The Catalan Govern warned today that unilateral independence is their only way forwards after Rajoy closed off any chance of negotiating a referendum. Mariano said that the whole referendum debate was a bluff by Puigdemont (President of Catalunya) and that no doubt he was really planning to call regional elections and increase his minority government. He -or rather his VP Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (for Rajoy never talks directly to the press if it can Continue reading Barcelona says unilateral independence the only way forwards
The bakers guild has handed in a petition to ban the popular saying pan con pan, comida de tontos (bread with bread is the food of fools). More than 4,300 people have signed a petition asking the Spanish Royal Academy of Language to “remove the negative connotations of this saying which have no basis in fact”. Along with the petition, the bakers gave the lexicographers a loaf of bread and a letter. We don’t know Continue reading Bakers get angry
Chatting to a friend tonight. Her youngest (11) wants to become a Judge, and is earnestly studying towards this goal. What does her eldest (13) want to be? Eh….. wherever my sister can enchufarme. 🙂
The breakup of Spain suddenly lurched a lot closer after the secessionist government of Catalunya confirmed it is working upon an independence bill it will shortly present to the regional parliament. The bill outlines a new, independent Republic for Catalunya and commits the region to declaring unilateral independence if a full referendum is not immediately agreed upon by Madrid. Read the leaked draft in El Pais (English). President Mariano Rajoy made an emergency appearance before Continue reading Catalunya drafts independence law and Spain is on the brink of dissolution
The PSOE have held their internal elections to elect a new leader and the party has chosen… Pedro Sánchez. Again. Against the wishes of the leadership. Who was the leader of the PSOE until he was forced out last year by the party leadership, resulting in this election. Which he seems to have won by a very comfortable margin, beating our very own Susana (President of Andalucia) and Patxi López (President of somewhere oop north). Continue reading The PSOE elect a new leader – who happens to be the old leader….
They’re starting work tomorrow (Mon 15) on the Huerta Nueva roundabout outside Los Gallardos. Roadworks will be in place until July 10 and expect delays. Heavy traffic (the yeso lorries or anything over 10 tonnes) are to be diverted to the 525 exit for part of the time. The yellow diversion signs are already up and ready to be unveiled tomorrow!
Partaloa has broken some sort of record – its third mayor in a row has been barred from holding public office! This tiny backwater of just 915 people seems to have an abnormally high rate of incompetent politicians. Or does it? The story so far…. Antonio Peñuela has just been barred from holding public office for seven years by the national audience for sacking the town clerk without following proper protocol when he first became Continue reading Partaloa – 1,000 residents and three crooked mayors
Rajoy’s weak administration could be on the verge of toppling after Podemos called for a vote of no confidence in his government this afternoon. The scandal hit PP party is tottering, as high-ups are arrested or quit as magistrates extend their investigations into corruption and illegal financing by industry magnates. Catalan independence party Comprimis has backed the call, and now the race is on to get the other small parties to back them. For the Continue reading Motion of no confidence in Spanish government mooted
Holiday time approaches. Due to time constraints on both our parts, May seemed like the best time to escape as a family for some much needed R&R. Bearing in mind the GF is a desert girl who complains when the temperature drops below 19ºC, and Baby refuses to go outside in the wind, where is the best place to take them? The Arctic circle, of course! To be specific, just below it – Iceland. With Continue reading Almería goes to Iceland