Rajoy on official visit to Almería next weekend – will he bring gifts?

President Rajoy is coming to Almería next weekend on a two day official visit. He will be on state business on the 17th and on the 18th is expected to meet with business leaders and PP politicians. He’ll be giving two public speeches, one in Almeria and another in Aguadulce. The hope is that he will be announcing some nice projects for the province – the PSOE have already asked, in a satirical moment, if Continue reading Rajoy on official visit to Almería next weekend – will he bring gifts?

Who was Adolfo Suárez?

Spain is in mourning for Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic President of Spain, who died on Sunday. But, who was he, and why have most people never heard of him? His tale is a interesting and intriguing one – for most Spaniards associate him with the hope that followed the death of the military dictator Franco, when anything seemed possible, and before they became disillusioned with their politicians.

Andalucia’s new President sworn in

Democracy was the only loser after Susana Diaz was voted in as the new President of Andalucia yesterday, during a confusing meeting in the regional Parliament where accusations of lying, corruption and blatant theft hang heavy over those present. The PSOE’s coalition partner, the communist Izquierda Unida, showed their normal firm grasp on things important by attempting to hijack the vote to force the region to vote against the use of military force in Syria. Continue reading Andalucia’s new President sworn in

Tea with the President

I’ve been “cordially invited” * to meet the (unelected) President of Andalucía Jose Antonio Griñán this Thursday, which is nice. The Mayor popped her head round the door of the bar this morning, having spotted me taking coffee and a tostada inside, and said that she’d just received confirmation that he’d be in town on Thursday, and was keen to meet some local businesspeople, and would I care for the honour. The subtext, of course, Continue reading Tea with the President