How delightful

The members of a pro-independence town council in Catalonia have been summoned before a judge after a complaint was lodged over the unusually small size of the obligatory photograph of the king hanging in their assembly hall.
While the norm is for a poster-size portrait of the Spanish monarch to preside over public spaces, the image of King Felipe VI in Torredembarra is no larger than a passport photograph.
A majority of councillors approved a motion last August to downsize the royal image and since October the mini portrait of the king has been positioned high over a door, pinned right next to an identically minute photograph of Catalonia’s president, Artur Mas.
A state prosecutor brought the snub to the attention of a judge in the provincial capital of Tarragona and now Torredembarra’s 17 councillors have been summoned to explain the decision.
“We are convinced that we have not broken any laws because the portrait of the king and the leader of the Catalan government are exactly the same size”, Lluís Suñé, a councillor for the Left-wing local party Alternativa Baix Gaià (ABG), told the EFE news agency.

The error here being that anyones’ so stupid as to actually have laws about this sort of thing.

But it is the continental way: if there’s something then there just be a law about it.

23 thoughts on “How delightful”

  1. But it is the continental way: if there’s something then there just be a law about it.

    Unlike in proudly liberal Britain. Yeah.

  2. We are infected by middle-class cultural Marxism. The germ (so apt a word) is from the continent via the USA.

    It is a growing problem–agreed.

  3. The germ hasn’t spread from the continent. We helped spread it to the continent. The USA is indeed the primary source of infection though. It’s basically a Protestantism problem.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Ian B – “Unlike in proudly liberal Britain. Yeah.”

    Yeah. Think what would happen if a British parish council tried that with a golliwog.

  5. Unlike in proudly liberal Britain. Yeah.

    As far as legal systems go, any rational person would prefer to live in a common law jurisdiction rather than the Roman-Napoleonic systems on the continent. Though if your powers of thought and discrimination are so lacking that you see Corbyn and Cameron as equivalent, I grant that you are unlikely to see the subtle differences.

    Ecksy:

    We are infected by middle-class cultural Marxism. The germ (so apt a word) is from the continent via the USA.

    True, but Gramsci’s pernicious influence did not arrive via the US. And it is only ‘middle class’ in the sense that academe is the location of the primary infection.

  6. Gramsci very much did arrive via the US. Note “via”.

    As to Corby and Cam, I’m not much interested in “subtle differences”. What makes me both amused and somewhat detached is those people who rush out to vote Tory because they think they’re voting for some kind of right wing party, when Cameron is a proud and open New Leftist. People who think they’re standing against a future revolution, when it has already happened. And justify this by telling each other horror stories about how much worser it will be if the Other Lot get in.

    Cameron’s Tories are absolutely committed to the social agenda that Corby is. Why people cannot get this through their thick skulls I cannot fathom.

  7. As to the Middle Class, they are the ones in charge, who have ruthlessly driven this agenda into every nook and cranny of our lives. The working class didn’t demand mass immigration, political correctness, smoking bans or skyrocketing energy bills to pay for Green Nonsense or any of it. These are the fetishes of the Middle Class.

  8. The Frankfurt school weren’t called that cos they loved hot dogs. They left Europe and fetched up in the US. Thus it got here from Europe via the US.

    US puritanism may have cross-bred with CM to produce a more virulent strain. I’ll give you that.

  9. The Frankfurt School would have got precisely nowhere without the rich manure of American puritanism to grow in. The problem with Protestantism is it is by nature radical; protestants are always looking for another crusade to use for virtue signalling.

    At most, the Frankfurt School and Gramsci and all that just handed them one. America had already had one Progressive Era, remember. And barely a communist, Jew or other blameable outsider in sight.

  10. “But it is the continental way: if there’s something then there just be a law about it.”

    Not about a “Staatsieportret” here in the Netherlands..
    Seems it’s considered a matter of politeness to the Crown, but no law at all.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    Ian B – “As to the Middle Class, they are the ones in charge, who have ruthlessly driven this agenda into every nook and cranny of our lives. The working class didn’t demand mass immigration, political correctness, smoking bans or skyrocketing energy bills to pay for Green Nonsense or any of it. These are the fetishes of the Middle Class.”

    Some of the middle class. After all, it was not the middle class that voted for the governments that did those things. A section of the middle class told the workers that they would take money and goodies from the White Middle class and give it to them. So the workers voted for them. They then let in the Jamaicans. Who were also interested in taking things from the White Middle class. When they won elections, they let in the Bangladeshis. Who were also interested in taking things from the White Middle class.

    And so on. That agenda has been possible because of working class votes.

  12. The working class contains numbers of those who vote as if Harold Wilson was still alive.

    This gives opportunity to middle-class leftist shite. Who then do everything they can to hurt those who foolishly put them in.

    If you talk to the “Harold Wilson” supporters they actively hate what middle class scum are up to–but still won’t change their vote–even tho’ they are voting for their own and their children’s destruction.

    Truly the 1950s/1960s never ended and are still going on in lots of places in this country. Mostly in people’s heads.

  13. Is this really so different from the Yank fussing about the flag, and the Pledge of Allegiance, and whatnot? Subfascist rubbish from a subfascist era.

  14. Surreptitious Evil

    Is this really so different from the Yank fussing about the flag, and the Pledge of Allegiance, and whatnot?

    Yes, because it is a matter of law rather than a matter of culture.

    There are photos of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in pretty much all British military messes. There is no rule that they have to be there. But they are.

  15. SMFS-

    The white working class were trying to vote for socialism (whether or not you like that) but found whoever they voted for, they got Jamaicans.

  16. It seems remiss to make a law about a compulsory portrait of the monarch without specifying its minimum dimensions.
    Although I suppose you’d also need to specify the minimum surface area of the canvas that was covered by the monarch. Otherwise he could be just a tiny dot in a huge alpine panorama.
    And somehow you need to find a legally enforceable way of disqualifying a portrait of the monarch in a diver’s suit or when he was six months old. Tricky.
    Hmm. Maybe a law isn’t such a good idea.

  17. -Bart

    As far as I’ve seen the cheapo option seems to be pretty universally the now-current Official Portrait of whatever the PR Office of [head of state] deems suitable, usually made at inauguration, ranging from A5-ish for desks, to A3-ish for public halls.

    About the same as the mug-and-placemat industry 😉

  18. “because it is a matter of law rather than a matter of culture”: Children have been flung out of American public schools for refusing to take part in Pledge of Allegiance ceremonies (a daily event, apparently). That sounds a lot like law.

  19. IanB

    Gramsci very much did arrive via the US. Note “via”.

    The Frankfurters were part of the ‘Western Marxist’ tradition that began with Gramsci and Lukacs, was named by Merleau-Ponty (who was shagging Sonia Orwell as George was dying) and resulted in the UK in Stuart Hall and Raymond Williams. Gramsci’s key theories were known here quite independently of the US-based Frankfurt School, but I grant you they were subsequently reinforced by them.

  20. SE and dearieme:

    The U.S. had no Pledge of Allegiance until sometime in the last decade of the 19th century (it was championed chiefly by one of the best-known socialists of the day). Though discussed during time of the founding of the nation, a very general opinion was that such a pledge had too strong a whiff of servility for a free people.

    I don’t know how the salute to the flag arose but, when I first started school, it involved the right hand held over the heart
    and suddenly (at the words, “to the flag”) thrust out and up in a salute (which, I believe, was the source Hitler chose for the Nazi salute and was the reason that this form of the salute was (in the U.S.) dropped about a year or two later.

    Though quite young at the time, I can, fairly clearly, remember events such as V-E Day, V-J Day, and witnessed
    the ticker-tape parade on Broadway featuring the emaciated General Wainwright, a recently-freed POW of the Japanese.

  21. “As far as legal systems go, any rational person would prefer to live in a common law jurisdiction rather than the Roman-Napoleonic systems on the continent.”
    Speaking from experience, Theo?
    These days I find it’s the UK puts the wind up me. Distinct feeling of relief & safety when the ferry docks at Dunkerque.

  22. Bloke in Costa Rica

    One of the nice things about living here is you don’t see bloody great portraits of El Presidente plastered over every available vertical surface like in a lot of Latin American countries. In fact, I couldn’t pick the bugger out of a line-up. Nicaragua, on the other hand, has billboards with Ortega and his disgusting 70’s porn-stache everywhere you look, telling everyone what a fabulous job the Sandys are doing. The whole country is cracked, shitty, worn out and in desperate need of a lick of paint, but the hagiographic Danny posters are always extra spiffy.

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