Slip of the tongue getting too much

ROSA DIEZ: No longer smiling due to Mariano’s constant slip ups

EVERY time Mariano Rajoy refers to Rosa Diez, he gets her name wrong.

At first the leader of the UPyD party ignored the slip which has occurred regularly since Rajoy became president. 

During the debate that followed Rajoy’s State of the Nation speech, Diez pulled him up for the first time.

It happened again more recently, during Spain’s equivalent of Prime Minister’s Question time, but on this occasion Diez lost her patience.

“Diez, Mr President, Diez,” she told him sternly.

The matter did not stop there and Diez drew attention to the episode on her Facebook page.

“If he doesn’t know how to say Diez, how is he ever going to say Barcenas?” To the irritation of both the public and the Opposition parties, the name of the former PP treasurer embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens to embroil the entire government is studiously avoided by Rajoy and his ministers.

His policy of “wait and see” and letting events run their course until they peter out has kept Rajoy afloat until now.

He can hardly be blamed for not wanting to bring himself to pronounce the name of the man who could sink the entire fleet.

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