Comment on Minister: Anne Spiegel showed weakness in a very honest way

Four weeks vacation in France – only ten days after the devastating flood disaster! What became known about Anne Spiegel’s time as Environment Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate is more than likely to damage trust in the work of politicians. While people are struggling to survive at home, such a vacation is a highly problematic signal.

The very personal insights that Spiegel has now given into the reasons for her vacation – the excessive demands on the family after her husband’s stroke and the time in the corona pandemic – were not easy for the minister. But they were necessary so that people could understand their actions. Spiegel’s appearance seemed honest – as did her apology.

The four weeks of vacation after the flood disaster threatened to become an unmanageable burden for Spiegel’s work as Federal Minister for Family Affairs. That was all the more true, since after revelations about an exchange of text messages with employees after the flood disaster, she stood there as if she was primarily concerned with herself. “The blame game could start immediately, we need wording that we warned in time,” she wrote. Understandably, many citizens found this cynical.

The Heinen-Esser case

Spiegel’s current statements show that there is a difference to the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Family Affairs, Ursula Heinen-Esser, who was on vacation in Mallorca immediately after the flood disaster. Heinen-Esser had to resign. It wasn’t the trip itself that cost her the office, but the fact that she only admitted the truth bit by bit.

Federal Family Minister Anne Spiegel has now very honestly shown weakness. Now it depends on how strong the support from your own party is.

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