Chaves & Griñán thrown to the judicial wolves to save the PSOE-A

Susana Díaz may be President of Andalucía after all next week, after her two predecessors Manuel Chaves & José Griñán both announced they would quit politics at the next elections. It is impossible for Susana to become President at next weeks investiture without the support of some of the opposition parties, and both Podemos & Cuidadanos have drawn “lines in the sand” which Susana’s PSOE party have to agree to first. The first of the Continue reading Chaves & Griñán thrown to the judicial wolves to save the PSOE-A

PSOE candidate strips off to get the votes

The PSOE candidate for Mayor in Alcaldía de Meruelo (Cantabria), one Luis Alberto Nicolás, has put up election posters of himself naked (but with the naughty bits hidden by the PSOE rose) to “make a difference”. Luis reckons his town, ruled by a PP mayor in 1979, needs to be shocked out of its fear and apathy into voting for change. His idea seems to be emphasis his “transparency”. His poster reads: I’m better than Continue reading PSOE candidate strips off to get the votes

Who will rule Andalusia?

Andalusia came out of the recent election with a hung parliament, and Susana Diaz of the PSOE party continues running round all the opposition parties to see if she can put together some sort of coalition ahead of next weeks investiture. If she can’t get support, she won’t be voted in as President of Andalusia and the region will continue without a parliament. In order to rule, the PSOE has to make a coalition with Continue reading Who will rule Andalusia?

Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring

Rumours are spreading that the elections to the Junta de Andalucia may be bought forwards to coincide with the May municipal elections after President Susana Diaz ordered all provincial PSOE heads to a secret lunch next Tuesday. https://twitter.com/JaviRivero/status/556865252936388608 If she wants to convoke elections for May, then she must announce them before the 27th of January. The lunch is being held just before a meeting of the Andalucian council of government, and the law stipulates Continue reading Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring

PSOE leader gets lost in the USA; much mockery follows

Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish equivalent to Ed Miliband (goofy, quite irritating and not quite in control of his party) went to the States last weekend in an effort to build up his statesman image. Sadly, despite a love in with Madeleine Albright (he showed her his proposals for a “Spanish political recuperation and regeneration” – she asked who the hell he was and why he was following her around), a meeting with Christine Lagarde of Continue reading PSOE leader gets lost in the USA; much mockery follows

Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

The Junta has said it will finish off all of the abandoned motorways in the province, if the EU stumps up 280 million euros to pay for it all. Well, that’s the essence of yesterday’s statement. The plan submitted to the EU is asking for Andalucia’s share of Presidents Juncker’s massive cash spend under the known “Plan Juncker”. The EU Prezzie, you will remember, has abandoned austerity and announced he’s spending hundreds of billions of Continue reading Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

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

We don’t need the Ministry of Defense says PSOE leader

Pedro Sánchez, leader of the opposition PSOE party, told El Mundo newspaper over the weekend that “we don’t need the Ministry of Defense” in response to a question about which national Ministry could be cut, and which needed more money. The declaration by the man who could be President next year has sent a shockwave through Spain’s military. You see, (one) of the troubles with Spain is that the politicians have been living in fear Continue reading We don’t need the Ministry of Defense says PSOE leader

Heads roll at the PSOE after wipe-out at the EU elections

Heads are rolling at the PSOE after their disastrous showing at the EU elections. Although they were still the second most voted party, their share of the vote more than halved, to just 23%, and lost 9 MEP’s. And so there will be “a new direction”. An extraordinary general meeting of the PSOE has been called for the 19-20 July, in which “a new direction” will be voted for. This is generally taken to mean Continue reading Heads roll at the PSOE after wipe-out at the EU elections

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