It’s unimaginable that Westminster would have acted towards Scotland as Madrid has acted towards Catalonia.
Posts Tagged: Spain
His toothless policy towards the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein has created an unsustainable democratic vacuum in Northern Ireland.
There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.
Garvan Walshe: Short of sending tanks into the streets, Rajoy couldn’t be handling Catalonia’s crisis worse
The Spanish Prime Minister’s tin-eared reaction to police violence served to heighten, not dampen down, tensions.
Lewis Baston: Disraeli’s “leap in the dark” towards modern democracy. 150 years on from the 1867 Reform Act.
Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.
Plus: As I bask by a sun-illuminated swimming pool on holiday in Spain, I reflect on how the Spanish respond if you try to fiddle your water supply…
Iain Dale: A Cabinet Minister asks “how long before we can topple her?” With May standing only three feet away.
And, separately, I interview a Prime Minister who doesn’t seem at all brow-beaten or lacking in authority, but instead appears to have recovered her MoJo.
In neither case was mass murder by followed by a strengthening of a government’s position: there was no electoral Security Bonus.
Iain Dale: Guess who mentioned Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler…and, yes, Hitler?
Yes, Livingstone named him 12 times when interviewed by me this week. Plus: Saudi Arabia uncovered, Michael Howard unmuzzled. And: In memory of Helen Szamuely.
Is it interested in reforming to tackle its long-term problem? Will it let deals be held to ransom by Spain and Wallonia? Will it finally start taking security seriously? The next few years will tell us.
The EU’s draft document suggests broad agreement on most of what we want. And the three bones of contention are surmountable.
“Another woman Prime Minister sent a task force halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country.”
“There will in the end be an agreement that fully respects the position of Gibraltar.”
Will the UK get a deal? Much depends on whether other European governments or the EU Commission take charge on the other side of the table.
Jeremy Hunt: This week’s Budget delivered for the NHS, social care – and the vulnerable people who depend on both
I am determined to see our health service offer the safest, highest quality care anywhere in the world.