Category Archives: Miguel Sebastián

Another one bites the dust – and Chavés has had enough

We noted earlier that serving ministers were jumping ship and not seeking reelection at an alarming rate. As we mentioned before, this emphasises how low morale is in the PSOE camp, and how unlikely victory seems even for those at the very top. It is also a very poor reflection on their belief in their own presidential candidate, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.

Now the announcement of José Bono (left), the President of the Congress, that he will not seek reelection and his suggestion that the old guard of the PSOE should make way for a younger generation has finally made one of Rubalcaba’s loyal lieutenants flip his lid. Manuel Chavés, the current Third Vice President of the Government and President of the PSOE, has hit out at colleagues who are throwing in the towel for an easier life. “It is easy,” he said this afternoon, “to give up when a large hole has opened in the boat.”

“I believe that everyone is needed – including Mr Bono,” he continued. “I am the President of the Socialist Party and I have a responsibility; nobody in my party would understand if I were to give up now”.

Nobody, that is, except Bono…or Salgado…or Sebastián…etc…

More Ministers Abandon Rubalcaba and Seek Life Outside Politics

Opinion polls suggest that Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba has a mountain to climb if he wants to ensure a third successive win for the PSOE at the general election in November.

He will hardly be encouraged, therefore, to hear that yet another of his ministerial colleagues has decided to abandon their political career and pursue other interests.

Both Elena Salgado, Economy Minister, and Miguel Sebastián, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism announced they would be retiring from front-line politics at the general election.

Then, Minister of Science and Innovation Cristina Garmendia announced last week that she plans to renter the private sector at the end of this legislative period.

And now Minister of Education, Ángel Gabilondo, has revealed that, contrary to rumours, he has declined Rubalcaba’s invitation to join the lists and contest a parliamentary seat inValencia.

The decisions of these ministers not to contest the next election is hardly a ringing endorsement or a vote of confidence for Rubalcaba. Rather it belies a tired and outdated party, and shows how little the Socialists themselves – even those at the helm – believe in victory.