Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sun, sea, sangria and secession

People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passes the vote of independence from Spain in Barcelona. Photo: Reuters
People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passes the vote of independence from Spain in Barcelona. Photo: Reuters
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You may have missed this, because you all have busy lives and God knows there are enough daily happenings and outrages to be keeping up with in this country. And even if you are part of the intelligentsia who dabble in foreign news, Trump and Brexit would give you your fill there.

But we really should be paying attention to the fact that Spain is possibly moving towards another civil war. You may have been tending to dismiss the news from Spain slightly up to now. Bit of bother in one of those Mediterranean countries where we go on holidays. Easily ignored. They get very agitated down there, and the weather is hot so they tend to take to the streets. But ultimately they are civilised countries like us. They keep a lid on things.

We basically have this notion that within the EU, things are fairly stable. Eastern Europe - dictatorial and unstable. Africa - very unstable. America - mental for the time being but could recover. Australia - don't have much politics as such. But Western Europe - you could buy a house there or go on your holidays.

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