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

Rubalcaba suggests banning the 500 euro note

It’ll bring all the black money out from under the mattress, and inject it into the economy, according to the leader of the opposition, if Europe withdraws the 500 euro note from legal tender. The annoying Rubalcaba, a man who the PSOE are slowly realising they have to dump (but can’t because he’s killed off all the rivals) came out with this idea during a “Q&A” session, in whose official photo, somebody pointed out, not Continue reading Rubalcaba suggests banning the 500 euro note

Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

The PSOE is now urging the government to turn Spain into a full Federal state, with full powers to the regions, as an alternate to the breakup of Spain if Catalonia tries for full independence. It was first officially suggested last week by the President of Andalucia, Griñán, and the sentiment was echoed today by Rubalcaba, the leader of the PSOE. “I quite like the German model” he told reporters. Rubalcaba also said that the Continue reading Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

Carme? Carmen? Carmeta? Catalan or Andaluz? PSOE leadership fight launched from Olula del Rio

However she spells her name – and Carme Chacón likes to change the spelling depending where she is in Spain- the ex-minister of Defense can be sure of one thing: if she loses the PSOE leadership fight, Rubalcaba will sink her without mercy. Carme was a PSOE bigwig in the previous administration who became the first ever female Minister of Defense under Zapatero (she famously travelled to Afghanistan while pregnant) and did bugger all else. Continue reading Carme? Carmen? Carmeta? Catalan or Andaluz? PSOE leadership fight launched from Olula del Rio

Rubalcaba: I will outlaw paying bills over 3,000€ in cash

Seriously. This is the PSOE candidates answer as to how he will clamp down on fiscal fraud, and bring Spain out of the recession. He’s going to outlaw paying cash for invoices worth over 3,000€. Says it all, really. If it wasn’t such a serious matter, I’d be laughing. (part of his q&a session on Twitter). Meanwhile, AFES, the association for families affected by embargoes, warns that 1 out of every 5 Spanish families who Continue reading Rubalcaba: I will outlaw paying bills over 3,000€ in cash

Hey, Rubalcaba’s in town!

Rubalcaba, first Vice-Minister of Spain, a man who looks like a gnome with cancer, and tipped to be the next candidate of the PSOE for the 2012 general election if Zippy’s fingers can be prised out off the red button, has been in town visiting Vicar and Pulpi (both PSOE marginals). He was received, according to La Voz, by multitudes, “some more effusive than others”. Here’s todays political cartoon from La Voz. Funny stuff. Whatever Continue reading Hey, Rubalcaba’s in town!