The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has starred in a new installment of his self-promoting televised interviews with ministers to try to occupy new spaces in the electoral campaign. The one chosen this Thursday has been the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planasafter the one the day before with José Luis Escrivá, and the tone has been one of mutual praise.
“If you allow me, Spain had a great success in Brussels in July 2020,” said Planas, a former senior official at the European Commission. “You As President of the Government you achieved the impossible practically: that with a budget cut of 15% there would be 47,724 million for Spain in the Common Agrarian Policy; and 140,000 million for the Recovery plan”.
The PSOE leader has praised the wisdom of Planas. “More than an open book you are an encyclopedia“, he stated before an audience of PSOE militants led by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero.
Sánchez has shortened the duration of the talk with respect to Escrivá’s, but continues to choose profiles for interviews with technical ministers more likely to attract a moderate vote. The president does not give any sign of wanting to interview controversial members of the Executive such as the head of Equality, Irene Montero.
Sánchez and Planas have taken advantage of the format to anticipate that in the socialist electoral program a Family Farming Law will be included. The objective is to “update” the 1995 Farm Modernization Act and determine issues such as the definition of professional farmer, main or part-time farmers or shared ownership, as they have explained.