A curious combat:
- Thousands of graduates have been breaking electoral law to protest political lawlessness and trumpeting decisions taken by small groups of militants without secret ballot as the best way to correct Spain’s defective democracy. None, however, seems to have been able to come up with a decent list of the alleged crooks, imputados, standing for election today. Why? Never seen a spreadsheet? Embarrassed to admit that power has corrupted all parties–their parties–and not just the big two they are demonstrating against?
- Meanwhile, in a hamlet in Castilla-León several weeks ago the mayor told a quasi-hippy acquaintance that it would be crystal-clear for whom he had postal-voted, and that not ticking the PP box might well have negative consequences for his investment.
I’ve got my money on the mayor, who will I think at least save himself. Meanwhile, and with Spanish bonds under renewed pressure, Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy In America sums up the rest of Spain’s plight this weekend quite nicely:
The American republics of the present day are like companies of adventurers formed to explore in common the waste lands of the New World, and busied in a flourishing trade. The passions which agitate the Americans most deeply are not their political but their commercial passions; or, to speak more correctly, they introduce the habits they contract in business into their political life. They love order, without which affairs do not prosper; and they set an especial value upon a regular conduct, which is the foundation of a solid business; they prefer the good sense which amasses large fortunes to that enterprising spirit which frequently dissipates them; general ideas alarm their minds, which are accustomed to positive calculations, and they hold practice in more honor than theory.
- Incompatibility of science and corrupt society
This lovely story of a Castilla y León government tender for a small investigative boat which already included the name of
- Some advice for mayor Clos
For reasons that are unclear to me, the burlesque leader who ruled Dublin during carnival used to be known as Mayor
- If the PP isn’t monstrously corrupt, why isn’t Bárcenas wearing cement shoes?
You’re not telling me the mafia’s stupid or forgiving, surely?
- Would you be arrested in Spain if you called for the (re)introduction of the death penalty for corrupt politicians?
Not that I’d dream of doing any such thing.
- April 15th 1954: Rab Butler and Orson Welles
The big news in La Vanguardia today is crucifixion, sacrifice, and the indomitable Spanish spirit, with the merest nod to Indochina.