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Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in SpainSpanish Politics
- There was a full-page spread in in a local paper yesterday about the consequences of Brexit for Spain. Every one of them was negative. You might have thought this would influence Spain to take less than a very hard line on Gibraltar but there's no chance of this. The EU's head of diplomacy, foreign affairs and security happens to be Spanish and his comments lend support to the belief that - even if it's contrary to the interests of the thousands of Spanish citizens who work on The Rock - Spain will use Gibraltar as a pawn. Specifically, according The 'Observer': The EU will back Spain over its territorial claims by giving Madrid the power to exclude its 34,000 inhabitants from any potential trade deal. Maybe Brits should opt en masse for other holiday destinations. To increase the pain in Spain, as it were.
- An example of the esquelas I mentioned yesterday. 'Tombstones' in (financial) English. There were 30 of them in yesterday's Voz de Galicia:-
- The government is planning to do something about the growing evil of gambling, especially among kids. The trouble is the industry - it's reported - is fighting back with the best/most expensive lobbyists and lawyers that money can buy.
- A cartoon in point. Actually about the UK but same difference:-
- Galicia is forecast to lose c. 10% of its population over the next decade. Which will surely make at least 2 of our 3 'international' airports even more redundant than they are now. About which the 'localist' local politicians will do nothing, of course.
- I tried to get a new pair of reading glasses at Pontevedra's Sunday flea-market yesterday. I eventually found the one I needed but not before the trader and I had been through every one of the the jumble of 20-30 cases in his tray. As on every previous occasion. I can understand why a chap standing around all morning doesn't conclude he should avoid wasting his time by putting them in strength-order, but what about the customer's time? Would I go so far as to say this attitude is by no means unique to him? Yes.
- If you're at all tempted - during this brilliant video - to feel sorry for Katie Hopkins, hang on for her acceptance speech at this awards ceremony:
- Word of the Day:- Indagar: Investigate. Which happens a lot here.