Councilors Pedro Sosa and Gloria Martín, have appeared today before the media to assess the situation of the City of Lorca after the failed attempt of PSOE and Cs to carry out municipal budgets that did not have the support of IU-Verdes, training which facilitated the investiture of the mayor, the socialist Diego José Mateos.
Sosa and Martín have explained that there was "no need" to force the municipal plenary of budgets without having yet reached the necessary agreement and have ensured that Lorca "deserved a greater effort of understanding and more generosity" by the PSOE while, So far, the only concessions made "for the sake of governance" have been by the United Left.
Sosa and Martín have described the situation as "absurd" because from now on every modification of the extended budget will have to go through Plenary, so the municipal government "still needs the IU vote".
In that sense, the councilors said that "we will continue to use these two votes to prioritize compliance with the investiture agreements for the benefit of the working class of Lorca and the general interest."
Both also asked the councilor of the Treasury to park his strategy of "fooling around with the extreme right" because that "dynamite all the bridges with us."
"They are not broken yet," said Sosa, who asked the mayor to put "all the necessary props" so that dialogue and agreement prevail, and not give up good budgets for the working class in Lorca.
The IU-Verdes councilors expressed that their vote has been "legitimate" and "consistent" with the commitments they have with the citizens.
And it also responds to the mandate of its local Assembly.
"The Mayor and his councilor of the Treasury may not like it, but that does not deserve a tantrum of small children and that they call us indecent, petty or gunmen", something, they said, "does not say too much of his democratic spirit and, of course , does not respond to the spirit of dialogue and understanding that a large part of the citizenship is demanding. "
"If they don't want us in government they will have to understand that we act as opposition," Sosa added.
"We have not done the clamp with the PP or VOX. We have agreed in the sense of the vote, but each for their reasons," said the spokesman for IU-Verdes, who said that, on the contrary, "the PSOE has tried to deceive us with parties that did not support them in investiture and that are in their ideological antipodes. "
"It is devastating that they prefer to make concessions in order not to have us close," he said to add that "it has been sad" to see how the councilman of the Treasury got into the office of the VOX after leaving ours. "
All this, together with the statements made by the Mayor that the budgets carried out are not "no drama" and that he does not intend to try again because "it is not worth it to start making other budgets in the middle of the year" - according to his own Mateos- leads the IU councilors to think that, "either he considers us undesirable, or he feels comfortable with the 2019 budget of the PP, or he lazily gets the work and effort to be done for the benefit of this municipality and his neighbors".
For his part, Martin has wondered what problem the PSOE of Lorca has with IU when the collaboration between both parties is working even in the Government of Spain.
"What soul does the Lorca PSOE have? Does it have the soul of Adriana Lastra and Pedro Sánchez of recent times? Or does it have the soul of 'susanismo' and the old barons who said they would burn their card if their party arrived to pacts with the left that we represent? "he said.
On this issue, Martin recalled that IU-Verdes Lorca has consulted its bases and regretted that this debate does not open to the militancy of the Lorquina Socialist Association that "also has the right to express itself."
"They cannot be forced to be subordinated to the whim of the Mayor and his Councilor for Finance, because this goes far beyond the personal wishes of the councilors, including us," he added.
Martin hopes that the extension of the budgets will not serve as a "permanent excuse" to "wash your hands" and not solve Lorca's problems.
Faced with that, IU councilors are committed to "sit down and build something together for the first time in the history of this municipality," because that "is what is expected of all of us."
"Let's be serious, responsible and don't insult the intelligence of the neighbors. But, above all, let's listen to that wide sector of citizenship that demands understanding between the left," said Sosa and Martín.
An understanding that "is not the same as submission," they concluded.
Source: IU-verdes Lorca