Thursday 27 July 2017

Franco's worst nightmare

If there's one person who might symbolise the antithesis of Franco's Spain, it's Pedro Almodovar. The Generalissimo was short and had issues, yearning for a kind of generalised sober, sexless primness.

After he'd polished off the republicans and assassinated his many enemies, he proceeded to fatally entwine church and state, turning his country into a stunted backwater (sound familiar?).

He decimated Spanish culture, and passed laws that included homosexuals and paedophiles in the same sentence. Although his vice- like grip slackened somewhat in later years, his hands were only prised from the national throat after his death, in 1975.

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