Brothers are doing it for each other here, where Catalan parliamentary president Ernest Benach has followed the example of his party leader, Josep Lluís Carod-Rovira, and the Catalan president, Pasqual Maragall, and celebrated the appointment of his brother to a cushy job in the administration. And it’s not just the neo-fascists or the socialists: on coming to power, politicians of all shades turn out to have relatives who are so extraordinarily talented that the most surprising thing is that most have hitherto led such undistinguished lives.

I once tried to get my brother to come and work with me, and he didn’t speak to me for about a month.

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