I struggle to believe that Graeme@South of Watford really believes that the PP is the only rampantly corrupt political party in Spain–maybe I just haven’t read enough of his posts–but here anyway (thanks to El Ciruco) is another nice example of PSOE trough management from their Andalusian fiefdom.
One suspects that few politicians here would take to reading even if they were able to, but by whatever other means they have all absorbed Mr Goebbels’ dictum as to the importance of the radio in mediating movement and nation, idea and man. And so it is accepted practice for administrations to fill the state broadcasters on their patch with placemen and to deny work and licences to the opposition.
This is easy when you’re appointing senior management, who will have only got where they have by licking posterior, but more difficult when you’re filling junior posts where it is still unclear which way candidates hang. So what the consulting firm employed Radio and Television Andalusia (RTVA) did this time round was make one of the four current affairs questions in an entrance quiz grossly offensive to PP supporters by bringing up in an apparently insensitive way (what was the actual question?) that old red herring about Aznar inseminating French minister Rachida Dati. Anyway, the PSOE has now backed down and this recruitment round will probably go the way of the last one submitted to open competition, eight years ago, which was declared invalid by the Supreme Court.
One of my favourite uses of public exams to fuck off people you hate took place several years back, when an American girl I knew decided for some reason to get herself the advanced Catalan exam (D certificate). Everything seemed to be going fine until she got to the oral and found that she was required to read out to the examiners at the top of her voice a text describing the Americans as vulgar racist thieves bent on world destruction. Many people would have described her as anti-American at the time, but I believe she found it excruciatingly humiliating, and the last I heard she was working in Berlin.
- Language exams
John Chappell quotes a letter from Maria Pilar Pellegero of Ripoll in La Vanguardia as an example of the Catalan ethnocracy’s
- Public sector reform to satisfy both PSOE-IU-UPyD and PP
Tertulia (Spanish for “old men talking about what they had for lunch”) on Radio 5 because Radio 3 was so terrible
- Sounds to kill Jews by
“Then the monsignor left the altar and told us that we could start killing the Jews.”
- Fines for “incorrect” language use
As we go into recession the governments of two mini-“nations”, one with a state, the other with considerable autonomy, both worse
- How to write an intermezzo in the style of Willem Wilmink
With translations of “Een jongen krijgt een meisjesbrief” and “Bacteriën”.