The former president of the Government asks for explanations as to why a ‘social’ minister is placed in a sensitive body
The veiled critics (or not so much) of former President of the Government Felipe Gonzlez to his party partner and current Chief Executive, Pedro Snchez, are already a constant. And the one that Gonzlez dropped on Monday during his speech before the assembly of the Valencian Association of Businessmen had a clear recipient: Pablo Iglesias, of whomhe didn’t even mention his nameand to which he referred only as vice president.
That they explain to me what the minister who holds the portfolio of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda doesin the only delegate commission that doesn’t take care of that, and that is that of the intelligence service, the former socialist president has questioned. Respond to the decision of Snchez to force a modification of the Law regulating the National Intelligence Center (CNI)to allow precisely the entry of Iglesiasin the Delegate Commission of the Government for Intelligence Affairs, that is, the body that controls each and every one of the so-called state secrets.
I find it hard to see what relationship there is between the 2030 Agenda[para el desarrollo sostenible]and the CNI, has insisted the socialist politician, who has not saved in ironas.The intelligence service has a lot to do with social policy… I want you to explain it to me.
The surprise and words of Felipe Gonzlez come to sum upthe discomfort with which the last decision of Snchez has been welcomedin the State Security circles. As this newspaper has reported, they question the legal change that would give Iglesias access to sensitive information. Especially since its Ministry does not have a seat in that commission, of which permanent members are responsible for Interior, Defense, Economy and Foreign Affairs, in addition to the director of the Office of the Presidency of the Government, the Secretary of State for Security and the director of the CNI.
The question, therefore, is why it is interesting to place Pablo Iglesias in a commission that, in practice, can control the CNI. And no one here overlooks that the aforementioned commission can addresssensitive issues such as the crisis with Catalua or relations with Venezuela.
But the controversy around the CNI has not been the only message that Gonzlez wanted to leave Pedro Snchez on Monday. The former president has evidenced once againhow little he likes the agreements reached by the socialist leaderto be promoted to the Moncloa. A government of few minorities with opportunistic external support – for being soft and not offensive – should know thatstructural reforms cannot be made with strange variable geometers, which do not agree with the challenges, he warned. And one of these challenges is to return to Spain the predictability in the political plane. Otherwise, poke the economic crisis.
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