Votes versus integrity

MANUELA CARMENA: Mayor of Madrid.

MANUELA CARMENA, mayor of Madrid, recently received the parents of Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner in Venezuela.

In doing so, she has distanced herself from Podemos whose votes put her in City Hall, because Pablo Iglesias and the party hierarchy are close to Venezuela.

Formerly wellpaid assessors to Hugo Chavez and his disastrous successor Nicolas Maduro, they have conscientiously refrained from criticising the chaotic and inept regime that is dragging its supporters and opponents down into misery.

Carmena, who is 73 and a former judge, knows about oppression. She co-founded the Madrid law office in Calle Atocha where five labour lawyers were gunned down in 1977 by neo-fascists.

It was only by chance that Carmena was not there that January night. However actions speak louder than words and by meeting Lopez’s parents Carmena made her position clear: as mayor she needs Podemos votes but she needs integrity more.

Blame it on dad

MANUEL MOIX, Public Prosecutor for Anti-Corruption had to resign over his quartershare in Panama-registered company, Duchesse Financial Overseas.

It was his father’s fault, he claimed, and the company was set up in 1989 to protect a property during a dispute with its builder.

Dad clearly knew his way around the labyrinths of finance and the law but Moix’s avowals of ignorance regarding the company ring hollow, as he was allegedly present at the signing.

Why is it that explanations for dodgy issues always sound like excuses? Or worse.

Ignored siren song

PEDRO SANCHEZ hopes his Left-leaning siren song will lure back voters seduced by Pablo Iglesias and Podemos.

But Sanchez was secretary general in the December 2015 and June 2016 general elections when the PSOE suffered its greatest-ever losses.

Go figure, as the Americans would say.

The scapegoat that got away

SUSANA DIAZ’S failure to become PSOE secretary general did not come as a blow only to Susana Diaz.It wrong-footed Pablo Iglesias too.

As well as satisfying his known liking for grandstanding and showboating, Iglesias’s Vote of No Confidence in Mariano Rajoy should have given him the chance to put Diaz on the spot.

The censure motion was bound to fail but the Podemos supremo was preparing to blame Diaz.

Andalucia’s regional president was instrumental in ousting the past – and now present – secretary general Pedro Sanchez so that the PSOE could abstain during Rajoy’s investiture bid last October.

This time Pablo can only blame himself and any censure was for him and him alone.

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