Albox Mayor kicked out of PSOE over corruption claims

The Mayor of Albox has been suspended from his PSOE party over claims of corruption and undeclared trips charged to the public purse. The order by given by the President of Andalucia personally, Susana Diaz, who seems concerned that allegations about to be revealed will again drag her party into yet another corruption scandal. Mayor Rogelio Mena was also secretary of Ideas and Programs for the Andalusian PSOE party. Officially he has had his party Continue reading Albox Mayor kicked out of PSOE over corruption claims

Only three Spanish political parties pass Transparency International test

Only three Spanish political parties have passed the stringent tests set by international anti-corruption organisation Transparency International. And PP and the PSOE aren’t in the list : the PP scored just 4 out of 10, and the PSOE a dismal 3. Last thing any of them want is for any nosey citizen to start adding up their sums…. UPyD sails into the lead with a score of 9 out of 10. IU and ERC just Continue reading Only three Spanish political parties pass Transparency International test

Andalusian government coalition splits over housing row

The Izquierda Unida party has “suspended” the coalition with the PSOE party until President Diaz retracts the withdrawal of power issued today. Diaz yesterday withdraw housing rights from the IU Minister for Housing after she handed out free homes to a bunch of squatter evicted from the Corralia Utopía. The IU had a party meeting today in which they decided to “suspend” the coalition until the rights are returned to the Minister. The minister in Continue reading Andalusian government coalition splits over housing row

PP-PSOE establish a “hotline” and joint working group against Catalan independence

The PP and the PSOE are believed to have formed a joint working group of top brass, together with a direct “hotline” between the leaders of both parties, with the sole intention of presenting a united front against Catalan independence. Rajoy has publicly said that he will not go down in history as the PM who allowed Spain to fracture, and Rubalcaba (the PSOE leader of the opposition) is as firmly opposed to any talk Continue reading PP-PSOE establish a “hotline” and joint working group against Catalan independence

Rajoy says No Referendum, No Catalan, No breakup of Spain on my watch!

Mariano Rajoy delivered a furious speech today in Barcelona, during which he said he would NOT permit a referendum on Catalan autonomy, said any such referendum was ILLEGAL, would NOT permit any actions that would lead to a breakup of Spain, would TAKE ACTION against anyone who tried hold a referendum and would NOT enter into any discussions on the matter.

Opposition calls for PM to quit over corruption scandal

The leader of Spain’s opposition Socialists has urged PM Mariano Rajoy to resign amid corruption allegations made in a centre-left newspaper. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Mr Rajoy “cannot lead the country” as Spain faces a huge economic crisis. El Pais has published images of ledgers showing payments to members of the governing PP. Mr Rajoy says they are false and denies receiving payments. Protests against Mr Rajoy were held on Saturday in several cities. An Continue reading Opposition calls for PM to quit over corruption scandal

Barcenas dishes the dirt on the PP party

The ex-treasurer of the PP party, Luis Barcenas, has handed over the courts “secret accounts” detailing cash payments to senior party members of the years, in retribution for being hauled over the courts for tax evasion. He’s on trial for smuggling millions into his secret bank account in Switzerland, and seems aggrieved that his old mates haven’t pulled a few strings to get him off. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades Continue reading Barcenas dishes the dirt on the PP party

Velez Rubio’s mayor earns more than the PM, claims opposition

7.987,48€ is what Miguel Martínez- Carlón, PP Mayor of Velez Rubio, was paid in June, according to what the opposition PSOE party have published in their local newsletter, which means, according to their figures, that he earnt more than the PM of Spain, Mariano Rajoy. Digging into the figures, we see that the amount is slightly exaggerated – the amount paid to the Mayor included his summer bonus, the cost of his social security and a Continue reading Velez Rubio’s mayor earns more than the PM, claims opposition

Speed limits on toll roads about to be upped?

Flushed with the excitement of the great idea of allowing rich foriegners instant access to the country in exchange for 160k, the government has come up with another revenue raising scheme: They want to up the speed limits on the nations bankrupt tollroads to 140 kph. The theory is that this way more people will use the tollroads (coz it’s faster) thus raising cash flow at the poverty stricken companies, and save them from having Continue reading Speed limits on toll roads about to be upped?