Posts Tagged “spain”

Review: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2016

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell This is the seventh book plucked from my #40booksby40 list. I have a bit of a love-hate thing for The Other Mr Blair. Animal Farm was one of my GCSE English Lit set texts (along (…)

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Gibraltar: Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson calls on EU Commission President to intervene

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2013

Self-determination — the right of nations to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or interference — is a pretty fundamental principle of international law. It’s the basis on which British sovereignty in the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar is founded. 11 years ago, the people of Gibraltar were asked in […]

LDVideo: Watch Spanish premier Rajoy’s “fin de la cita” cock-up

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2013

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy has been having a tough summer. The country’s economy continues to contract, unemployment has soared, and — most personally damaging of all — he and his (very) right-wing Partido Popular have been embroiled in a slush fund corruption scandal. A recent speech to the Spanish parliament was intended to draw a […]

LDV poll: 83% of Lib Dems say break-up of Eurozone will be bad for Britain’s economy

by Stephen Tall on June 11, 2012

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 560 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. This weekend saw eurozone ministers agreed to lend Spain’s banks up to 100bn euros (£80bn) in the latest […]

On the election of President Hollande, I refer you to the answer I gave some months ago…

by Stephen Tall on May 8, 2012

France’s Fifth Republic has a new president, Francois Hollande. I shed few tears for the man he replaces, Nikolas Sarkozy — while his economic policies were preferable his grubbing for National Front votes (and not just in the last fortnight) (…)

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Spain turns to the right – but are the voters rejecting ‘the left’ or incumbents?

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2011

As the polls had predicted, Spain has a new government: Rajoy’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP) defeated Zapatero’s left-of-centre Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE). The only surprise was the large margin of victory, 16%, the worst defeat for Spain’s socialists in their electoral history. So yet another right-wing government takes power in a European nation. On […]

What caused the riots? It’s more than just the economy, stupid.

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2011

Aditya Chakrabortty has a pretty compelling article in today’s Guardian scrutinising the political responses to the past few days’ rioting under the concise headline, UK riots: political classes see what they want to see. He summarises the binary analysis that has dominated: If you’re a leftwinger, the causes of the violence and looting are straightforward: […]

The last book I read in 100 words: The Anatomy of a Moment, Javier Cercas

by Stephen Tall on May 3, 2011

The Anatomy of a Moment, Javier Cercas Despite or because I have a degree in the subject, I rarely read propah History books these days. I’ll happily browse, riffle, dip-in-and-out, or skate over reviews in the Sundays: but read cover-to-cover? (…)

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How Clegg switched sides at half-time

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

No, not more revelations from the memoirs of New Labour’s svengali, Lord (Peter) Mandelson – rather a diary piece by Hugh Muir in the Guardian. LDV readers may recall Nick Clegg’s conflicted loyalties in deciding whether to support Holland or Spain in Sunday’s World Cup final. It appears he found out a way to resolve […]

Miriam Gonzalez blows whistle on sexist media: “treat women for who they are and not simply for what their male partners do”

by Stephen Tall on July 13, 2010

Hat-tip to Lib Dem Welsh assembly member Peter Black for blogging the letter by Miriam Gonzalez (or Mrs Nick Clegg as she’s known to right-wing tabloids) published in today’s paywall-protected Times, in which she directs a well-aimed shot at the paper for its shabby treatment of a woman who happened to have fallen in love […]