The controversy of Alberto Garzon has finished by unite the different parties that make up United we can. The Minister of Consumption began the year uphill, with fierce criticism for his statements on livestock in The Guardian, but what threatened to become a new burden for the IU leader has ended by grease the functioning of the confederal space. A relationship that is strengthened between the forces of the confederal space and that will help to face the new phase of coexistence that will open with the future candidacy of Yolanda Diaz.
The outcome has been completely unexpected among the purples after the open crisis within the coalition, which began with disavowals of the socialist wing of the government and Pedro Sánchez himself, in addition to requests for dismissal from several regional barons. Two weeks after Garzón jumped to the front page and against all odds, the truth is that the effect of these turbulences has achieved unite the different actors that make up United We Can.
Some voices even detail that in recent days there has been an unprecedented coordination between the different parties in the two years of legislature. The teams, forced by circumstances, have built bridges, rehearsing a joint work that has gone “very well”, according to some of those involved, in what could be the anticipation of a new stage for these formations.
Thaw IU-We can
In the first hours, Podemos chose to do deaf ears to controversy, avoiding providing clear support to the leader, given the existing tensions between both forces. Until now, the relationship between the purples and IU was rather cold, a circumstance that became evident in the Council of Ministers, where factions they functioned as watertight departments. A) Yes, Irene Montero Y Ione Belarra They formed a team within the coalition, while Alberto Garzón went “on his own”, according to sources from United We Can, as well as Yolanda Diaz, which has always maintained its own agenda and teams, although seeking communication through the middle cadres to coordinate messages with the rest of the confluences.
While the relationship of the Minister of Consumption was one of closed support for Díaz, with whom he maintains a good relationship, the situation was especially delicate with the Podemos leaders, given the existing misgivings between both formations. The last episode, however, seems to have started to the thaw between the purples and Alberto Garzón.
After the lukewarm initial support they provided from the Ione Belarra match, Garzón’s defense became more evident in Podemos as the controversy continued. In the last few hours, it has been patent the closing of ranks of the purple ones towards the head of Consumption, to whom they have made express reference from the official account of the party on Twitter.
This detail could go unnoticed, were it not for the unusual event. Until now, Podemos has only broadcast content from Garzón when he participated in some act of the purples; the last mention was in October, when the IU leader participated in his ‘autumn university’; the previous time goes back to the electoral campaign of the coalition in the Community of Madrid, where Pablo Iglesias was presented as head of the list.
Garzón’s theses have also been supported by Yolanda Diaz, who was the first purple minister of the Government who came out to support the head of Consumption. The second vice president has intervened on several occasions in recent days to reiterate her commitment to extensive livestock farming and against macro-farms, in line with the IU leader. This support also responds to the Diaz’s need to take care of the harmony with United Left and with its leader, with its eyes set on the construction of its national project.
Other ‘satellite’ parties of this platform also lent their support to Garzón. More Country, from Iñigo Errejón, came out from the start supporting his thesis, although criticizing the lack of coherence of the Government. Although this formation does not appear in Castilla y León, it has brought the proposal to limit the macro-farms to the Madrid Assembly, where he acts as leader of the opposition.
The second party that has dedicated itself to Garzón’s cause is Green Alliance, the ‘eco’ party led by Juantxo López de Uralde and integrated into United We Can, which from the first moment registered initiatives in Congress to portray the contradictions of the socialist wing in this matter.
The Minister of Consumption managed to turn the controversy around to the point of turn this controversy into an electoral trump card for United We Can in Castilla y León, where the candidate Paul Fernandez He has come to challenge the president, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, to a two-person debate to discuss this matter. An understanding that the purples have been able to raise before the “disappearance” of the socialist candidate, Luis Tudanca, by the lack of clarity in the positions of the PSOE.
Positive balance in UI
This elevation change was due, according to what they explain from their surroundings, in which Garzón “kept their positions from the beginning”, and limited himself to “changing the framework” of the debate: from criticizing the right for its criticism of macro-farm meat, to presenting the macro-farm model as a problem for the livestock sector. his reaction to the offensive launched by the socialist ministers with whom the IU leader maintained a ‘white glove’, and did not lead or “one bad word“.
In Podemos they also recognize that Garzón’s position has been strengthened, although instead of attributing it to their own merits, they attribute it to the “clumsiness” of the socialists when addressing the issue. Although they do admit that their speech on livestock has relocated in campaign, doubt that Garzón’s political image will be strengthened, having already chained several crises since his arrival in government.
In Izquierda Unida they make a positive assessment of the outcome, with a Garzón who has managed to unite the entire left, against a PSOE that has ended up reeling with several script changes: from criticizing the purple minister to avoiding taking a position on the macro-farms, to ending up acknowledging supporting the words of the IU leader, as the third vice president and minister of Ecological Transition did this Thursday, Theresa Rivera, who after days of absolute silence assured that there was an “absolute consensus” on the part of the Government that coincided with Garzón’s theses against the large intensive livestock farms.
There are those who ironically say that “IU has never been so united since 1986 (year of its foundation)”, and in this party they consider that the figure of the leader has “revalued” with this matter. They also believe that the debate on mega-farms “He has put United We Can in the electoral campaign” for the elections of February 13, giving this space the green flag in the absence of the socialists. “He starts from a much more advantageous position than he had before.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.