The man under fire over the clean-up operation following the Prestige tanker disaster off the coast of Galicia will soon be heading for the Balearics to stand as candidate for the Partido Popular in the local elections next June. Jaume Matas, the present minister for the environment and Chairman of the Party in the Balearics, has been criticised for not doing enough to avert the ecological disaster which is now taking place. The Spanish media have questions his tactics and have claimed that the minister could have done a lot more in the days leading up to the sinking. The Prestige affair will probably be his last major task before he stands down and starts campaigning in the Balearics. Matas has so far not said if he will be standing for the post of the Balearic President but political sources say it is just a question of time. The criticisms made against Matas will certainly not help his bid for the Balearic Presidency. Worst still were the allegations made against him over vote rigging at the last local elections. The claims, which were later proved to be false, have naturally hampered Matas. The claims were also exploited by the socialist party both here, where they govern and in Madrid where they are the official opposition. The next three months are going to prove crucial for Matas both at a national and local level. At the moment he is the spotlight nationwide and soon it will be the same in the Balearics. The Partido Popular hierachy already know that he lost the last Balearic elections to the five party coalition. In other words he has to prove his worth.