There’s a rather bizarre fight going on in Spanish politics at the moment, after Salvador Illa, the health minister, admitted in a moment of absent mindlessness that a supposed committee of independent experts who were supposed to be advising the government on the lockdown – didn’t exist. Continue reading So just who was advising the government about the lockdown?
The courts have this morning overturned the emergency quarantine of half a million people in Lleida. Both the public prosecutor and the magistrate asked to review the measure consider the massive scale of the lockdown to be “disproportionate” and “not based upon scientific evidence”. Judge Elena García-Muñoz Alarcos furthermore said that such a massive lockdown would only be constitutional if passed using national State of Emergency laws, a decision that could stop all regions of Continue reading Judge stops the quarantine of half a million people in Lleida
Galicia and Pais Vasco voted today. What happened? Continue reading Northern elections show the Spanish returning to their roots
Here’s a fun statistic. It turns out that Almería is the province with the greatest number of reported gender related crimes, relative to head of population, in the country, over the last 15 years. And Roquetas de Mar is the hotbed of the plague – it is the large city with the greatest number of reported crimes per head of population in the country. Between 2003 and 2018, there was an average of 5.4 murders Continue reading Almería leads gender related violence stats for the last 15 years
So today marked one of the most tumultuous days in the Spanish parliament ever, with accusations of supporting terrorism being levied at Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, general cries of corruption, and a unified demand from the main opposition parties for the Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska to either stand down or be fired. Really, it’s almost a question of what will explode first, the ruling coalition or Spain itself. Marlaska is in trouble for Continue reading Hours after facing down calls in parliament to resign for firing top coppers – Marlaska goes and fires ANOTHER top copper
Colonel Diego Perez de los Lobos, the head of the Madrid Guardia Civil, has been fired on personal orders from the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, with immediate effect. A terse note from the Ministry of the Interior confirmed the firing, and said that the motive was down to a “loss of confidence in his ability to do his job”. The Colonel was later seen driving out of head office, in mufti and in Continue reading Madrid’s Guardia Civil chief fired – for investigating those he shouldn’t, it seems
Podemos held its third Citizen’s Assembly, online due to the COVID19 crisis, this week. Iglesias got re-elected as leader by a whopping 92%. However, only 11% of party members bothered to vote, so maybe he isn’t as popular as he thinks he is. The low turnout may have been influenced by the fact that he only had one opponent, a nobody called Fernando Barredo. Nobody had ever heard of this Fernando before, he was obviously Continue reading Iglesias just got re-elected in a landslide and got permission for a pay-rise to boot
The Spanish council of ministers has just approved an additional 500 million euros to help prevent gender related violence, split over five years (so that’s 100 million euros a year), on top of what-ever large amount is currently spends on gender related violence. Seems it was going to be 1,000 million euros, not sure what happened to the other 500 million! https://boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/19/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-5135.pdf The money is divided up according to population density according to an eye-wateringly Continue reading Another 100 million euros to stop gender violence
While you were out enjoying the sun, the commies in government just blew up the coalition. OK, this is difficult to explain but I’ll try to explain why Sanchez just went down the toilet today. Both the PSOE and Podemos have said they want to undo the “labour reform” laws enacted by the previous PP government, which made it (very slightly) easier for companies to hire and fire. PSOE want to “evolve” the laws, Podemos Continue reading Pedro Sanchez’s bad day out
…is infuriating. Time after time you start one of his stories, which promise unending delight and pleasure, and you discover that after the introduction he has run out of steam and abruptly ended it. The man had the attention span of a gnat.