It’s pronounced /ˈtʰɔu̯ʂhau̯n/. We landed at Vagur airport ahead of schedule and were quickly dropped off at the airport carpark. I picked up the excellent car provided by Unicar.fo and set off. Now, old hand that I am, I had done my homework about the car hire. The big companies had proven to be more expensive than unicar.fo, and so I settled for the local company. They obliging sent me a list of the cars Continue reading Tórshavn
(And I’m not talking about the Catalonia independence issue). Rajoy committed a rather spectacular blunder today when he voted against his own budget amendment. Even more surprisingly, he was the only MP to do so, meaning his “mistake” was rather obvious. Everyone stared in amazement at the info board which shows how MP’s voted, with one little red dot where Rajoy sits (image on the left). https://twitter.com/Ainhat/status/869885984841879552 Spanish MP’s don’t bother with formalities when voting. Continue reading Rajoy cocks up
AUAN spent a marathon day in the Parliament of Andalucía on Wednesday 8th of June 2016 to promote a speedy implementation of a change to the Planning Laws (LOUA) to provide a way forward for thousands, although not all, irregular houses. The meetings in parliament were attended by the president of AUAN, Maura Hillen, the association’s spokesperson, Gerardo Vázquez, and representatives of other groups from other parts of Andalucía, including SOHA from Malaga, coordinated within Continue reading AUAN says that the illegal homes regularisation decree will be passed in July
Yesterday, 7th of October, the first reading of the Parliamentary Bill, to deal with illegal land divisions (parcelaciones urbanísticas) containing irregular houses, took place in the Parliament of Andalucia. As Gerardo Vazquez, spokesperson for AUAN, and other associations, and who was present during the parliamentary session explained ‘Those affected support this change and in general are pleased with it. Obviously, it does not cure everything and we must continue to work. Whilst it is Continue reading Parliamentary Bill to change the LOUA – so far so good
Unlike some of her recently elected colleagues, the President of the Navarran Parliament (Oop north somewhere) has elected not to delete her twitter feed, instead telling journalists that she’ll “post whatever the f**k I want” (a rough translation from the Spanish). Well, quite. Such as this selfie of her kicking off the San Fermin fiesta last year in Pamplona. Ainhoa Aznárez really was kicking off the fiesta early – as she proudly states, the photo Continue reading Navarran Parliament President’s Party Photos prove phun!
The Parliament of Andalucia voted against the investiture of Susana Diaz (PSOE) as President this afternoon. All three opposition parties voted against her. Her 47 PSOE MP’s voted for her, but the 62 MP’s of the PP, Podemos and Cuidadanos all voted against her. The result was mainly expected. She needed an absolute majority to become President. She will have a second opportunity this Friday, when she will only need a simple majority to become Continue reading Susana Diaz fails in first attempt to become President of Andalucia
Today saw the investiture of the Andalusian Parliament. Not the votes for the President of the Junta de Andalucia which takes place on Monday, and which looks likely to leave Andalusia rudderless. In brief, the President of the Junta is the executive, the Parliament is the legislative. 109 MP’s from five different parties turned up today to take their seats. For the first time anywhere in Spain, MP’s from the new Podemos and Cuidadanos parties Continue reading Andalusian Parliament investiture ends in rows and legal action