The poor doggy had none

Magnanimous gesture

FORMER president Jose Maria Aznar complained that Madrid’s new and extremely left wing mayor Manuela Carmena said better things about her Partido Popular predecessor Ana Botella in three days than the party itself in three years.
Aznar is being disingenuous: Botella is the increasingly querulous ex-premier’s wife which explains why she is not universally loved inside the party. On the other hand, she was an inept mayor who can only make Carmena look good. No wonder the former judge can afford to be magnanimous.

WHEN the chips are down, or when an EU nation can’t pay its debts, even Podemos has to admit that Spain isn’t Greece.
People don’t like or want austerity and politicians know it’s a vote-loser. But the money has to come from somewhere: Mrs Hubbard’s poor doggy discovered that the hard way several centuries ago.
And Pablo Iglesias isn’t Tsipras, who at least has the makings of a statesman, even if he is rather short on policies.
Iglesias is an anti-system university lecturer who was in the right place at the right time, but now Podemos supporters are looking askance as he tries to organise primaries to his own advantage.
His party attracted disillusioned voters who felt that politicians “are all the same.” Now power-hungry Iglesias is confirming it.

Wrong side of the blanket

SPAIN’S president Mariano Rajoy questioned the legitimacy of town halls and regional governments now in PSOE hands after council investitures were shored-up by Podemos.
He might equally question the legitimacy of councils and regional governments that remained in PP hands thanks to Ciudadanos.
The party retained control of Madrid’s autonomous government in this way as well as Almeria City Hall, for instance.
Ciudadanos might be more presentable in PP eyes, but does that make its support any more legitimate than Podemos’s?

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