“If the barons changed the direction of the party and put a baron at the helm, the logical thing is that the barons lead the political action of the party,” says a PP leader.
This explains the change that has taken place in the PP since March with the arrival of Alberto Núñez Feijóo and what is happening these weeks with the controversy over taxes in the autonomous communities in which different popular presidents make proposals on this matter.
They do so without coordination or prior knowledge of the party leadership, but within the coherence of a PP in which autonomy is granted to the different communities and, above all, the reduction of taxes that they consider the best is established as a great political framework for their electoral aspirations.
In previous stages of the PP, according to several current leaders, messages were repeated about equality among Spaniards and a certain uniformity in the management of their regional presidents. The dissonance was evident when someone, like Isabel Diaz Ayusowent off script.
In fact, one of the drops that broke the camel’s back and accelerated the coup that ended Paul Married It was what from the organization of the party in the communities was considered constant interference by Genoa. The then number two of the party and general secretary, Theo Garcia Egeawas the executor of that instruction that permanently irritated the regional leaders.
In March, when he assumed the presidency of the PP in Seville, Alberto Núñez Feijóo explained a new party of baronsContrary to organic tradition. The very leadership that came out of that congress was based on a new Betis Pact between the then president of the Xunta de Galicia and the president of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno to “share” the party.
The PP passes like this with the taxes of the unifying message to the autonomy of its regional leaders.
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In the exercise of that autonomy, the barons, with Moreno at the head, have launched themselves to make proposals for tax cuts. “The situation in each community is different from the others.. For example, Andalusia has Malaga with the capacity to receive large fortunes, while others like Galicia already have large established taxpayers and, therefore, the same strategy does not make sense, as they explain.
It has as a possible contraindication that it is seen from Catalonia, where the PP is at a minimum, as an aggression by Andalusia to snatch taxpayers. Genoa’s response is that, on the contrary, it serves to show in Catalonia that there is another way of managing and there is a party that lowers taxes.
The case of Portugal
Another of the contraindications is that, according to the Government’s arguments, lowering taxes puts public services at risk and makes it difficult to request State funds from the central Government. In addition, being the wealth tax, the “rich” are given priority, according to the counterattack argument of the PSOE.
The PP explains that the Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero He said that the wealth tax is unfair and goes against the middle class and, therefore, the socialist president removed it.
They also explain that their proposal not only refers to assets, but also includes the deflation of personal income tax rates that affects low incomes and that, predictably, the Government will end up accepting. I also know put the medal of the reduction of VAT on electricity and gas.
The argument of the PP also points out that the arrival of large taxpayers compensates for the elimination of wealth collection because the IRPF in which they begin to compute rises.
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The populars use as a reference Portugalwhere the socialist government (previously in coalition with communists) favored the great fortunes to collect more and achieved a successful increase in tax collection, which helped it get out of the crisis.
“We are cleaning up Montoro’s legacy”, assures a senior leader of the PP, referring to the Minister of Finance of Mariano Rajoy who responded in 2011 to the economic crisis with a multitude of tax increases.
The electoral program for the 2019 general elections, approved by the team of Paul Married, but formally in force despite the crises due to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, advocated “a tax reduction on personal income tax that will affect all taxpayers. The maximum rate will be below 40%” ; “a reduction of the Corporation Tax, placing the maximum rate below 20%”; “eliminate the Wealth Tax and the Inheritance and Gift Tax for transmissions between parents and children and the rest of the descendant line, as well as between spouses”; “eliminate the Tax on Documented Legal Acts for the constitution of mortgages in the purchase of the habitual residence” and “fiscally encourage savings to extend the fiscal benefits to the habitual residence and savings plans”.
That is, a reduction in practically all taxes.
In any case, Feijóo’s team understands that it favors them that the political framework is that of taxes, they are delighted that it centers the political agenda. They are not interested in the debate on issues such as abortion or “trans law”, because it divides them and, therefore, they avoid it whenever they can.
In fact, the qualitative calls of the internal surveys They point out that citizens identify the PP with tax cuts and therefore influence this matter.
For the convention they will hold in the fall or winter not only will they launch their municipal and regional candidates, but they will also influence the idea of lowering taxes.
They understand that at a time of high inflation, citizens feel that they need more money in their pockets and less in the hands of the State.
The debate on taxes, in any case, has come almost a year before the municipal and regional ones, and more than a year before the general ones and, according to all forecasts, the economic situation will not improve and, therefore, the perception of citizens will be even greater, according to Genoa.
Despite all this, PP leaders admit that they fell into the trap of the Government on the tax on energy companies and banks. His vote against this tax against companies with high profits was used by the Government to accuse them of defending the powerful.
The Government was able to do it because it did not wait for the Brussels decision on the tax and because there was a lack of information and connection with the European Commission, according to PP leaders.
Another collateral effect is that of the hypothetical dispute between John Manuel Moreno e Isabel Diaz Ayuso. PP leaders understand that it is a struggle for the future. The president of Madrid has an obvious weight due to her victory in Madrid, but the Andalusian has an absolute majority where the PP had never won before.