The Bureau of Congress, the governing body of the House, will have a solid majority of lefts this legislature. PSOE and United We were made on Tuesday with six seats in the organ (three each) and left on the right with only three chairs. But one of them will be for Vox, since the PSOE preferred to sacrifice the sanitary cordon that it had been asking for weeks before risking its options to control the first Vice Presidency, which finally fell to the socialist Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis.
The composition of the Bureau was decided in the constitution plenary session, and supposes the first demonstration of strength of the alliance between PSOE and United We Can, in addition to the first step to guarantee the legislative performance of your coalition Government, if you finally get the support. The Bureau marks the parliamentary agenda, controls the operation of Congress and can block legislative initiatives, so it was essential for the progressive bloc to guarantee a majority in the body.
After the re-election as president of the socialist Meritxell Batet, which was taken for granted, the objectives of the progressive formations were basically two: to ratify her majority in the Bureau and exclude Vox from any position in the body. For this last goal, given the refusal of the PP to support a sanitary cord against the extreme right, the most viable option was that the PSOE will leave the First Vice Presidency in the hands of the PP and, together with United Podemos and a few deputies from another minority formation (for example, the PNV), coordinate their votes to prevent Vox from entering the Mesa.
This option would only have meant for the PSOE to renounce the symbolic weight of controlling the first Vice Presidency of the organ, since the left would have continued to have a majority. But, in the vote to choose the four vice-presidents, the Socialists preferred to concentrate their votes in Gómez de Celis instead of dividing them between two candidates. And that facilitated the entry of the ultra-right into the Mesa for the first time since the return of democracy, since the vote of the 52 deputies of Vox was enough to make his fourth parliamentarian Ignacio Gil Lázaro a fourth vice president.
The socialists justified this position yesterday arguing that they didn't want to risk PP and Vox coordinating their votes. If the PSOE had renounced the first Vice Presidency and distributed their votes and, in turn, PP and Vox had understood, Ana Pastor (PP) could have become the first vice president of the Congress and, in addition, Vox would also have entered the Table.
However, the truth is that PP and Vox limited themselves to supporting their respective candidates without coordinating. And, in fact, PP and Cs accused the Socialists of having broken a pact to three that would have allowed Vox to remain outside the Bureau in exchange for the PSOE resigning the first Vice Presidency in favor of the PP and lending enough votes to Cs to get a position in the organ That formula would also have kept the majority of 6 to 3 in favor of the left.
In fact, Cs, despite the attempts of the PP to obtain a position in the Bureau, ended up being left out by Vox's refusal to assign them a position. And that caused the legislature It will begin with a sour crossing of reproaches: While the PP accused Vox of making "a sanitary cordon to Cs", Vox responded by denouncing that the PP had given votes to Cs "knowing that he was not going to leave" to "leave Vox" without one of the two posts that would have corresponded