Chamber musical chairs

PEDRO SANCHEZ: Should have moved back to the fifth row, directly behind Eduardo Madina.

PEDRO SANCHEZ should have moved back to the fifth row in the national parliament chamber, directly behind Eduardo Madina, his defeated rival in the 2014 primaries.

Sanchez tried to keep Madina out of parliament by placing him in a lowly position on PSOE voting lists in December and June.  He succeeded in December but failed in June and Madina, with exquisite sensibility, has now declined to move.  It was unseemly for him to sit in front of a former secretary general, Madina explained.  Or maybe he didn’t want Sanchez breathing down his neck.


Copycat politics

THE president of the PSOE’s caretaker committee recently used a word that does not appear in the Royal Academy’s Diccionario de la Lengua Española.  “The PSOE has become Podemised,” Javier Fernandez said. 

This resembles a swear-word and the similarity was intentional.  Ex-secretary general Pedro Sanchez erred by trying to copy Podemos, the party that has stolen so many PSOE votes.  Inevitably he was shafted by the party barons before he could do more damage: imitations flatter the emulated and demean the emulator.


Be prepared

WHILE the PSOE bloodletting continued, Catalan separatists went their own way.  Regional president Carles Puigdemont’s promise of a September 2017 referendum leading to a unilateral declaration of independence was noticed but barely digested.

Unlike Brexiters who were stunned to have won the June referendum, Catalan secessionists say they are prepared for the Great Escape.  The next day the Administration, institutions and economy will switch from national to nationalist without a hitch, Puigdemont declared.

He failed to reveal how he’ll deal with Remainers who wake up in a different country.  Or, heaven forbid, cope with Exiters who wake up in the same one.


Spilling the beans

FRANCISCO CORREA, who gave the German translation of his surname to the Gurtel corruption case, is standing trial for fraud, fiscal fraud, money-laundering and a list of offences as long as your arm. Correa announced beforehand he intends to cooperate fully with the justice system and reveal all he knows.

“No politician has done anything for me,” he said although this is not entirely true as Correa amassed a multi-million fortune thanks to Partido Popular contracts. Sleepness nights and bitten nails for how many PP politicians?


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