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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Valcarel plays the 'blame game' over delays in opening new Corvera airport

According to Sr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel, President of the Murcia Region government the delay in the opening of the new regional Corvera International Airport is the result of a lack of commitment on the part of the last Government of Spain, led by Sr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, then leader of the PSOE; he singles out in particular the then Spanish Government reperesentative to the Murcia Region, Sr. Rafael González Tovar, who "negaba la posibilidad de que Aena y, por tanto, el Estado español, estuviera en este proyecto" (rough translation: refused involvement by AENA, and thus the Spanish Government, in the project).

Now this is undoubtedly true to some extent, but of course it should be remembered that the prime force in getting this perhaps overly grandiose and unsustainable project off the ground was none other than Sr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel, so can one really blame the Spanish Government for not immediately committing significant resources until a quite late stage when it was clear this regional project was running into immense problems which were contributing to the financial woes of the Spanish State itself (not least the EUR200mn Murcia Regional government guarantee which was required for the contractor to complete the project). Let us not try to re-write history, Sr. Valcárcel!

Having said all this, I agree with him when he opines that there is no point in looking back (which is what he has just been guilty of), rather that it is necessary to look forward and see if there are ways that this awful mess can be sorted out - I paraphrase of course what he is quoted as saying: 'Valcárcel ha dicho no querer mirar más al pasado porque le produce "cierta pereza intelectual", pero ha advertido que la situación "es la que es" y "por mucho que queramos negar la evidencia, tampoco nos conduciría a nada".', so by all means let's stop denying the evidence as that indeed leads nowhere.

This is the first time ever that I have had the temerity to make any overtly political commentary about Spanish or Murcian affairs and of course, for those who know me, my natural instinct would be to support a 'conservative' such as Sr. Valcárcel and to oppose the 'socialists' that he excoriates, but overt manipulation of facts and history for political advantage irritates me intensely, whoever does it. I do not plan to make a habit of such commentary about Spanish politics, though.

Sources:
- Valcárcel achaca el retraso en los expedientes para la puesta en marcha del Aeropuerto de Corvera al anterior Gobierno - europapress.es
- Valcárcel dice que trabaja «día a día» para abrir Corvera - laverdad.es
- El parto de corvera - laopiniondemurcia.es
- Valcárcel achaca el retraso de Corvera al ´Gobierno Zapatero´ - laopiniondemurcia.es
- Valcárcel dice Gobierno regional trabaja para lograr aeropuerto esté a tiempo - finanzas.com

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