At the national level, politics became more interesting this week with the leader of the opposition calling for the governing PSOE party to replace its leader, the increasingly hapless President Zapollyanna. As the latter is the opposition’s key asset, this is either a stroke of folly or of genius. The former because his replacement might just be better. The latter because the opposition party knows that their calling for his defenestration is likely to keep him in power until the next general elections in 2012.
At the Galician level, it’s rare to see the nationalist BNG party get into bed with the right-of-centre PP party, which currently forms the regional government. However, they did so recently over keeping the two local savings banks as Galician as possible by merging them, against the wishes of the Bank of Spain and the PSOE party running the national government. It’s even rarer to see all three parties come together on anything. But this actually happened this week. Under the banner “Keep your hands off your dubious expense claims.” Good to see that politicians of all stripes can unite in a worthy cause.
Internationally, the Spanish government seems to be having some success in differentiating between its plight and that of the (ex)Greek government. President Zapollyanna has again told us the recession is about to end, that things can only get better and that he and his colleagues are hell bent on quickly putting the Spanish house in order. But not everyone is convinced. Here, for example is Ms Allard – quoted in a NYT article kindly sent by my friend Dwight – who is billed as an expert on the Spanish labour market and who insists “Nobody is being realistic about this. No one is saying publicly that this is a system where 70 percent are overprotected, underproductive and overpaid and the rest of them are paying for it.”
Which probably takes us back to the three archive clerks I’ve dealt with in the last week. All government employees, all (if I’m any judge) under-employed and all (I suspect) impossible to sack. Or even ‘rationalise’.
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