The “Politics of National Pride” of the Spanish “People´s Party” (PP)

The leader of the Spanish People´s Party and current Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy has always been emphasizing in his speeches that the Spaniards should show with frankness their pride to be some Spaniards.

See for this for example an article of October 11, 2007 titled “Rajoy pide a los ciudadanos que manifiesten ‘con franqueza’ su orgullo de ser españoles” in the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo“. October 12 is the national day of Spain.

Now: The Puerta del Sol (Spanish for “Gate of the Sun“) is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This square is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads and also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. The New Year’s celebration has been broadcast live on national television since December 31, 1962.

The subway station of the Puerta del Sol was always named “Estación de Sol“.

Metro Sol

But on June 1, 2013 this subway station has been renamed now “Estación Vodafone Sol“.

Estación Vodafone Sol

Metro vodafone Sol

The politicians of the People´s Party of Madrid sold the name of this subway station to the British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone for one million euros a year.

Have a look for this for example at an article of 6/2/2013 in “eldiario.es“. Have also a look at an article about this in the Spanish edition of the Huffington Post.

So the name of the subway station of the probably most famous and most visited square in Madrid can be bought for some euros now by some British telecommunications company.

Well, if you can buy something like that for some euros here, there are probably a lot of other things too you can buy now in Madrid for some euros.

And there is a famous latin saying: “Pecunia non olet” (in English: “Money doesn´t stink“).

So I don´t believe that the politicians for example of the “Partido Popular” (headed in Madrid by the current Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella) who sold the name of the subway station of the most famous and most visited place of the Spanish capital will be very picky about what they are willing to sell or to offer and about what kind of corporations, organizations or private persons wanna make business here.

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Austerity Queen Angela Merkel

William Banzai7: Austerity Queen (February 2012)

Wikipedia: Angela Merkel

See also my blog article (written in German): William Banzais Karikaturen zum weltweiten neoliberalen Finanz- und Wirtschaftssystem und seinen politischen Marionetten

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Black Sabbath: War Pigs (1970)

Black Sabbath: War Pigs (album: Paranoid, 1970) – Live in Paris 1970

Black Sabbath: War Pigs (album: Paranoid, 1970) – With some footage of the Iraq War

Lyrics War Pigs

Wikipedia: War Pigs

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Also in the UK There is Nothing New Under the Sun

David Cameron: The heir of Margaret Thatcher

Labour launches poster on David Cameron’s tax cut for millionaires (Website of the Labour Party, 6/4/2013)

Labour Poster: Who Wants to Bung a Millionaire? Dave Does

David Cameron Refuses To Rule Out Cutting Tax For The Rich (The Huffington Post, 1/29/2014)

David Cameron refuses to rule out another cut in top rate of income tax (The Guardian, 1/29/2014)

The Tories cut funding for the poor – and won’t rule out tax cuts for the rich (The Guardian, 1/30/2014)

David Cameron is hoaxing ordinary working class and middle class people like all those neoliberal politicians, making them believe that he is “one of them and that his economic policies are “good for the whole country“.

Yo, plebs, we is all in dis ting together, yeah?

I´m just like you. I grew up on an estate as well.

Warren Buffett: “It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be” (CNN  – 19/6/2005: Buffett: ‘There are lots of loose nukes around the world’)

See also my blog article: Warren Buffett about Higher Taxes on the Wealthy

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel: Two of a Kind

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I wasn´t really welcome in London when I stayed there some days ago. But even then David Cameron obviously didn´t get what he expected from Angela Merkel.

Germany’s Merkel to Cameron – I can’t satisfy all Britain’s EU wishes” (Reuters UK Edition 2/27/2014).

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Warren Buffett about Higher Taxes on the Wealthy

Wikipedia: Warren Buffett

CNN (19/6/2005): Buffett: ‘There are lots of loose nukes around the world’

“It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be”.

ABC News (11/20/2011): “Warren Buffett: Read My Lips, Raise My Taxes”.

“They say you have to keep those tax cuts, even on the very wealthy, because that is what energizes business and capitalism,” anchor Amanpour said.

The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on,” Buffett explained.

The New York Times (8/14/2011): Warren Buffett: “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”

The New York Times (11/25/2012): Warren Buffett: “A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy”.

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The New Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio Addressing the Inequality Crisis in His Inaugural Speech

Wikipedia: Bill de Blasio

The New York Times (January 1, 2014): Text of Bill de Blasio’s Inauguration Speech

We recognize a city government’s first responsibilities: to keep our neighborhoods safe; to keep our streets clean; to ensure that those who live here – and those who visit – can get where they need to go in every boroughs. But we know that our mission reaches deeper. We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA (…)

It’s that tradition that inspires the work we now begin. A movement that sees the inequality crisis we face today, and resolves that it will not define our future. Now I know there are those who think that what I said during the campaign was just rhetoric, just “political talk” in the interest of getting elected. There are some who think now, as we turn to governing – well, things will just continue pretty much like they always have.       

So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City. We know this won’t be easy; It will require all that we can muster. And it won’t be accomplished only by me; It will be accomplished by all of us — those of us here today, and millions of everyday New Yorkers in every corner of our city. (….)

New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis – an inequality crisis. It’s not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It’s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.

Its urgency is read on the faces of our neighbors and their children, as families struggle to make it against increasingly long odds. To tackle a challenge this daunting, we need a dramatic new approach — rebuilding our communities from the bottom-up, from the neighborhoods up. And just like before, the world will watch as we succeed. All along the way, we will remember what makes New York, New York”.

The New York Times (January 1, 2014): Taking Office, de Blasio Vows to Fix Inequity

The Guardian (January 1, 2014): De Blasio vows action on inequality to tackle New York’s ‘Tale of Two Cities’

Wikipedia: Joseph E. Stiglitz

Vanity Fair (May 2011): Joseph E. Stiglitz: Inequality: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

The New York Times (Book Review, 8/3/2012): Thomas B. Edsall: Separate and Unequal: ‘The Price of Inequality,’ by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Guardian (Book Review, 7/13/2012): Yvonne Roberts: The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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