Says David Maeztu re the anti-Yankee, but far more widely applicable, IP reform. The desertion of public opinion by both PP and PSOE to collaborate with proportionately insignificant peripheral nationalisms at least makes political sense: the systematic electoral underweighting of small national parties means that you’re unlikely to be able to deal profitably with them in a hung parliament. But the abandonment of the centre, again by both PP and PSOE, on issues like abortion and IP is surely down to thievery and/or lunacy.
- 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.
- Betting on secession
A boring morning: I can’t find anyone who, following yesterday’s Catalan parliamentary elections, is prepared to bet against a ruling coalition
- Nationalism and the European elections, Berlusconi and the intra-Mediterranean risorgimento
Link love for 01/06/2009.
- Regional nationalist parties are actually under-represented in Congress
The villains are the PP and the PSOE, and the principal victims IU and UPyD.