while others are in favour of the Partido Popular (PP). For him, this depends on the media’s expectations of the next government and how they may be treated in terms of institutional advertising and other handouts in the future.
Regarding the motion of censure, Julio Ariza argues that in situations of political and social emergency such as the current one, where the government is violating the limits to make policy and laws, fundamental rights are being systematically circumvented and the government governs through decree laws, it is necessary to have instruments for opposition. However, according to Ariza, the Constitutional Court, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Court of Auditors and the free media are not available for effective opposition, as they are controlled by the government.
Ariza argues that the motion of censure is the instrument left at the disposal of political parties that have more than 30 or 35 deputies in the Congress of Deputies. According to him, the motion of censure is a wake-up call to the population to defend itself against what is happening in the country.
“The motion of censure is an instrument that puts in the hands of political parties, specifically those with more than 30 or 35 MPs. And he refers to the fact that it is an instrument by which the population is given a wake-up call: “hey, look what’s going on. Let’s defend ourselves against this”.
As for the PSOE’s current situation, Ariza believes that it is becoming more complicated due to the “Mediator Case”, in which around twenty members of the party are accused of corruption. Ariza wonders how Pedro Sánchez will be able to defend himself against these arguments after having taken the motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy to the Congress of Deputies.
“I think that the moment of the motion of censure is getting complicated for the government because what is happening around the Socialist Party and the “Mediator Case” is extremely serious. It’s very serious that there are two dozen members of this party who are covered to the marrow in corruption, because they’re in a mess.
In short, Julio Ariza considers that the motion of censure is a necessary instrument in a dramatic, complex and harsh situation such as the current one. He also believes that the widespread corruption in the PSOE is a serious problem that hinders the government’s position in the face of a motion of censure.