Madrid, Nov 22 (EFE) .- Leaders and former leaders of the PSOE, former presidents such as Felipe González, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero or Mariano Rajoy rescue the legacy of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba and participate in a first biography that, in the absence of the memoirs he never wrote , discover the ins and outs of politics of the last 30 years.
The book “Rubalcaba. A real politician”, the work of journalist Antonio Caño and edited by ‘Plaza & Janés’, collects testimonies from allies and detractors, delves into personal writings and emphasizes what he always considered his greatest achievement: having contributed to the end of ETA.
The text, which goes on sale next Thursday 26, contains unpublished information on March 11, the outlawing of Batasuna, the end of ETA, the Statute of Catalonia or the territorial debate, but it also explores relations with other leaders of the PSOE and with Pedro Sánchez in particular who, precisely, has refused to participate in the book, according to the publisher.
The first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, refers to the relationship with Pedro Sánchez, who says that Rubalcaba thought that the current president of the Government “was not a socialist, a social democrat. He considered him a leftist radical.”
For his part, according to the editorial note, Sánchez distrusted Rubalcaba’s intentions and preferred to keep him at a distance, unlike Iceta who continually consulted him because he needed to know his point of view.
“I have told Pedro that at some time, what happens is that Pedro is very special for this.” “And I think he missed that because Rubalcaba had an experience, knowledge and rigor of things … “, admits the leader of the PSC.
But not only does the book enter personal relationships, it also addresses great moments such as the day ETA announced that it was laying down its arms. “The iron minister that he was began to cry. He had dedicated so much to him …” emphasizes the author.
Antonio Caño highlights that Rubalcaba always thought in the long term, marking the path of those who sat at the negotiating table and ended what he believed to be the last Franco legacy.
But not only with politicians, Colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos praises Rubalcaba’s quality, as Minister of the Interior, of meeting “and talking in his pants with Civil Guard commanders” about operational details in which none of his predecessors would have entered.
And that, says the colonel and picks up the editorial note, allowed him to have a very exhaustive knowledge of the reality of the enemy he was facing.
But what made him feel very alone, according to his chief of staff, Goyo Martínez, is the lack of support from the PP regarding ETA. “The biggest reproach was that in a state affair like this, we needed them behind us, because we were always behind them.”
In the interview for this book with Rajoy, the former president confirms that in 2013, at the height of tensions with Catalonia, Rubalcaba gave him a document with his proposals to resolve the territorial issue and that they were going through a reform of the Constitution, a map of regional powers and a reform of the Senate. It was not only about Catalonia.
Rajoy comments that the document was given to him with the PSOE logo and he asked him to bring it on blank paper with the intention of discussing it with other people without there being any detail that could reveal the origin.
The book also delves into another historical moment: March 11 and one of his speeches after the attacks: “Spanish citizens deserve a government that does not lie to them, a government that always tells them the truth.”
Words that probably served to finish off the electoral victory of the PSOE, according to the editorial in the press release.
The text also delves into the rivalry with Carme Chacón that turned into “manifest enmity” when she married Miguel Barroso, one of her biggest antagonists in the party, the statement said.
And he accepted the challenge of being a candidate for the 2011 elections knowing that it could be a trap.
“He did not come to believe me when I warned him that the president had other plans,” reveals former socialist leader Elena Valenciano in the book. “I told him that the president’s plans were for (Rubalcaba) to eat the result that was going to be bad, and that the alternative, the next step was Chacón, now free of dust and straw.”
Another of the phrases attributed to him is that of the “Frankenstein Government” to which he saw Sánchez doomed, and this is recognized in the book by former President Felipe González.
González maintained a fluid and constant relationship with Rubalcaba. “I criticized him for starting his analysis from back to front, I criticized him a lot, but in a funny tone. Ruba had no limitation in calling me,” he says.
His wife, Pilar Goya, is also present in this biography. Goya recalls impressed the burning chapel in Congress and the disconsolate presence of her students who hugged her crying and the commanders of the National Police and the Civil Guard “so excited.”
“They told me that the queue in the street was spectacular, that there were people who queued up to three hours. It was a kind of collective catharsis,” admits the woman who met Rubalcaba studying Chemistry and spent her entire life with him.
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