The Prime Minister is very upset with his Minister of Consumption, but can do nothing. Regarding the controversy generated by the words of Alberto Garzón, in The Guardian about the quality of the products that are produced in certain agricultural operations, Pedro Sánchez has shown signs today of great discomfort in this regard. But he had carefully studied what he wanted to say so as not to go off the script and avoid cracking relations within the Government.
During an interview on Cadena SER, Sánchez said that "he regrets this controversy very much", and has defended that the sector in Spain produces meat of extraordinary quality, which "follows the highest standards of Spanish and European regulations." That lament for the controversy is the resource that Sánchez has used to be clear when questioning Garzón, but always avoiding a shock or a direct disqualification: "I feel the controversy because it does not sympathize with what the Government does with the sector primary ”, said Sánchez.
In this sense, he recalled that the sector is subject to a "huge transformation" and that in 2020 a decree was approved to order farms in the pig sector. In 2021, the same was done with the poultry industry and now work is being done along the same lines with the beef sector. "We have a lot of work ahead of us," said Sánchez, insisting that it is about "Some statements that I regret" because a controversy has arisen "that does not agree with the reality of the sector nor with what the Government does ”.
Sánchez has not even wanted to reveal if he has spoken with the Minister of Consumption about it. It is known that the person he spoke with was Vice President Yolanda Díaz, who had previously spoken with the minister. Was the minister wrong? They have asked Sánchez again. That again showed signs of his discomfort but without wanting to disqualify Garzón: "I'm sorry for this controversy, I think that I'm saying everything."
The president has the legal capacity to appoint and remove ministers. But the truth is that in January 2020, the PSOE and United We Can agreed on a government distribution that cannot be altered. It is the keystone of the coalition pact. Both the number and which are the ministries that correspond to each formation. And Garzón is a minister due to his status as leader of the United Left, and by virtue of the particular balances that United Podemos has to make. Sánchez can legally terminate him. But doing so would challenge the entire coalition. In political terms, it is something that falls to the United We Can and very particularly to the United Left, which would have to propose another name. Something impossible since Garzón continues to control his conglomerate. In addition, United We can defend the substance of what Garzón said. "There is no division in UP in this regard," they say. And the exchange of blows in the media with the PSOE has been strong. However, in private, the timeliness of the statements and making them in a foreign environment is questioned.