The Day in Spain #26: Rajoy – the happy wanderer

The talk today in Spain is about Rajoy’s ever-growing position of power in front of PSOE. After the socialist hara-kiri last weekend, which ended with Pedro Sanchez’s resignation, PSOE leaders know that the chances of doing well in a third round of elections are now close to nil, so they are now hoping that Rajoy allows them to abstain (although the president of Extremadura, PSOE’s Fernánde Vara has said, to everyone’s hilarity, that “PP should be scared of PSOE, which could beat them”).

On the other side of the table, Rajoy can now play cat-and-mouse with the socialists. Once again, Mariano’s famous strategy of “doing nothing-saying nothing” has worked wonders, as his enemies crumble on their own before his indifferece. Like Homer Simpson to Frank Grimes, he’s the happy wanderer, just merrily strolling through life and government without a worry in the world. What a guy.

"Yup, it's me again!"
“Yup, it’s me again!”

More headlines, below the line:

Politics

  • PSOE’s technical managing board meets for the first time since Pedro Sanchez resigned last Saturday. It’s expected to make decisions about both the political and organisational agenda of the party.
  • PP introduces an amendment to the electoral law that would change the date of an eventual third round of elections from 25 to 18 December.
  • Alberto Garzón (Unidos Podemos – IU) says that an alternative government is unlikely after Sánchez’s resignation. Garzón thinks that the crisis in PSOE was caused by the conservative wing’s unwillingness to deal with his group.

Catalonia

  • The State Attorney requests a 10-year ban from office for Artur Mas for organising the referendum on independence on 9 November 2014.

Equality

  • Department store chain El Corte Inglés has retired a TV ad that portrayed a same-sex couple preparing the books for their children’s return to school. The ultra-conservative platform HazteOir had gathered 21,000 signatures demanding that the video was taken down from the company’s Youtube channel.

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