UPDATE: The Catalan parliament has voted in support of removing the exception permitted to bullfighting from its animal cruelty law. Bullfighting has been outlawed here! Catalonia’s parliament will likely vote today to finally ban bullfighting within Catalonia. This is a decision that has been approached in a very stop-start manner, and which has been under … Continue reading UPDATED: Banning the bullfights has nothing to do with l’Estatut
It’s a long time since I ran a poll on this blog. Hell, it’s a long time since I did anything on this blog. This week, the question is simpler than it sounds: do you think Spain’s constitutional court was right in cutting various passages from Catalonia’s new statute of autonomy, approved by referendum some … Continue reading thebadPoll: Catalonia’s ‘Estatut’ in Madrid’s court
The ‘yes’ vote will certainly win in today’s referendum. In many ways, the new Estatut will be good for Catalonia and for those of us lucky enough to live here. There are many reasons to vote ‘yes’ to this Estatut… but hatred for the PP is not one of them. I hope that those of … Continue reading Catalan Estatut Referendum
In a speech which should send shivers down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy, Commander of Spanish land forces Lt Gen JosÃ© Mena Aguado yesterday warned of severe consequences should Catalonia achieve further autonomy. Claiming the constitutional duty to ‘guarantee the sovereignty and independence of Spain and defend its integrity and constitutional arrangements’, … Continue reading Top Spanish general threatens military response to L’Estatut
Those who live in Catalonia, along with those who are simply interested in the region’s struggle for self government, will be watching the next few weeks with interest. Catalonia’s government, the Generalitat (or rather Parlament), has proposed a series of changes to the statute that enshrines the autonomy of Catalonia. The new Estatut basically sets … Continue reading L’Estatut
[Personal note: in an email, a friend mentioned that he was surprised that I hadn’t written more about the current situation in Catalonia. I’ll admit that I too am slightly bemused by this. I can only say that the decline in the blog as a format (not just mine, but in general), which started years … Continue reading Independence or death
If El País is “co-author of the transición”, what does the state of this newspaper tell us about the state of Spanish democracy? That is has retreated into an increasingly authoritarian, illiberal and limiting structure no longer aimed at liberating a nation but at preserving the status quo, above all else. When I first moved … Continue reading El País – from liberal leader to voice of the establishment
From a high in 1999, where it won 38% of the vote in Catalan parliamentary elections, the PSC is now at an all time low. While it’s easy to blame this problem on meddling from Madrid, the decline of the PSC is intrinsically linked to its abandonment of basic principles which it defended at the … Continue reading The decline and fall of the PSC
Two years back, I wondered if and when Catalonia would ‘cross the Rubicon’ and clearly position itself in contravention of Spanish law. Some sort of moment of illegality is essential in any process like this, just like during the Spanish Transition, to mark the break with one judicial and legal authority, and the beginning of … Continue reading Catalonia’s ‘solemn declaration’ – has the Rubicon been crossed?
Before I go to Menorca [which, according to my own rules, I should be calling ‘Minorca’, damn it!], there’s just time for a new badPoll. Today’s poll is a really special one, because it’s presented in partnership with a very special guest: Yes, that’s right: thebadrash.com is very pleased to announce that this badPoll is … Continue reading thebadPoll: Is Bullfighting a vital part of Spanish culture?