Sunday, January 15, 2006

Forces of reaction

The national government, normally pretty wobbly, has been ultra decisive about coming down on the Spanish General José Mena Aguado who implied that the army would be used to safeguard the sovereignty of Spain in the case of an excessive or unconstitutional Catalan Statute.

First he was placed under house arrest and then demoted. The opposition has tried to whip things up on the back of it but there appears to be little appetite for a rerun of little soliders in tri-cornered hats going bang-bang in the parliament as happened in 1981. Spain was just emerging from 40 years of solitude back then and sheep were still driven around the gates of Barcelona. Today the good life here is too good to go back to that.

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