IN the obligatory photo with Trump during the UN General Assembly Pedro Sanchez was taller and immeasurably better looking than the US president.
World politics are so unspeakably grim that there should be room for frivolity too, which is why it is also permissible to comment on Begoña Gomez’s €2,300 Jesus del Pozo frock.
At least she didn’t go in for Melania’s Morticia look, but Sanchez’s wife looked for all the world as though she’d got caught up in a tablecloth.
The snipers and the sitting ducks
SPAIN’S politics have degenerated into being caught out in a lie, denying the lie and then explaining what really happened.
Neither the Partido Popular nor Ciudadanos can accept how Pedro Sanchez’s Vote of No Confidence evicted Mariano Rajoy from the Moncloa, allowing him to move in almost before they had time to change the beds.
So the opposition’s Constitutional parties have taken to sniping and counting the sitting ducksthat they wing.
The count is two so far, with a third in their sights, Justice Minister Dolores Delgado.
Maxim Huerta, who apparently fiddled his tax, and Carmen Montonwho accepted a Master’s degree she did not need, did the honourable thing and fell on their swords.
Which is more than can be said for Partido Popular ministers who clung on like grim death. Few resigned – only Jose Manuel Soriaand Ana Mato instantly come to mind –and even then, not until Rajoy reluctantly told them it was time to go.
Rivera and his partyhave not yet been long enough on the scene to have possible transgressions brought to light, although Casado could yet go to trial for his own phoney Master’s Degree. But as far as he and the party he leads are concerned, it’s the old story of “don’t do as I do, do as I tell you.”
Out with it
NOW they’ve turned on Justice MinisterDolores Delgado who apparently had dealings with the sinister ex-police commissioner Jose Manuel Villarejo when she was a High Court public prosecutor.
Since Villarejo was imprisoned on remand for money-laundering and criminal activities, the politicians and public figures who courted him in the past clutch their metaphorical skirts about them every time they have to brush past him.
denied any relationship with him, then she said there had been “professional” contacts,then she admitted that she might have coincided with him at events with other people. Eventually she came out with it and said they met on three occasions.
Wily Villarejo recorded one of their conversations at a lunch with super-judge BaltasarGarzon, where she refers to the current Interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, a homosexual who came out years ago, as un maricon.
Delgado has rightly complained that, like Juan Carlos I, she is another of the commissioner’s eavesdropped victims.
True enough,but unfortunately for Huerta, Monton, and now Delgado, that old saying “Tell the truth and shame the devil” has fallen into disuse.
It’s one that all politicians should resort to when they’re up against it. They could at least shame their accusers into silence.
JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, president of the European Commission also belongs to the European Popular Party and coincided with Pablo Casado at the recent party summit in Austria.
In response to Juncker’s polite “How are things?” Casadao replied, “I’m fine, but Spain is a disaster. That socialist president…” he tailed off.
Clearly Casado has never heard the term Loyal Opposition or if he has, it’s equally clearthat he has no intention of practising it.