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Sir, Thank you again for caring so much for us. I guess this is quite a tyresome matter for anyone alien to it (also for the ones who have to suffer it daily). When the Basque Country gained its settlement, the catalans were offered a similar one, and they rejected it. It seemed then more important for the nationalists to gain power than to collect taxes, something never quite popular. The basques have always been more clever. About the backlash mentioned, it is a quite complicated story: 1. The nationalist regional government, since its cration, pretended to speak to Modrid in formal terms of equal to equal, althought the Supreme Law for all the spanish people was (and still is) the Spanish Constitution. 2. When a socialist government came to power in Catalonia, and when later the socialists also came to power in Madrid, there was the agreement to make a new Autonomy Bill for Catalonia. It was a de facto modification of the Constitution but without saying so. They were, so to speak, too clever by half. 3. Because of the bad design of our system, this Bill went to be approved in referendum by the catalan people before it came to be revised by the Supreme Constitutional Court (because it was appealed by the Partido Popular). 4. When some, very few, articles of the new Bill were annulled the rhetoric of the equal to equal negotiation became useless: it was clear that Catalonia was as much ruled by the Constitution as any other part of Spain. And then began the 'sovereignty movement' that brought us where we are today. An increasing part of the catalan population became convinced that the only way to have full autonomy was by leaving Spain. More than a backlash in power, that as a matter of fact was quite increased, it was a myth that crumbled: the catalan nation in equal terms with 'Spain' (sic). 5. The problem is that to leave Spain by a referendum is not legally possible without changing the Constitution. And the catalan nationalist party, affraid of the more radical parties to get control of the situation, choose the radical rhetoric of the opressed nation and many people, until then moderate middle class nationalists non pro independence, followed them. And so, tomorrow a part of the population will try to vote, while the police, following the instructions of the Court of Law, will try to prevent them to do so. The situation is even more complicated since the catalan region has its own police, wich has been modelled by the nationalist regional Government. And the radical non pro independence left has also called for the vote: the worse it gets, the better it is for them. A bloody mess, as you may imagine. Excuse such a long story. I'm not able to make it shorter. And, finally, have in mind that, whatever happens tomorrow, this is only the beginning. Best regards.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2017 on Muchas gracias, Ortega at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Thank you for your interest (and for having enough patience to read such a long story). Today anything, meaning anything, is possible. Let's hope just for the bad. I guess my solution would be very close to yours. PS: The BBC keeps on saying that this is a conflict between the Madrid Government and the Catalan one. It's simply not true. We have also separation of powers here and if something is illegal or not it is up to the courts to decide. And also the courts are the ones sending the police to stop it.
In case you have nothing better to do (and probably even washing the dishes would be better) a quite long history of the catalan situation from an angainst secession point of view. https://hayderecho.com/2017/09/26/the-catalan-problem-for-dummies/
Hey! I see you care for us. Thank you. Some people here are gone mad. And they are not very clever neither. We are having to choose between the bad and the worse. I can't help you with the translation. Does it mean: waiting for further news?
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2017 on The Sunday Rumble: 24.9.17 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry to hear about your hernia. Maybe some repressed thoughts on Corbyn got in the way? Here we had Zapatero. He was less dangerous because he is totally dumb and even so he did quite a damage. Nver mind about the operation. I had just the same when I was half your age now (yes, always ahead of my time) and it's really a very minor intervention. They did't even put me to sleep. Suerte y al toro, as we used to say here (now it's not very PC).
Asked (by me, actually) if the christians will disapear, the catholic french philosopher Rémi Brague (wich I recommend very vividly) smiled and said: 'Maybe, but europeans are disapearing faster'.
Thank you. Be sure I keep coming as often as I always have (and not only for the funnies). I was just trying to keep away from the comments section but since you seem no to mind I'll occasionally embarrass myself.
Family man. https://twitter.com/Holbornlolz/status/844819031165042688
Like old George said, some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.
Sturgeon and Adams seem to look very happy about it too. Desn't it worry you?
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2016 on I was wrong - again - HOORAH! at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Best wishes! Maybe some music will do. https://youtu.be/SCcEQnBvydk
Toggle Commented May 17, 2016 on Apologies at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I've thought that maybe you'd like it. http://www.openculture.com/2016/03/3900-pages-of-paul-klees-personal-notebooks-are-now-online.html
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2016 on The Sunday Rumble: 6.3.16 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I don't see what you mean. For me that's the heavy stuff. You should see me on sunday mornings.
Now you know why you must hire a spanish nanny. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/princess-charlottes-debut-outfit-gifted-by-nanny-maria-borrallo-201575?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=elle&utm_campaign=partner&src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1448_178339448&linkId=14073081
Happy to oblige. I still owe you for plenty of links.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2015 on Sorry, yet more Waterloo at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I guess you've seen this. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3030264/Amazing-model-shows-extent-Battle-Waterloo.html
And here you have the great 'Letter from an Unknown Woman', the one I like to remember him for. http://youtu.be/S0R2STZUUNQ
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2015 on Au revoir, Louis, et merci! at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Bath! Lucky both of you! Awaiting for the comments.
Maybe you'll want to go to the 14'02'' minute. http://youtu.be/TbA5ab18SCo Or, even better, to listen to the whole thing.
Teach a man to fish and he'll still vote for the guy that gives him a fish.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2014 on My Monday Funnies: 1.12.14 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
With some shameful delay (mañana and all that, you know), allow me to join you in your celebration. Waiting for the 75 years purple heart or something like that. When asked for the secret of a long marriage, George Harrison's widow said: not to divorce. I think that sumes it quite well. Congratulations again! We´ll make toast for both of you with some good spanish bubbles. And do not worry: I personally will take care of emptying your cups.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2014 on Today's the day at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I do not like explanations where the others (russians, palestinians) have 'no other alternative' but we (the west) can choose. Sociology for them, ethics for us. So, only one part can ever be guilty.
He would certainly enjoy my, ejem, garden. Totally multicultural, no trace of pure races there.
Mrs. Gove said something in the way of: 'Cameron will live to regret this day'. If she's made of the same stuff of his husband plus the known extra coming from the female of the specie, maybe Mr. Cameron should be a little worried.
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/charles-moore/2014/07/charles-moore-weve-just-seen-the-worst-reshuffle-in-25-years/