Rajoy cocks up

(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

How many foreigners are registered to vote in the municipal elections?

I’ve been looking at the number of EU residents and people from non-EU countries who are registered to vote in the municipal elections this 22 May. Remember that EU citizens are automatically eligible to vote in the municipal elections of the town they live in, but certain non-EU countries (listed below) have bilateral agreements with Spain to extend their suffrage. Across the whole of Spain, there are 104.479 Brits registered to vote, the second largest Continue reading How many foreigners are registered to vote in the municipal elections?

Last chance to register to vote in the May municipal elections!

If you are on the padrón but not registered to vote (despite what many townhalls are telling you, these are two different things) you have one final chance to get on the electoral roll during the week between the 6th and 13th of April. All townhalls are obliged to carry out a final check of the electoral roll (exposición del lista censo electoral) during this week, so you can go to your townhall, ask if Continue reading Last chance to register to vote in the May municipal elections!

“Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President

Más of Catalonia warned last night that he refuses to rule out the possibility of “unilateral independence” for the region if Madrid continues to refuse to discuss greater autonomy for Barcelona. “It’s not our first option, or the best one, nor the one we want. But it is still our last resort” he warned Madrid. Más announced on Thursday that he would call a referendum on greater autonomy for the region in November, against the Continue reading “Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President

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

Media empire? Mediaset can’t even get the envelope size right

I am, for my sins, a shareholder in Mediaset España (newspapers, TV, etc). That’s right, the one that’s going under as it is struggling to compete in todays digital world. Anyhoooow. They sent me the annual shareholder voting form, promising me 0,00012€ a share if I turned up in person to the meeting, or else use the free postal envelope to vote. Hey, it’s the only chance I ever have to vote in Spain, so Continue reading Media empire? Mediaset can’t even get the envelope size right