POLL after poll demonstrates that the Catalans are not entirely sold on the idea of independence and would prefer federalism or financial concessions from Madrid. Instead Cataluña’s regional president Artur Mas forges ahead, pushed by the radical republican party ERC headed by Oriol Junqueras because most of the enthusiasm for secession originates with politicians and not the people who put them in office. Some like Tony Blair and George W Bush are megalomaniac messiahs; others like Mas and Junqueras are megalomaniacs. Full stop.
ESPE’S at it again. Esperanza Aguirre, Partido Popular spokeswoman at Madrid City Hall suggested an unholy alliance with Ciudadanos and Antonio Miguel Carmona, the PSOE’s socialist spokesman. They could then oust Madrid’s mayor
Manuela Carmena from city hall, Aguirre suggested.
A former Cabinet minister and ex-president of the Madrid autonomous region, she hankered after notching up city hall, too, but lost May’s municipal elections.
She was defeated by Carmena who had the backing of, but does not belong to, groups close to Podemos and the PSOE. It wouldn’t require massive PSOE support and would only require Carmona to cooperate, Aguirre said.
What’s more, Cs defeated candidate in the municipal elections Begoña Villacis would make a “magnificent” mayor, she predicted.
The truth is that Aguirre is a bad loser and is having an ABC moment: Anyone But Carmena.
Common sense argument
THE government announced that a Fuerteventura grandmother who was jailed for refusing to demolish her only home would receive an amnesty.
She refused because she lives there with her two children and three grandchildren and they have nowhere else to go. “It’s common sense,” said Spain’s president, Mariano Rajoy. So why wasn’t a little common sense used in the first place?
Lessons to be learnt
POLLS also show that Podemos has less support than before.
The party’s founder Pablo Iglesias has been trying to woo voters on the moderate left and will learn the hard way that when you attempt to please too many people you end up by satisfying no-one.