Less scope for scandal
HISTORIAN Jose Alvarez Junco wrote recently that few corruption scandals are attached to the centrist but nationalist PNV or the far-left but nationalist Bildu. Alvarez attributed this to the omerta that he claimed reigns in Basque Region but there could be other reasons. On one hand the possibility exists that Basques are less corrupt than their more southerly neighbours. On the other it cannot be coincidence that the region’s prosperity is not founded on corruption, the prime mover of corruption and kickbacks elsewhere in Spain.
FORMER Barcelona trainer Pep Guardiola who is now with Bayern Munich is clearly a nationalist, given his preference for the Catalan version of Pepe.
Now he is revealed as a separatist, because his name concludes the Unity List of pro-independence candidates for the regional elections in September. Not because he is looking for a parliamentary seat but to take a stance, Guardiola explained.
For the many Barça fans outside Catalunya who are unhappy about Catalan independence this will be the last straw. Guardiola played for Spain during his footballing days and the once-idolised trainer has just scored an own goal.
Sounds like a scaremonger
MARIANO RAJOY admitted that communication hasn’t been the Partido Popular’s strongest point. Spain’s president said this after the party’s poor showing in May’s regional and municipal elections and gave out signs that things were going to change.
To date he and his closest advisers haven’t been noticeably successful, as a Metroscopia poll found that not only Podemos – naturally – is seen as radical but also the PP.
Rajoy wants to sell the PSOE’s Pedro Sanchez as a dangerous pinko but the ploy is backfiring. Whatever the president is trying to communicate he merely sounds like a ‘Red under the bed’ scare-monger.
ECONOMY minister Luis de Guindos’s hopes were dashed when Jeroen Dijsselbloem retained the presidency of the Eurogroup.
There was consternation in Madrid, particularly as Mariano Rajoy had personally put in a good word for him. Perhaps that word was ‘kibosh.’