Biel Barceló, happy that the ministry is doing good work. | Joan Torres

Tourism minister Biel Barceló, facing calls for his resignation over the Més contracts affair and in light of the departure of Pere Muñoz, the director of the Balearic Tourism Agency, hit back at his critics yesterday by saying that he and the ministry are doing "very good work".

Barceló said that he could understand that the Partido Popular "with its usual demagoguery and destructive opposition would call for more blood". However, he stressed, "we will continue working and continue to do very good work".

He went on to explain that the government has fulfilled more than what had been set out in the agreements for change with Podemos (who have also been calling for his head). These agreements, drawn up as the basis for the government (PSOE and Més) working with Podemos, hadn't included establishing a limit on the number of tourist places or the moratorium on new holiday rental licences, which will last at least until zoning decisions have been made.

Podemos know perfectly well, he added, that the agreements for change are being complied with, "that we are open to continue talking and that we are always available". He pointed out that Podemos had supported the tourist tax and the holiday rentals law (albeit that this did require an amendment and a government decree in order to satisfy Podemos).