Book Broken Left In Andalusia And Teresa Rodríguez

To try to understand the breakdown of (a coalition made up of Podemos, Izquierda Unida and the tiny Andalusian Spring and Andalusian Left) a GPS, a map, several guides and a compass are necessary, in case the satellites fail. 

It is also advisable to follow Deep Throat’s advice to journalist Bob Woodward to unravel the Watergate case : “Follow the money trail.” And, one last clue, but the main one: the relationship with the PSOE, the party that ruled Andalusia for almost 37 years before the right wing sent all the left to the opposition, on the night of December 2, 2018.

Almost everything revolves around the hyper-leadership of Teresa Rodríguez (Rota, Cádiz, 1981), who on Wednesday was expelled, along with seven other deputies, from the parliamentary group of the coalition that she founded with former Andalusian IU coordinator Antonio Maíllo for the last regional elections. 

The eight expelled are accused of transfuguismo The crisis until it implodes: the left-to-left unit of the PSOE is in pieces two years later.

Rodríguez’s position regarding making an agreement with the PSOE has never been a secret: “Ni mijita.” Other times he has used the expression “nor dead.” His position has not changed and there is the wall that separates Rodríguez and his people –Anticapitalistas, de Podemos (his old party) and Izquierda Unida–. 

In fact she “the need for the PSOE to get out of the way a part of the Andalusian left that has been implacable against the government of corruption and cuts, and that prefers a submissive left.” 

He also alluded to the fact that his eviction occurred during his maternity leave, which has led to an exchange of messages on social networks with Irene Montero – “politics does not stop while we are on leave,” said the Minister of Equality at RNE— to which other political leaders joined.

Rodríguez left because he never saw the United We Can coalition with the PSOE in the central government well, despite the fact that the Andalusian bases supported it. He also failed to get Pablo Iglesias to give Podemos Andalucía political, management and decision-making autonomy. 

She has never wanted to be the civil governor of the national leadership. She wanted to pilot an autonomous Andalusian project of the type of En Comú Podem. Since then it has been marking differences that the other party did not share.

The one who was a candidate for the presidency of the Board reached a friendly separation agreement with Iglesias last February, a pact that implied that 11 deputies were no longer under the guidelines of Podemos compared to six of IU. 

“It’s not goodbye, it’s a see you later,” they said before saying goodbye with two kisses in a video broadcast on the networks. In reality, as a deputy from Adelante said, what was coming was “a divorce from the ciborium.”

Before the kisses, those of Rodríguez registered the Adelante Andalucía brand in the registry of political parties of the Ministry of the Interior, of which they have the lock. IU, directed by Toni Valero, demanded a key from them. 

They have not given it. In May, when the Andalusian leadership of Podemos was going to renew its organs, Rodríguez guaranteed his share of internal power by announcing that Anticapitalistas was joining the leadership of Adelante. Neither IU nor Podemos were consulted, but the two small Andalusian formations, whose main references have public positions.

The other step that leads to the break occurred in July. They were trying to agree on a regulation for the coalition. “Under no circumstances can an agreement be reached with the PSOE,” proposed Anticapitalistas. 

Podemos, now with a new leadership in Andalusia related to Iglesias, and IU, who defend the coalition in Spain and a more fluid dialogue with the Andalusian socialists, were losing patience, even more when, one day, they found that they did not have access to control of social networks.

Here comes the money trail. Adelante Andalucía receives 1.67 million euros per year from Parliament: 65% goes to Podemos and 35% to IU. Since the rupture, no money has been transferred to the Iglesias party, which has not been able to manage resources or hire advisers. 

On August 28, IU verified that Anticapitalistas had revoked its administrator’s access to the Caja de Ingenieros account where the funds are deposited. And two weeks ago, Rodríguez, as president of the group, communicated to Parliament the change to another account only controlled by Anticapitalistas.

IU sources assure that they have withheld income from the last quarter: they have received 60,000 euros when they should have received almost 170,000. 

“Teresa is not declared a turncoat for being a mother, but for being a transmuter. He has had no problems taking our current accounts from us during his discharge ”, say the leaders consulted.

The amicable separation ceased to be so and Podemos asked IU to process the expulsion of the parliamentary group of eight deputies. They argued that they should become non-affiliated as they are in “a situation of transmutation”, since they “do not belong” to the party for which they participated in the elections. 

This initiative was defended by the group’s spokesperson, Inma Nieto, from IU, and it was registered last Tuesday encrypted under the heading Confidential Annotation. The majority of the Board approved it, with the opposition of the senior lawyer. Now an appeal has been submitted to the Parliament’s own governing body and if there is no rectification, it will end up in the Constitutional Court. 

Meanwhile, the protagonists of this story confess an emotional shaking, sadness and exhaustion at the failure of the penultimate experiment from the left to the left of the PSOE.

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