Friday, 14 March 2008

Save Acebes!

The TV3 satire show Polonia is the only program which I follow regularly. Tonight they offered a 90 minute long live “election special”. The format allowed the comedians to be up to date with the latest developments and, although I must admit that I prefer the more distilled recorded version, there were some highlights.

Mariano Rajoy, who apparently still enjoys the confidence of the core of PP, has announced that there will be changes in the party’s leadership. Eduardo Zaplana will not continue as parliament spokesman and it seems that general secretary Angel Acebes will have to leave as well. And that is why Toni Soler and his team have started the campaign “Save Acebes” (, on behalf of all 'humorists'. Because without him, programs like Polonia simply will not be the same.

That did not prevent PP members Rajoy, Acebes and Dolors Nadal from joining forces to show their support for Catalan Indepence. The logic was simple: if it had not been for Catalonia, PP would have won the Spanish parliament elections. So let them be independent, if that is what it takes!

Suitable for a winner, Zapatero came jumping in only at the very end, supported by his euphoric cheerleader Carme Chacón. When she stopped screaming “Nos a votado, la niña de Rajoy”, the prime minister could finally start singing his optimistic song “Apoyaré (YMCA) – todo lo que me pidan”. “El Zapaterisme en estat pur”, as Soler himself summed it up.

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