Over in the UK, there's a chap who's facing strident demands for his resignation, after his secretary leaked (i. e. sold) some ripe emails between him and a male friend. These, it's claimed, showed he was at least a misogynist and very possibly a mass murderer. You know the sort of emails I mean as we all receive them. The most profligate of my providers of dubious funny stuff is, in fact, a woman. Here's an article on this brouhaha headed Are the social-media Stasi entitled to pass sentence on someone for what they think that he thinks? As it happens, the writer is a woman too
So, has the internet got out of hand? Is it the sort of thing 18th and 19th century thinkers feared would come about as a result of democracy leading to mob rule? The high-volume bad driving out the good? Possibly. But the other side of this coin is repression. Only this week week we've had Spain's major bullfighting organisations calling on the government to take action against people making "despicable" comments on Twitter. And the government itself has arrested anyone it could lay its hands on who'd made comments they didn't like on the internet. Which wasn't very many, it's true, but that's because most internet trolls aren't dumb enough to use their own names. I think most offenders had commented on the politician shot last week or even on all Spanish politicians. But repression is never very far away here, one way or another. Old habits die hard.
How many bureaucrats in Brussels take home more than the British Prime Minister, do you think? No, I didn't have the faintest idea either. But it's reported here that the number is 10,000. Who'd have thought it? Well, anyone who knew what a gravy train it is, I guess. The reason for the high salaries is, of course, To attract high quality staff. It always is.
Another question - How many of you know that it's an offence in Spain to move your head more than 45 degrees when you're driving? And that it's the cop's word against yours that you did? So, you can't look left or right? Or over your shoulder to check your blind spot? Can it really be true?
Talking of driving . . . It's good to see that equality has made great strides there too. The last 3 people to swerve past me on a zebra crossing have been (young) women.
Finally . . . I got my water bill today. My campaign to reduce the volume has been a tremendous success. Only 2 cubic metres. The bill, though, doesn't reflect this. Thanks to all the fixed charges, the percentage reduction in euros is much less than that of the water. Nice of me to subsidise all the big Spanish families. Not that they're that big these days.