Everybody quiet

In a claustrophobic year, everything that takes us far is appreciated. There is a video of the arrival of ‘Perseverance’ to Mars.

And now, with our feet on the ground, we go with the fundamentals of the day.

You can write down how many times you hear the phrase ‘Quiet al mundo’ today. We are at 23-F and you will find in all the media content to commemorate and reconstruct the 1981 coup, and another attempt to unravel the secrets of that night: the Milan tanks of the Bosch, the process of radicalization of the Army, the real role of General Armada, etc. But the truth is that despite creative and journalistic efforts, Congress has been blocking the reform of a law that would shed light on 23-F.

Felipe VI goes to Congress to deliver a speech on that terrible episode, something that Juan Carlos I never did. It will be necessary to listen to what words the king has for the role that his father played then, with whom he has tried to mark distances and that he will listen your son from the United Arab Emirates.

But the controversy will come this time due to the absence in the act of the pro-independence and nationalist parties, which have decided to sit the Head of State in this ceremony.

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The PP moves

The PP wants to be in the news for something more than the ongoing corruption trials or the results of the Catalan elections. After announcing that they will move headquarters, and now that there are no elections in sight, Pablo Casado begins to lift the institutional blockade with which he harassed the PSOE. They are above all three fronts:

  • Power of attorney. In office since 2018. Casado opens to solve a serious dysfunction in the functioning of the democratic system in Spain. The PP artificially maintains an absolute majority in the General Council of the Judiciary that no longer has the reflection of the ballot boxes. That conservative majority has not stopped making appointments of dozens of judges, including in the Supreme Court, despite being in interim mode.
  • Ombudsman. In office since 2017. PSOE and PP are close to agreeing on the appointment that ends the interim position of Francisco F. Marugán. The name of Ángel Gabilondo has been sounding like a consensus figure for months. Until now, he has led a low-profile opposition to Isabel Díaz Ayuso in Madrid. We must also be attentive to the carambola that this can produce in the Madrid PSOE.
  • RTVE. Bogged down since 2018. In this negotiation, the PP does not have the upper hand. If you want to reserve a quota of influence over the Board of Directors of RTVE, whose appointments will come from Parliament, has to move fast.

Citizens, on the canvas. In parallel, Casado wants to take advantage of the fact that Ciudadanos wanders through the political ring after the noise of Catalonia to strike him definitive blows. First, right hook: Casado has tried to seduce Albert Rivera to negotiate a possible merger. And now, a straight to the jaw: the popular they are trying to sign to prominent militants of the orange formation.

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A sudoku of vaccines and priorities

It is impossible to keep up with the different measures that the different autonomous communities are taking in managing their powers over the pandemic. Bars open and close, curfews vary, de-escalation goes through neighborhoods.

Nor is it easy to clarify what each autonomous community is prioritizing within the scope of action provided by the national vaccination plan. For example: the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Extremadura, Navarra and Madrid have not begun to vaccinate people over 80 years of age. Euskadi is now starting with those over 100. Aragon uses AstraZeneca in Health Sciences students, Andalusia in teachers and Valencia in large dependents.

In case you want to catch up, you have a review of everything here.

Meanwhile in the UK. The truth is that the comparison is blushing. Boris Johnson has announced such a slow de-escalation that the schools, now closed, will not open until March; two people will be able to sit on a terrace to drink coffee (now they cannot) in about fifteen days; pubs and restaurants will have to wait until May. May. And with incidence figures that are much better than those of Spain.

And that we are improving fast. This Monday we have reached the lowest incidence level so far this year, 252 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. We are now very close to returning to the level of contagion just before Christmas. Just two months later.

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Don’t let it pass you

  • A predator in politics. You may not know the story of Rodrigo de Santos. He was called to regenerate the PP in the Balearic Islands. Now he faces a trial for sexually assaulting two men, two inmates who went to an NGO shelter where De Santos worked. The prosecutor asks for 20 years in prison.
  • When what fails It is not the light or the water, but the system. Texas is yet another example that the US gives us of how the world’s leading power is full of holes in the operation of its essential public services. This analysis explains why.
  • From Texas to Spain. What would Spain be like if 7,600 kilometers of train tracks had not disappeared? This map shows it.
  • If you want you can. A short ironic video about the typical absurd speech that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything in life. Played by a dubbing professional, Elena de Lara.

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In today’s chapter …

  • War 3. The third and final season of the extraordinary fiction podcast starring the voices of Adriana Ugarte and Carlos Bardem has already begun. The creative freedom that sound gives allows the team of War 3 something very ambitious: imagine how World War III could start. Very well done and very entertaining.
  • Zelda. This week marks the 35th anniversary of the first video game in the ‘Zelda’ saga. To escape during confinement, I gave myself to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A marvel of traveling to your ball between the medieval, the oriental mystique and the futuristic. Here an interesting read.
  • Brody, Mathison, Berenson. Last night I finished the eighth and final season of Homeland, a series that was transgressive, dared to blow himself up, and then fought to resurrect. It is worth it, for the geopolitical espionage plots, for the role of Mandy Patinkin and for the current winks. In this eighth season we have a pinch of Trump, another pinch of Snowden and always the Middle East. If you have seen it too, in Vertele you have some curiosities of the options that were considered for the end.

And from here, a hug to Julia Otero.

We read again tomorrow. Take care of yourself.

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