The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, has launched a message to the Prime Minister after his words about the Minister of Consumer Affairs. "I would ask that we take care of the coalition and be careful with our words," said the Minister of Labor. Díaz has made these statements when asked about an interview in which Sánchez has been upset by "the controversy" raised as a result of a shortened response from the Minister of Consumption, in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, in which Alberto Garzón encouraged eating less meat products and criticized the impact of intensive livestock farming on an environmental level.
The socialists Page and Lambán join PP and Vox in their criticism of Minister Garzón for clipped statements on the meat industry
Before the microphones of Cadena Ser, Sánchez has defended the livestock sector in Spain, which he has assured that "it produces meat of extraordinary quality". "I regret the statements because they have generated a controversy that is not commensurate with the reality of the sector," he added. In his response, Sánchez has avoided endorsing the IU leader, with whom he has not wanted to reveal if he has spoken since.
Hours later, the leader of the confederal group has supported Garzón. "What the minister has simply done is to corroborate what the Government is defending in its documents, which as you know are public," Díaz told the media, before entering a meeting of the Table with social agents for the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
"I believe that the governments speak with the documents and I believe that the position of the Government of Spain with the challenges of the 2030 objectives and the European objectives is well known," he said. And he added: "Our proposals are clear: we are committed to extensive and sustainable livestock".
For their part, the rest of the United We can groups have also closed ranks with Garzón. The president of the parliamentary group in Congress, Jaume Asens, has assured that they regret that Sánchez "is more concerned about losing votes in Castilla y León than in defending cattle ranchers against macro-farms."
In a more conciliatory tone, Pablo Fernández, national spokesperson for Podemos and coalition candidate for the elections in Castilla y León, has spoken. In a press conference, he stated that the PSOE "will have to respond" for using "hoaxes created by the right and the extreme right." And he stressed that his party maintains "loyalty to the Government."
"We, whenever a minister of the Government of Spain has suffered attack by the right and the extreme right, we have behaved with extraordinary loyalty and we have defended the Government as a whole," he added. For Podemos, Sánchez's statements are part of the PP and PSOE's attempt to "return" to bipartisanship, with the February 13 elections on the horizon.
Garzón's statements were misrepresented, first by the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, who in a Twitter message criticized that the minister attacked "again" the farmers of Castilla y León and encouraged him to " rectify or resign ". PP, Vox joined in the reproaches, which were also joined by the socialist presidents of Aragon and Castilla-La Mancha, Javier Lambán and Emiliano García Page.
In particular, a paragraph of the minister has been criticized regarding the macro-farms, about which he said that "they pollute the soil, pollute the water and then export this poor quality meat from these abused animals." However, as Garzón indicated, immediately before in that same interview, he had praised the extensive cattle ranching that - he described as environmentally sustainable - whose production has a lot of weight in several autonomous communities, among them Castilla y León. The head of Consumption has also shared the complete transcript, where it is read, likewise, that when he speaks of "worse quality" of meat, he refers to that of macro-farms, he reports Angel Villascusa.
Vox and Ciudadanos join the attacks against Garzón
The criticisms against Garzón were joined by Vox and then Ciudadanos, who have assumed the manipulated statements of the minister. The national spokesman for the far-right party, Jorge Buxadé, announced this Monday at a press conference that his party, as the PP has done, will present motions in support of the Spanish livestock sector and of rejection to all municipalities where it has representation. "The brutal attacks" that, they say, he has received from the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón.
Buxadé has indicated that in these initiatives the rejection of "the Progre 2030 Agenda" promoted "as a dogma of faith" by the Sánchez Government and to which "the separatist parties, the communists and even the PP have adhered will be made clear." , "all except Vox." life of our farmers ”, has sentenced the spokesman for the far-right formation.
For her part, the president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, attacked the Minister of Consumption shortly after, also for his statements about macro-farms - which Ciudadanos believes are an attack on the entire meat and livestock sector -, and asked the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, let him "immediately cease" him "and his entire pack of advisers who are useless."
The leader of Ciudadanos has indicated that with the money that the Government saves in paying these positions, it can invest it in launching "a campaign to support the sector" and in "promoting Spanish meat."