Thursday, January 14, 2010

What, some have asked, can the economically-crippled Spanish government hope to achieve during its current six-month presidency of the EU? Well, it could use it to burnish its domestic image, even at the risk of more rebuffs like the one experienced last week. According to this article “Sr Zapatero, battered domestically in opinion polls by the conservative opposition and facing record unemployment, is hoping he can recover some lost ground by capturing the European spotlight.” I guess it’s possible this risky strategy could succeed nationally while failing internationally. Which would, perhaps, endorse Alfred Mittington’s point that Sr Z is a clever chap who knows what he’s about when it comes to manipulating Spanish opinion. Well, he’s won two elections on the back of very little by way of achievement, so who knows? We will see.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, they say. Well, certainly not in this case

Interesting item on today’s news wires – “Two Galician nationalists have been arrested after a home-made bomb was found in the car they were driving to Pontevedra in the early hours of Thursday.” It makes you wonder. Perhaps it’s time for me to stop making references to this subject. As luck would have it, the baton appears to have just been passed to my fellow-blogger, Xoán-Wahn, whose orthography may not be enough to save him.

Admirer as I am of the Spanish government’s achievement in halving the number of road deaths in the last decade, I do wonder about the just-announced intention of the Pontevedra council to limit the speed to 30kph (or just over 20mph) on all the approach roads to the city. They say it’ll only increase travel times by three minutes. Which is possibly an attempt at humour. No doubt there’ll be many more of those amusing speed humps as well. From one extreme to the other in ten years. Impressive, no?

Finally – but still on the subject of driving . . . Regular readers will know why I laughed at the cartoon of a traffic cop fining someone for driving past a rock-fall warning sign without wearing a safety helmet. Stranger things have happened. Believe me.

6 comments:

cade said...

Well, well, well, mr davies ... it seems that you have made a new Galician friend, and a more civilised than me ... I was getting bored with only me challenging your decrepit Spanish nationalist views, so I will keep observing and reading with delight your very civilised exchanges with mr jose, whose better manners have taken him farther afield than mine ...

I know that you will keep blocking my comments, but fortunately someone clever than me is finding a way to expose your sophistry and rotten views, so tough.

Your last one is even more pathetic: while the Galician society is massively against the new laws about decreasing the gains that Galician has made in the last times, and there are civil platforms and manifestations and strikes ongoing, what is that you mention: the poor bomb plotters! How low on you mr davies, spreading malicious views of Galician nationalists!

SHAME ON YOU!

Anonymous said...

Colin,

it could be time to stop making references to the “subject”, especially if they were always intended, as they are, at discrediting that political and civil movement “subject”, don’t you reckon?

José

Midnight Golfer said...

My 'suspension' is getting sore from all the speed bumps they keep installing, instead of actually fixing the road surface around here.

But you're right, it is absolutely wonderful for all of us that the traffic mortality statistics have been decreased so much, so fast.

mike the trike said...

Everyone should come and live here in La Coruña where everything is civilized. For those who are really into nationalism you can join the clandestine group that meets at the Monte de Santa Margarita and thrash out your plans for the new nation.

Anonymous said...

Mike the trike,

the plans for the new nation that matter are those being concocted in Madrid and in their regional offices. For example, those who want to make of Spain a monocultural area where the speech of Madrid is the only heard (if they could only make it happen ...), bullfighting is the “fiesta nacional”, the coast is a tourist park and Galicia is a reservoir of wind power. Very sustainable, by the way. But I’m sure that won’t change your life in your cosy Corunna flat ... Anyway, solidarity never goes amiss ...

Regards,

José

mike the trike said...

Thanks José for you information. Galicia will soon be little Canada. Canada as you know is bilingual and French and English are normal. I grew up in Canada and this is how it works. If you are French you only speak French to other French Canadians and French to anyone else. If you are an English speaker you speak both languages.

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