The most loathsome government in Europe, outside of Downing Street, is in deep doo-doo and it is a joy to behold. The ludicrous regime in Spain of José Luis Zapatero has driven the country into bankruptcy. From its inception, as a consequence of a knee-jerk, eve-of-poll hissy fit by the electorate after its conservative predecessor stupidly blamed the Atocha station bombing in Madrid on ETA instead of al-Qaeda, the Zapatero government has been little more than a Spanish Civil War re-enactment society.Why don't you stop pussy-footing and tell us what you really think ?
Persecuting the Church, trying to force doctors to commit abortion against their consciences, pulling down statues of General Franco and renaming streets in honour of Red murderers... no student union extravagance of gesture politics has been neglected...Hmm. Unlikely in a nation where they seem to have dropped off somewhere in the early 90s. Churchill wrote of Barcelona's cafes in 1935 as full of "eager-facd, black-coated young men purring together with glistening eyes about Spanish politics". Alas, young men are just what the current Spanish state is short of.
If precedent is followed, Zapatero will soon issue the unemployed with government petrol to burn down churches. Of course, the really fun bit – if the historical parallel is fully adhered to – would be the emergence of another Franco and his dismantling of the whole shambles.