Seems appropriate

Juan Carlos’s departure — a decision taken to ease pressure on his son, King Felipe, and the Borbon family as anti-monarchist sentiment grew — came after Spanish and Swiss prosecutors launched investigations of allegations of bribes over a Saudi Arabian high-speed rail contract.


He is said to be the guest of the Fanjul family, wealthy Cuban-American friends who made their fortune in sugar plantations.

Well, not so much. They’ve made their fortune out of the American sugar tariff regime – the one that makes domestic sugar twice the price of world -, a regime they’ve been able to maintain over the decades by the delicate deployment of election funding.

Appropriate friends to have…..

11 thoughts on “Seems appropriate”

  1. It’s almost as if the 30s in Spain are playing out all over again. Abdication of King. Declaration of Republic amid the rise of wokeness. And where does it all end up? Admittedly the sequence of events is rather different and there is still a monarch, for the time being. And there is no real army anymore. Maybe there are grounds for hope

  2. All a great pity – in his time he did a greater service to his country than almost any politician in the democratic world will have done. Humans, eh?

  3. Yes he did more for his country one night in 1981 then any other monarch (our own excepted of course), plus reputedly 4000 sexual conquests! Also a keen user of the wonderful Helvetia banking system ( allegedly). Give the man a peaceful dotage.

  4. It was rather more than one night in 1981. As soon as Franco passed away, he moved very swiftly to assume power and manage a path to democracy. He kept the military under control and also managed things so that the socialists couldn’t wreck everything again

  5. American sugar, thanks to the tariff, is twice the world price.
    Hurrah! That’s why there is no obesity in the US.
    Are you listening, Bojo?

  6. ‘It was rather more than one night in 1981’
    Well yes but surely the pivotal moment in post Franco history?
    There was clearly an expectation in the really Francoist army elements that he would be on-side with Tejero

  7. @Diogenes
    “It’s almost as if the 30s in Spain are playing out all over again.”

    Not just in Spain. In UK, and USA, we have Blackshirt paramilitaries marching in uniform. Violent suppression of politics by street thuggery. This is a rhyme we can do without.

  8. Unfortunately, it would appear, so typically Spanish. Not content becoming king & being given a palace to live in, he has to stick his fingers in the pot & screw around. It’s why the surest way to prison is get yourself elected mayor. It’s why this country will never, ever, amount to much.

  9. Mr Lud, it took 5 years after the 1977 elections before the Spanish elected the twats. Felipe González makes the Clintons seem honest. Whereas when the voters threw out the twats in 1933, the Socialists launched a general strike that morphed into open insurrection. People have forgotten the violence launched by those nice Socialists. But it does seem endemic in Spain for the electorate to want a bit of violent, uncreative destruction. All credit to JC for keeping it bottled up for over 5 years. But even now you get people blaming fools such as Tejero for spoiling the party. I blame the EU for pumping so much money into Felipe González’s slush funds

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