Ramon Tamames returned to Congress almost forty years later leaning on a cane and on the shoulder of an usher. He deviated from his path to approach one side of the blue bench where the only two ministers who were already waiting were sitting: the Minister of University and the Minister of Consumption. In some sports, such as fencing, before and after starting a duel, the opponent is greeted (acknowledged). In politics, of course, such a healthy custom is no longer practiced and that is why it is pointed out. I want to think that when surrounded by a swarm of cameras or being absorbed by Isabel la Católica, the economist missed the same gesture with the second vice president. Once settled in the seat of Santiago Abascal, Espinosa de los Monteros took a flag of Spain from him. The economist looked at him like someone contemplating something stupid.
Abascal acted as the opening act and to go down to the pulpit with a book in his hand about the Spanish empire, he was seen practicing Twister’s own postures: balance and lace problems to avoid Tamames’s chair. The Vox leader’s speech began with taunting journalists and then demanding stylistic “decency” in the Chamber. A very dangerous word, especially if someone who talks about “dressing correctly” does so without noticing the dandruff that lives in their group. And I am not referring to that of an elderly candidate, no and never. Dandruff alert to rancidity (clothing and ideological) that the extreme right tries to pass us off as classic.
If with the parliament of Abascal, Tamames already checked the time; with Sánchez’s he repeated the same gesture of impatience again. By the way, the economist is not Team Shakira: he uses Casio. Since by applauding we show support or recognition, the candidate presented in the motion preferred to abstain from the interventions of the Vox leader. Not even when Abascal returned to his seat did he receive any gesture or word from his proposal (and that with his eyes he looked for him). Tamames was annoyed that the president of the government branded him a “Vox lure” (he closed his eyes and looked askance at the socialist bench that applauded the comment). Later, when all the political parties agreed on the same appreciation, he resigned himself to the evidence. Due to age and profession, Tamames used the motion of censure to evaluate the participants (eye, surprise, that the CUP took an “interesting & rdquor;) and explain their battles. Due to age and profession, Vox used Tamames so that all parties were obliged to show some respect in the face of his ridiculous media show disguised as a vote of no confidence.
The President of the Government shared his time with Yolanda Díaz. Knowing what the socialist likes a focus, the detail was not for sorority but with a view to Sumar in the face of elections. However, the labor minister went up to the lectern dressed in a white pantsuit (symbol of women’s suffrage) and acted as president. With a harsher tone than is customary for her; both the dress and the fact of referring to the candidate for the motion as “Professor Tamames” softened the speech. Balancing was precisely what Patxi López did not know how to do. One should never scream, especially when you have a microphone. And not only out of education, but also because in the face of continued screaming the ear disconnects and silences the person who provokes it.
But on the few things that most of us would agree with the economist is that “time is money” and that no matter how interesting a speech and its speaker are, it is impossible to attend a monologue for more than 50 minutes. I say pay attention (listen and observe how it is said to understand all the information hidden in the message), because if you are in the chamber entertaining yourself with your mobile (reading what is being said on social networks right under your nose), gossiping with the neighbor, answering phone calls, chewing gum or eating nuts, it doesn’t matter to you (what a shame, I sent them to the private company). And between the noise caused by his lordships and an 89-year-old ear, Tamames placed his hand on his ear to try to find out better by asking Abascal for help: “What did he say? & Rdquor ;. Anyone who has ever played on the phone knows how incomprehensible the message ends.