As sad as an octogenarian working as a supermarket cashier

As sad as an octogenarian working as a supermarket cashier

Hello, how was your week?

Regular mine. I’ve been sick for a couple of days with another cold, the third in a few months (a bit like the financial sector, with the latest Deutsche Bank scare). If you notice that this letter looks a little worse on me than other times, you already know the reason: I have more runny nose than a school, my head hurts and I won’t stop coughing.

I have spoken with a friend who is a doctor and he explains the reason. “After wearing a mask for so long, this season the colds are getting stronger. And you who have small children, even worse.

I’ve gotten out of bed for a while, to see if writing to you helps me find something better. I was also sorry to interrupt this weekly letter, which I want to turn into a tradition.

Play Swedish. Literally. That is the technique applied by the leader of the Popular Party, who scheduled a visit to the Swedish embassy on the day of Vox’s motion of no confidence. Later, his party, before the Tamames circus in Congress, gave the extreme right an abstention.

After abstaining, Feijóo described the motion as “gross” and “anti-political.” So it seems that in the spring season in the PP pastel tones and the somewhat hypocritical standouts of Vox become fashionable. Isabel Díaz Ayuso also premieres that same collection.

With the pension reform, Alberto Núñez Feijóo has decided to bet on a similar strategy: that of escaping from the debate; stand in profile As expected, the PP has criticized the model that the Government has agreed with Europe. But he has not proposed any alternative: Feijóo does not want to explain how he would fix it.

On his trip through Europe, Feijóo has missed a clue to his true intention: which presumably involves cutting pensions, instead of increasing Social Security income. From Brussels, Feijóo praised the reform that Macron has launched with the opposition of half of France, which contrasted with that of Spain. “We are making a mistake by postponing a debate that is essential to create employment,” he said.

Feijóo also valued the “social tension” in France. As if it annoyed him that this pension reform has not caused an explosion in the street against the coalition government.

But, is the French problem comparable to the Spanish one? Is the same recipe valid for both countries? The data explains it well.

Is allocating a seventh of the country’s wealth to pensions a lot or a little? Is it sustainable or is it not?

I don’t know how you see it, but what really seems unsustainable to me is what happens in countries where the public pension system is weaker, such as the United States, Australia or South Korea.

In the United States, collections through TikTok have become fashionable so that elderly people over 80 in drudgery jobs can retire.

I see the image of one of them, an 82-year-old supermarket cashier, and everything seems sad to me: that someone of that age would continue working; that he can only rest by the help of charity.

I continue with the unsustainable. For the CEOE, what is really impossible to assume is the rise in social contributions from this pension reform. A proposal that the employers have described as “inadmissible”, predicting that it will trigger labor costs and that it will only serve to increase unemployment.

The data speaks clearly, once again.

Almost as sad as an octogenarian working as a supermarket cashier: didn’t you find it terrible to see a victim of the dictatorship, such as Ramón Tamames, buying the historical revisionism of Francoism? I refer to that lie that the Civil War began in 1934, with the mining revolt in Asturias.

The historian Ángel Viñas dismantles that myth in this interesting article, which goes one step further. Because he also wonders when Spain got screwed: at what moment the coup d’etat became inevitable. No, it was not in Asturias. Nor in 1934.

Do not miss this chronicle by Iñigo Sáenz de Ugarte on the motion: Women of Spain! Tamames has a model for you: Isabel la Católica

Not even my article on the far-right discourse and its hoaxes: The lies of Tamames and Abascal in the motion of censure

The young reporter in the image is our colleague Olga Rodríguez, two decades ago. The photo was taken in the spring of 2003 in Baghdad, at the Palestine Hotel, where most of the press stayed during the Iraq war. She was there, on the ground, telling the war for the SER. It was in that same hotel, a few weeks later, where a US tank assassinated José Couso with a cannon shot.

Since then, Olga has not stopped covering all kinds of international conflicts around half the world: Afghanistan, Egypt, Kosovo, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Yemen… In addition to being a friend and co-founder of, Olga is one of the journalists who I admire more. Her chronicles always have the perfect balance between rigor, data, context and emotion. This week, she has published in two stupendous pieces that I recommend: The consequences of the Iraq war that continue to this day and also The lessons of the Iraq war and journalism.

“It is not easy to transmit the pain that war causes and that lasts for generations. And yet, pain is the most exact unit of measurement to determine the whys and explain its consequences”, writes Olga. And she is absolutely right.

It is the same bell tower, from 2016 to today. The Sau reservoir, in Barcelona, ​​is now only at 7% of its capacity. Every day, a boat goes through it to catch fish, take them out of the water and sacrifice them: to prevent them from dying due to lack of oxygen and their corpses from poisoning the water. We tell you the full story here.

Next Tuesday I will be in Gijón. It is a trip that I really want, because we are going to release our new regional edition. That day, in the afternoon, we will hold a meeting with the members, so if you are close by, come along. I will be accompanied by the journalist Bárbara A. Peri, who will be responsible for this new edition of As always, you can ask me anything you want.

With that of Asturias, we already have 16 regional editions. We only need one last one in La Rioja –which I hope we will open soon– to become the first Spanish newspaper with a newsroom in each of the 17 autonomous communities. We always say it: Spain is much bigger than Madrid. And you can’t tell what happens in this country if you only have journalists inside the M-30.

If you like your local edition, and you want it to grow, you can support it with a small extra fee from here.

I’ll leave it here for today. I hope you have a good weekend, that you liked my letter and that next week I can write to you in better health.

Thank you for your support of!

A hug,

Ignatius School

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