Pedro Sánchez addressed an animated crowd in Inca after a walk around Palma. | ATIENZA


At a general election rally today in Inca, the home town of President Armengol, the national leader of PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, said that the main “fronts” that his party will fight will be “unemployment, insecurity, inequality and corruption” as PSOE is the party to take the side of the people. “Taking on the Partido Popular and defending the majority, we socialists will win on 20 December.”

In front of an audience of more than one thousand supporters and with President Armengol in attendance, Sánchez was greeted by shouts of “president, president” (this being the actual title in Spain and not prime minister), as he emphasised that it was the PP which had been responsible for the fronts that PSOE will be fighting.

Sánchez appealed to a unification of the left vote and, in stating that now “everyone wants change", he stressed that a vote for PSOE was “more meaningful than ever”, as PSOE is “the only party which can guarantee change after 20 December”. He was convinced that on election day an “end will be put” to the PP government, as PSOE “will deal with the right and tear down the walls of arrogance”.

There was also criticism of Mariano Rajoy who Sánchez described as a “failure” and accused of having hidden and not taken part in the televised debate last Monday with Albert Rivera of Ciudadanos (C’s) and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos.
He also attacked the C’s who he classed as being a new PP. “If you support the PP labour reform, the PP educational policy ... you will be twenty years late, but you will be the PP,” said Sánchez in pouring scorn on the C’s.

President Armengol echoed the Sánchez message of the people wanting change. “They are tired of having the wool pulled over their eyes and of a government that has covered up the corruption of its party.” With both Sánchez and PSOE’s lead candidate in the Balearics for Congress, Ramon Socias, listening on, Armengol addressed measures that have been taken by her government, one that “is working well through agreement and dialogue”. She also criticised what she referred to as “the disguised right”, stressing that “we don’t want them to tell us to speak a language that doesn’t exist; we want respect for what we are”.