Nobody, not even Pablo Iglesias’ staff, was expecting such an astounding victory. There was the risk that the Congress’ outcome would be more nuanced. If Errejon had won, Iglesias would have retired and a very challenging interregnum would have started. If the distance between the two groups had been smaller, the self-destructive debate that had been going on in recent months would have gone on indefinitely. Iglesias’ clear victory was the only outcome that could have allowed a new beginning with a precise action plan.
They established the idea of a party in which the institutional presence is not an end but a means to strengthen the social fabric opposing Rajoy and his liberal policies, providing policy tools, visibility and institutional channels for social initiatives.The Congress members’ main role is as social activists. The presence in Parliament is conceived not only as a lever for the accumulation of social force, but also as a means of communication that demonstrates every day its indomitable resistance to traditional politics.
The term “populist frontier” will no longer appear in political discourse and communication, as Podemos did in 2014-2016. It is retooled as a social frontier, almost like renewed class speech: the victims of the crisis, those excluded from rights, opportunities and perspective, against the political and economic elite. Podemos must be the party that tells the truth, and it is building a popular movement. The “people” are the movement itself, not an entity that is defined, and represented only symbolically. The alliance with Izquierda Unida and regionalist forces is thought of as a historical bloc.