Third hour of “Weekend Morning”, I’m Guillermo Villa and I greet you on behalf of the entire team of the program. We are pleased to accompany you until half past eight this Sunday morning, September 18, 2022
We are entering the week in which autumn begins. It will be next Friday. You will agree with me that no autumn has been so heralded as this one, as we have been warning for weeks, months that the new season will bring with it all kinds of disasters: the economic crisis will worsen, with inflation still at insane levels, and the energy crisis will emerge in full force, with Russia cutting off gas and Europe expecting insufficient reserves. And of course, the savings from the pandemic were used to enjoy a summer that is already too far away. And the worst part is that it will more or less be like that.
And how do we Spaniards prepare for this fall, which is now just around the corner? Well, the truth is, in many ways. On the one hand, in terms of heating, we learned an interesting story yesterday. This is the company Chimeneas Yáñez in Valladolid. Yesterday at Cope we spoke to his manager, Lewis. He told us that they usually had a lot of demand for stoves, fireplaces and pellets when it was cold, but in the current situation they were waiting in queues for weeks, the likes of which he had never seen in his life.
Louis also told us that they have traditionally worked in second homes, but now they are getting more and more requests from people asking them to the installation of the fireplace is done in the first dwelling, sometimes, he admitted to us, in places where it should not be installed.
Anyway, here we are, getting creative to go where the portfolio doesn’t. And we are trying to adapt in our own way one of the recommendations that Brussels proposed this week, that of reducing energy consumption. You already know that the other proposal that now needs to be approved by the commission is to record the extraordinary profits of the power companies. This is not the same thing that the Sánchez government proposed here in Spain, although yesterday the president tried to say the opposite in a classic rally version.
where’s the catch? Well, it is true that Brussels has proposed to create a tax, but not for electricity revenuesace, but because of its extraordinary profits. Is not the same. Energy experts like Oscar Arnedillo, with whom we had the opportunity to speak yesterday on this program, clearly see it that way.
Well, that’s not the same. Sanchez, who yesterday was in Zaragoza and allowed himself to be sheltered by all the barons, as is usual in Spanish socialism. Pages, Lamban, Fernandez Vara, all in one place with the boss.
PP Interparliamentary Meeting in Toledo
The idea was to give the image that the barons supported the leader, and it must be admitted that he succeeded. But make no mistake, Pedro Sanchez had it very easy. Yesterday Chavez and today Espadas, yesterday Ibarra and today Fernandez Vara, yesterday Bono and today Garcia Page. The equation is always the same: PSOE pretends to have a serious, official, Spanish, regionalist social democratic party at best. This is the PSOE of the election campaigns and the men’s PSOE when the boss is not present.
Meanwhile in Toledo, at the meeting of the interparliamentary representative of the PP, which appeared surprisingly and in video format, is Ursula von der Leyen, lto the President of the European Commission. Her apparent political closeness to Sánchez has raised some suspicions among the popular recently and yesterday she finally remembered that she is from the PP.
In this popular interparliamentary meeting, which Feijoo will close today, Kuka Gamara confirmed that she will be the one who will represent the popular in the demonstration that will take place today in Barcelona. Demonstration in defense of Spanish, so at leastthe law is followed and 25% of the lessons are taught in Spanish. Doesn’t seem like much to ask, does it? One out of every four lessons in public schools should be in Spanish.
Demonstration in defense of Spanish
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This is a central problem in our country, a problem that we have been dragging on for decades, since the various governments of Spain needed the votes of the nationalist parties and They looked the other way as they wrested the state from Catalonia. Because that’s what they do. And this is very clearly seen in education.
Look, I want you to listen to Oscar. He is a father from Cubellas, Barcelona and has an 8-year-old son. He goes to the local school. Through the Bilingual School Assembly, he had to go to TSJC to ask for 25% because the center director told him that unless a judge told him, he wouldn’t do it.. And when they had to, at school they made the despicable decision to speak Spanish only to Oscar’s son.
In other words, justice imposes a norm, and the schools themselves, backed by the board of education, refuse. In open rebellion. Or they apply it through the crude and totalitarian technique of pointing out the different so that others do not dare.
Oscar’s case is similar to that of so many others, that of so many families who raise this flag. Like the father of the Canet girl we heard last Friday with Herrera at Cope. That said, the worst is not just the resistance of the regional government, the betrayal of the PSOE or the inaction of the schools. The most serious thing is the harassment or, worse, the complicit silence on the part of Catalan society. From the parents of other kids in the same grade who hang out with them one day and move the sidewalk the next so they don’t have to greet them. We have seen this before, at other latitudes, and it is terrible. Nationalism is exclusionary in nature, and this exclusion is not limited to the laws it enforces or fails to enforce, but is conveyed in the minds of people, who live these postulates as if their lives depend on them, as if others, those who do not think so, are inferior citizens. In short, there are many reasons to go to this demo.
Well, there is also Ukraine, where the truth is that things are not very clear. Yesterday was a hangover day after the general commotion of the horror of Izium, with the huge pit that the Ukrainian army discovered the mortal remains of about 440 people, of all ages and conditions. The international community yesterday scrambled to find the right words to describe what happened. Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of cruelty. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken directly qualified it as a war crime.
The fact is that they are far from scared, nor are international condemnations nor does Ukraine’s military counteroffensive appear to be changing the mood and course set by Vladimir Putin. Although rather cryptic, yesterday the Russian president once again threatened with the scarecrow of nuclear war. Minutes later, US President Joe Biden was asked about the possibility.
Anyway, autumn is coming, as I said, and with this panorama it is almost convenient to remind ourselves, and firmly, that we are not only what we have.