After a week plagued by internal controversies with very negative repercussions for the Government and also for an eventual re-election of Pedro Sánchez as president after the general elections next year -due to the undesired effects of the Law on Sexual Freedom- the debate on a reform of the crime of embezzlement, and the open war between Podemos and Vice President Yolanda Díaz-, the PSOE is now trying to preserve the battered cohesion of the coalition Executive. And highlight their achievements, instead of continuing to pour gasoline on the fire.
"The health of the coalition is demonstrated through the facts," warned Minister Pilar Alegría, spokesperson for the PSOE executive. And, among these facts, she has highlighted that next Thursday Congress is expected to approve, for its referral to the Senate, the third consecutive draft general state budget, "in time and form." Also, some 170 legislative initiatives. For example, the labor reform.
The PSOE did not like the accusations of "machismo" that the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, leveled at the judges who are lowering the sentences for sexual offenders due to their interpretation of the "only yes is yes" law. “This Government is deeply respectful of the separation of powers. And, therefore, we have the utmost respect for the Judiciary”, Alegría highlighted.
But Ferraz's spokeswoman has warned that the Sexual Freedom law, although it was promoted by Montero as head of the Equality portfolio, was approved by the Executive as a whole. “The laws that are approved by the Council of Ministers are laws of the Government. The protagonism of the laws belongs to the entire Government as a whole”, Alegría highlighted. And she has insisted on demanding "prudence", waiting for the Supreme Court and the State Attorney General's Office to rule, hoping that they will unify doctrine and establish jurisprudence. In the event that this is not the case, and only in that case, the Executive would consider correcting the aspects of the law that allow a judicial interpretation that is very distant from the "object and objective" of the norm, which is the comprehensive protection of women.
Alegría has directed the shot against the Popular Party and its leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo. "It is unfortunate that the PP intends to give us lessons in equality," he criticized, after this party, according to what he regretted, voted against all legislative advances on the matter. "Lessons of equality of the PP, none", has settled.
At the same time, the PSOE spokeswoman has asked that the hatchet be buried in the political space to her left, since it not only harms the coalition government but also makes it even more difficult to achieve a progressive majority in the next general elections that allow a re-election of Sánchez. Faced with the struggle unleashed between Podemos and Vice President Yolanda Díaz, Alegría has demanded that the political space to the left of the PSOE go to the next municipal and regional elections, and later to the general ones, "with the maximum unity". Only then will it be possible, as she has warned, to mobilize the progressive electorate at the polls. Everyone already knows what the alternative is.