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Sunday, October 24, 2010

ZP's Spain in Tailspin

The ''accidental'' Socialist president of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, is in a tailspin and threatens to take his country down with him.

He only was elected in the confusion of the March 2004 Al Qaeda bombings at the end of the campaign against the incumbent more conservative Popular Party (PP). He never was qualified for the top leadership position and Spain's fortunes have only reversed under his unsteady governance.

Last week, he shuffled his government including summarily dumping his foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos. He quipped - ''Am I the worst minister?''

After the general strike earlier in the month by his hard left union allies and the continuing degeneration of the country's economy, Zapatero had to do something to re-energize his listless government.

As the Madrid daily El Mundo reports, ZP (as he was once affectionately known) winked at the hard left  and his base to solidify his untenable position.

Mariano Rajoy, leader of the opposition PP, summed it up best - ''Yes, we need a new government, but one through the ballot box so that no only the music changes, but the director of the orchestra and the score.''

The country definitely deserves better.

Socialism is a remarkable failure around the world and ZP's Spain is no exception.
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