The Illa effect and the distribution of ministries as consolation prizes

The already famous Illa effect, which strangely gives name the Minister of Health that has harvested the worst data in the management of covid-19 in all of Europe, also has its collateral effects (or damages). Thus, this Tuesday it was confirmed that Miquel Iceta, who had to be given a consolation prize after removing his candidacy for the Generalitat, will be the new Minister of Public Function and Territorial Policy and, rebound, the one who until now played that role, Carolina Darias, will become the head of Health.

This beautiful carambola can only occur in Spain, this piece of the planet traversed by the shadow of Cain where respect for the principles of merit and ability and effort is conspicuous by its absence – yes, it sounds like a slogan, but it is painfully true. What does Mr. Iceta know or what has he done in his long political career to be the minister of that branch? Perhaps its Catalan origin? No. The answer is to be faithful to the boss, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, alleged author of a doctoral thesis and alleged author of that reference work that is Resistance manual. A book written, don’t forget, by a whole secretary of state like Irene Lozano.

And what does it put on the curriculum of Mrs. Darias, apparently an expert in Law, that justifies her leadership in the key Ministry to face the crisis derived from the coronavirus pandemic? Nobody knows. But nobody cares either. Perhaps because 90% of Spaniards ignore who this policy really is that, like most of those who go far in public affairs, he has simply kept the principles of obedience and faithfulness, which are the sacred vows that must be fulfilled to achieve a prestigious position.

Ministries are handed out as gifts to colleagues on a Secret Santa Day. If Sanchez touches you, you can drop a ministerial portfolio. If you happen to be Iván Redondo, you may be lucky and end up as president of a public company

Holding positions in the Government is already a form of perk like any other of this ruling class that we suffer. In the Spain of 2021, the ministries are distributed as gifts among colleagues on an invisible friend day. If Sanchez touches you, you can drop a ministerial portfolio. If it touches you Ivan Redondo, you may be lucky and end up as president of a public company or head of one of those newly minted think tanks.

The two appointments that have been made official today have sailor cloth to weave, cut and give away. But it must be recognized that Iceta’s case is impressive. Minister as a consolation prize. And the best of all, for grotesque, of course, is that nobody is surprised or scandalized. Because at this point everyone knew that Sánchez was going to place him as a minister. After replacing him as candidate of the PSC by Illa, the man of kind disposition and management more than debatable, you had to comfort him. So that he wouldn’t be sad. To give him an exit after the stabbing. To reward you for that blind fidelity. Everything is possible in the country of the Illa effect.

Source: Vozpópuli – Home by

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