«I wasn’t a leader, I didn’t create it for myself»

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Former Prime Minister and leader of the PSOE between 1974 and going underground in 1997 Felipe Gonzalez, launched this harshest diatribe against Pedro Sánchez and against the other socialist president of democracy, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. And no, she did it in no debate forum or similar, but in a mass audience entertainment program, in “El Hormiguero” on Antena 3 Televisión.

During an hour of conversation with Pablo MotosDespite neglecting some of his collaborators or sections on this occasion, González criticized very harshly the paper that the president of the government sent to the Spaniards at the end of April. «Eso no fue liderazgo», he declared, receiving an ovation from the public who usually follows the program live. “I didn’t believe it,” he assured him, asking that he can resign. And after making sure that during his mandate he thought “just a few times” on this path, he thought what a leader must do when he has two people: “The person who has the responsibility of making decisions duda with the almohad and when he consults with the almohada tells the citizens that this is what they believe they have to do, they don’t ask them what they have to do.”

More information again with Zapatero, of whom he said in a sarcastic tone that «es buen muchacho», to calify the continuation of the «terrorism» on herencia in Catalonia for the PSC, and record that in 2011, when the Government was elected, the PP I played for absolute mayor and «I only stayed at (Alfredo Pérez) Rubalcaba» . Questioned by the vote on the amnesty law on the 30th of the next day in Congress, the historic socialist leader began his dissertation like this: «To the best of what I say now if you enter hasta Zapatero, that this work eh…» , a statement that provoked a loud laugh from the audience.

The ex-president, in return, praised the ex-president of Aragón and the leader of the PSOE in that community, Javier Lambán, the day after responding to your book presentation. But also, above all, to Salvador Illa, of whom he said that he must preside over the Generalitat «for Catalan society, because he too has the style of coexistence that citizens require». And I said that in the negotiation for the future of the Catalan government there was no “change of chrome”. «I hope that from now on there will be no negotiations either with Puigdemont (Carles) or with Aragonès (Pere) without passing through the knowledge and co-responsibility of Salvador Illa. “How can I negotiate what I want to govern, if truthfully I want to govern, in Ginebra or in Waterloo?”, he asked himself rhetorically, alluding to the open negotiations abroad between Spain between the PSOE and the Junts for Catalunya.

With an example from the Constitution

Dressed in a suit and hat, and wearing glasses throughout the interview, González appeared on the platform of the successful program with a portfolio. He has a constitution that he has flattered and various articles he has read in different moments of his life. With the example of the Carta Magna in hand, and appealing to the “young people”, the former head of the Executive between 1982 and 1996 said that “this is what we agreed upon, after 78, when all of Spain voted in Catalonia. After he brought the exiled green man, who was Tarradellas (Josep).” And he added: «The best was this night Puigdemont, and Aragonés, who were voted for more than in any part of Spain. This is, eh, not the stupid things that they invent. At the very least, they should have respect for those Catalans who may be my age, or older than me”, reported the Sevillian politician, who is 82 years old.

The reference to Sánchez’s card and the five days in April in which he loved Dimitir was not the only criticism of the tenant of La Moncloa and the PSOE. Referring precisely to Lambán, who qualified himself as an “honest” person, González criticized the fact that they could be sanctioned “because what happened in the party a year ago, we can’t insult the intelligentsia”. A reference to the ley de amnistía, which he wanted to criticize harshly, and to the fact that the ex-president of Aragonés ausentase the vote above the norm in the Senate, an indiscipline that resulted in the corresponding fine of 600 euros in the Socialist Group.

González criticized both the way in which Sánchez took over the government of the Gobierno as well as directing the party. On various occasions it was ensured that the study in the Government «to govern, and not to stay», and on the PSOE, of which it was expressly recorded that «he rebuilt it», in reference to the process that divided the party between the leaders of the exile , like Rodolfo Llopis, and the interior, like the same Alfonso Guerra. A process that culminated in the famous Suresnes congress, which will have been completed for five years next October. Likewise, it was ascertained that in the Federal Committee (the highest body of the PSOE congresses) in his era there were “20% or 30%” of discrepant voices and “the debates lasted a day, or a day and a half . That’s what happened.”

The former PSOE leader was also vocal about other aspects of reality. Before ending the interview, and without having asked her the question, he asked «to renew the General Council of the Judicial Power, morning is late», and criticized the Partido Popular (PP) for having done so in the last six years of arguments many odds to not do it. «They have given so many reasons that they do not have any reason», he declared on the Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

Regarding international issues, González made sure that he did not withdraw from the ambassadorship to Argentina as he did in Gobierno, at the time in which he descaled the Argentine president, Javier Milei, for his “rude” words against Sánchez and in general for his political positions, in particular for his criticism of public health and education.

Regarding the recognition of Palestine that the Government will adopt together with Ireland and Norway at the Council of Ministers of the next Mars, González did not oppose it, but showed himself skeptical in the hour of evaluating its effects on the conflict in the Near East . . A conflict over what he pronounced a long desertion, including his experience of him in 1991 as a guest of the peace conference who stayed in Madrid, and which opened the path for the friends of Oslo two years later.

A su juicio, no one can ignore the “complexity” of a conflict in that “low method”, he said it in a colloquial tone, since 1973. In that line it was also resolved in a very acid way against the second vice president and leader of Sumar, Yolanda Diaz, to ask that Palestine be recognized “from the river until the sea”. The veteran manager wondered about the scandal «but he has counted it here. From Jordan to the sea is all of Palestine, so he wants to decide that he has to go, as the Iranians say, to the Jews at the sea … like the echo of Hitler, who echoed him in the gas chambers.” González pointed out that this position is similar, albeit from another angle, to that of Orthodox Jews and colonists who return to the same territory in their entirety.

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