Don Colin notes the possible benefits for her ambition to lead the PP of Esperanza Aguirre’s absurd posturing re the crazy ban on bullfighting, which, unlike the state of the economy, is currently undergoing careful consideration in the Catalan Parliament.
Like her offer to open Catalan-speaking schools in Madrid, her stand is clearly intended as a metaphor for the Hispano-libertarian meme that, unlike in Barcelona, her administration will try not to get involved in the personal decisions of its citizens and businesses. This allegedly laissez faire approach–Gallardón, anyone?–is used to explain why Madrid appears conclusively to have superseded Barcelona as Spain’s economic motor, which may not be saying very much.
What is missing, however, is a great imaginative coup, a dramatic demonstration of Madrilenian virility set off against Barcelona’s faux-pacifist, -vegetarian, -sandal-wearing provincial decadence. And what better than a cattle raid to steal the bulls of Barcelona in order to slaughter them in Madrid?
The clearest historical model for Esperanza of Madrid in this case is another queen, Medb of Connaught, whose exploits, recounted in the Cattle-Raid of Cooley, provide a somewhat unfortunate precedent. For Medb sets out with a war party to crown her wealth by robbing the Brown Bull of Cooley, an over-sexed stud beast, only to find in her way, between epic bouts of drinking and shagging, Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster.
I read that a piss-poor film designed to mitigate private clients’ fiscal liabilities is due out soonish, which, although it may not appear in Barcelona due to Catalan-language requirements, may provide useful research material for Madrid’s voters.
Of course there will always be those who say that the Story of Mac Dathó’s Pig is the more appropriate analogy, and they are welcome to their opinion.
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