Not your average John

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A SURVEY into prostitution has been far too revelatory for a family newspaper. For what it is worth I can tell you that I am not a typical client.

I am not about 35-years old; nor am I married or a politician.

Spain is said to be ‘abolitionist but only on paper.’ Well, here is a surprise. Here is another bombshell: ‘there is a general complicity between the local authorities; politicians, judges and law enforcement agencies, and of course the pimps. I told you so: they are all in bed together.

Thirty two percent of men have been there but don’t ask where; you really do not wish to know. Most were the social group one would have thought least likely to get into the wrong bed. They were married, in a relationship and in their 30s.

The attraction is that flirting is unnecessary and there’s no need to chat about feelings afterwards. Another surprise, they tended to choose those who looked least like their wives and girlfriends. Oh well.

1376-2_web€15m down the drain 

MOST of us will have read Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the Emperors New Clothes. What a load of baloney: would any politician buy something that never existed? Well yes they would and they do.

The Valencia regional government, then presided over by the Popular Party’s Francisco Camps, shelled out €15 million for three skyscrapers near Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas.

There was never a likelihood of their being built. Should they be called ivory towers?

The payments were justified as an investment in property. Prosecution will not be pursuing the case as there is no evidence of misappropriation of public funds; the intentions had been good. I am sure they were but in whose interests?

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