The policy of the Spanish government has been to threaten Catalonia and sow seeds of discord in its fragile coalition government. Now it’s reaping the spoils.
This is a sordid tale of how a public bank with a clear mission was corrupted and destroyed by a clique of politicians, business men and women, and union leaders.
In the worst case scenario, financial chaos would ensue, in Madrid and in Catalonia.
Don Emilio Botín, undisputed Capo of Spanish banking, died. He’d transformed a regional bank into Grupo Santander, one of the world’s biggest baddest megabanks. Now the true owners are getting nervous.
A tightly coordinated campaign by the Spanish government and its corporate masters.
Numerous common acts in Spain have been turned into illegal acts by the Orwellian-termed “Citizens’ Security” law, more popularly known as the “Gag Law.”
Through crude use of statistics, the Spanish government makes a mockery out of tragedy.
Just 103 days remain before Catalonia’s scheduled and already explosive referendum on independence from Spain, and now this.
The two deals expose the imperative to deny a bleak reality, on the principle that when banks win, we all win.
The law hounds the new media, from blogs to Google, to protect the loyal mainstream press from insolvency and irrelevance. Other governments are ogling similar laws.