Very critical and with sharp claws, Vox and Ciudadanos (Cs) pounced on their prey this Tuesday: the Popular Party (PP) of Alberto Núñez Feijóo. The words of the general coordinator of the popular, Elías Bendodo, speaking of Spain as a “plurinational state” have served as an argument for the formations of Santiago Abascal and Inés Arrimadas to claim themselves as the only ones who defend Spanish nationality.

Little has mattered to the parliamentary spokesmen Iván Espinosa de los Monteros and Edmundo Bal the rectification of the PP. The first of them has ironized with “the mess” that exists in the party with which Vox governs in Castilla y León, while the second has described what happened as a “regrettable spectacle”.

Bendodo, in an interview in ‘El Mundo’, referred to Spain as a “plurinational state”, in the same terms used by United We Can and the nationalists. Yesterday, Monday, criticism of the popular leader from Vox and Cs intensified, which caused a rectification on the same day. This Tuesday, Núñez Feijóo has tried to settle the controversy by making a strong defense of article 2 of the Constitution, which includes the “indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation.”

However, in the press conferences prior to the Board of Spokespersons of Congress, the parliamentary spokesman for Vox has stirred up the PP as soon as his appearance began: «There are 52 deputies [those of Vox] who believe in the nation, not in nations rare”. Espinosa de los Monteros has blamed the “mess” in the PP on the election of Núñez Feijóo as party leader, since he is “a man who has said that Galicia is a nation without a state” or who has gone to Catalonia to “please » to businessmen saying that the Catalan autonomous community is «a nationality».

“Vox has no difficulty in saying that Spain is a single nation,” Espinosa de los Monteros has sentenced, visibly distancing himself from the positions of the PP. Bal had already spoken in that line before, harder if possible than his counterpart in Vox, who has criticized the popular for seeing Spain as “a multinational state”, something that the PP has already rectified. «The new PP -Bal has continued- is the usual PP: that of transfers and concessions to the nationalist world».

The State lawyer and spokesperson for Cs has also accused the PP of assuming “the theses and words” of United We Can and the nationalists, in what he sees as “an unfortunate path” initiated by Núñez Feijóo in his time at the head of the popular. «We do not use that want to please the PP. In Spain there is a nation, that nation is called Spain, it is made up of 47 million people and all of them must be considered free and equal in all the territories of the nation”, he concluded, recalling the motto so often used by Albert Rivera.