Saturday 17 February 2018

Spain will have to take the pain

Spanish voters went to the polls yesterday in a very different mood from that of their Irish counterparts last February.

The troubles of the two countries are strikingly similar, but in Spain little passionate anger was directed against the outgoing Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, and little faith reposed in the prospects of his People's Party rival Mariano Rajoy.

Although every opinion poll predicted a sweeping victory for Mr Rajoy, and although Mr Zapatero had clearly failed to overcome the economic crisis, the People's Party seemed determined to keep itself and the electorate free of enthusiasm.

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