The Spanish electoral system means that the two major parties are usually obliged to seek a deal with parties that, with varying degrees of ferocity, reject the 1978 constitutional settlement. Although Martí Saballs and his commenters clearly know little about the British system, the idea of seeking stability by implementing a territorially-based first-past-the-post system and/or a minimum threshold is frequently discussed. While the immediate benefits of systemic political change are obvious (I’m not talking about the PP absolute majority Martí projects with his system), it seems to me fairly obvious that it would exacerbate rather than mitigate ethnic atavism, which I think can be stamped out more effectively through social action.
- How many votes did it take to elect your councillor in the 2011 Catalan municipals?
The answer’s somewhere between 11 and 5,016. Time to merge small ayuntamientos?
- Why does the PNV hate Fujimori?
Someone just sent me a wild and wildly misleading press release (Spanish) from the PNV, the main legal Basque nationalist party.
- Kurlansky / Basques / Wikipedia
The Guardian got a “panel of experts” to take a look at the Wikipedia. Here’s what Mark Kurlansky, author of The
- Spain’s self-employed
Destined to save the nation? More numerous than thought? Someone explain, please.
- Pujol, cacique
It’s not exactly a secret that Catalonia is currently run by spiteful, greedy, semi-literate buffoons, but our leaders’ protest re the