Isabel Diaz Ayuso was the night of this monday in milan to pick up a prize announced months ago, the so-called Flame of Freedom awarded by the Bruno Leoni Institute. With this award they wanted to reward the president of the Community of Madrid for its economic management of the pandemic and his model of “freedom” that he has publicized so much. Before a devoted audience, he was encouraged in his speech to launch some jokes and announced the liberalization of hours for the hotel and nightlife industry as of September 20. But not everything was applause and laughter. On the occasion of this recognition in Italy, Díaz Ayuso had a conversation with Il Corriere della Sera in which they did not avoid the most controversial issues of his administration.
An Italian entity has recognized the management of the pandemic of Isabel Díaz Ayuso by giving her an award. (Photo: Oscar Gonzalez / NurPhoto via .)
The one conducted by Elisabetta Rosaspina with Isabel Díaz Ayuso for the aforementioned newspaper is not a very long interview, although it is appreciated at all times, without being able to know just by reading the tone and the climate of it, that the journalist did not avoid any topic when asking the president, whom she defines as a “star of the popular”. It is something that, in some way, the reader is warned both in the subtitle and in the lead, in which a bit of context is given to it before entering the conversation itself, transcribed as a question answer.
Titled as ‘Ayuso: “My method for Madrid, focused closures, tests and zero obligations”’, the subtitle highlights another quote from the president in which she is compared with Margaret Thatcher and an objective data is noted, which “The Community was among the most affected by the virus”. In the first paragraph, where the discussion that has been in Spain “the Ayuso method” against the coronavirus and that “no one is a prophet in his land” is discussed, the results, in figures, of this pandemic management model are exposed which has earned him the Bruno Leoni Award.
Thus, Rosaspina points out that although it is “difficult to show that more severe restrictions would have saved lives” Madrid is one of the Spanish regions most affected by the coronavirus with almost 883,000 infected and almost 16,000 dead. AND, even so, it has been validated by the growth of the economy local and the support at the polls last May. That said, the conversation begins with the obligatory question of how the ‘Madrid method’ works. To which Ayuso responds with his usual speech of having closed schools before anyone else, making antigen tees, perimeter closures for sanitary areas, the Zendal hospital and opposing generalized closures.
To which the journalist responds with the statement that however, the mortality rate was among the highest. Ayuso defends himself against this objective data as other times, arguing that “there are regions that have applied more restrictions and have been more affected than Madrid” insisting that his government sought measures that did not kill the economy and the middle class. That gives way to those who ask to remember another fact about Ayuso that, especially during the first waves, was collected by numerous media in Spain, and that is “Selective closures penalized poor neighborhoods, where large families live in small spaces and contagion is easier ”. The answer is that La Moraleja was also confined.
Another somewhat uncomfortable question is that their motto, ‘freedom’, also attracts anti-vaccines. The opinion of the president in this regard is that “the vaccine is necessary. But no one can be forced to get vaccinated. It is up to the administrations to do everything possible to convince everyone ”.
Beyond the management of the pandemic, in Il Corriere they also asked him if the decision to advance the elections regional was due to a calculated move. According to Ayuso, this was not the case, but the government coalition was “very divided and it had become difficult to make decisions.”
He closes the interview with a question about the future that, in the midst of a climate of certain tension and tension in the Popular Party, becomes more relevant. “Can you see it in La Moncloa? First woman and liberal like Thatcher? “. To these questions Ayuso responds with some rhetoric, emphasizing the leadership of Pablo Casado. “Never. For me Madrid is already Spain. If the PP reaches the Government, the president will be PabloCasado. If it is a woman, the former will probably be a socialist. But man or woman does not matter. I am against quotas, yes, like Margaret Thatcher. But your liberalism and mine are not the same. Mine is a generous liberal spirit, like Don Quixote ”.