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Rajoy admits in Parliament mishandling corruption scandal, but won’t resign

Friday, August 2nd 2013 - 03:39 UTC
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy apologised on Thursday for mishandling a major corruption scandal, but denied he or his conservative People's Party, PP, accepted illegal payments and rejected opposition calls to step down. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    Never mind, we can always blame Gibraltar ! Does this remind you of any other Spanish speaking country ?

    Aug 02nd, 2013 - 05:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Hence the reason they have earned their status as as the 'S' in PIGS.

    Aug 02nd, 2013 - 05:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    Rule of law!! If the law can´t find any wrong doing. Why should he resign?
    I am sure Moonface (Picardo) would love to see him go!! but it looks like the Gibs will have to spend another 7 hours trying to get out of Gib LAnd!!
    Let´s see if we can break the record and go for 12!!

    Aug 02nd, 2013 - 07:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    They will adapt, they have done so before. Lets not forget the ECHR, they quite like that in Europe, Spain will be the BIG loser in the long run. Spain is broke remember, they are going to need our signature on some cheques in the future.

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 12:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Lets see if the Spaniards who work in Gib. will have to spend another 7 hours trying to get to their ONLY jobs and source of income !
    This has been happening for at least 50 years.
    The Gibraltarians will just adapt again and turn towards Morocco for labour and fresh supplies. Tough luck on the Spanish workers who depend on Gib. for a living.
    It just shows what a petulant bunch some Spanish speaking nations can be ..comparisons with ?

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 05:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    It's affecting the Spanish workers who are not provided employment in their own country more than it affects the Gibraltarians.

    If Spain cuts of its border, Gibraltar will find another way around the problem and cancel the need for Spain.

    Mmmmmmm, tough question that.

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 07:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    'No crime was covered up' says Mariano Fortunato Rajoy y Bahamonde, well that's obvious as the crimes are coming out into the open.

    A carefully-worded non-denial?

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 12:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @3 Silly comments again. You are forgetting the inconvenience caused to Spanish workers trying to enter Gibraltar.

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    *8 These so called Spanish workers work and pay taxes in Gibraltar which they do not do in Spain.Therefore the Spanish tax office is chasing them, if they pay taxes in Gib don´t expect to get health benefits in Spain and other services. I think Gib should start hiring Morocons any day soon.....
    Spain owes NOTHING to these workers....

    Aug 03rd, 2013 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    9 So these Spanish people who have to emigrate for work and earn money, which they spend in Spain, and by working avoid claiming benefits contribute nothing? They raise the standard of living in the border area and help the economy, and help the thieving State get by.

    Spain owes them an apology for wrecking the economy and causing them hassle at the border, and gratitude for their contribution and forbearance.

    Or do they only exist for the glory of the State?

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 04:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    Get ready to pay 50 euros each time anybody crosses the border.
    The only standard of living these workers are raising is that of Gibraltar.
    It is like the 60000 telephones lines that were concededed to Gibratar by the last incompetent spanish government. From these lines Gibraltar is making millions from on line betting while La Linea municipality has only made 4.000 euros....these lines should be cut or a higher tax emposed.
    Air space should be totally closed to Gibraltar or at least controlled by Spain. If the Gibs are not happy the planes can come but not through spanish air space.
    Cocrete and building material should not be allowed to enter through Spain.
    The dumping of the concrete blocks should not be tolerared.

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 10:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    11 Zzzzzz....

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Then the UK should reduce its contribution to the EC coffers by twice this amount. Spain is a net recipient of EC grants. Why should the UK hand over money to this country when they act in this way. The UK should then “harass” Spanish fishing vessels in Scottish waters by boarding every one of them daily to inspect catches and quotas. Much of the fish sold in Spain comes from OUR waters. If Spain wants to play silly ”b.....s, so can we.
    The next step, if it escalates, is to source our fruit and veg. outside Spain. WE managed OK long before the EU existed by supplying our markets from UK sources, and the Netherlands could make up the shortfall. We could probably get it cheaper on the world markets anyway.
    Spain cannot control Gibraltars airspace. In Franco's days, Spanish airspace WAS banned to Gibraltar. I have flown in the old Viscounts to Gatwick by heading out to sea, flying over Portugal and then out to sea again, to turn at the Bay of Biscay then over France to the UK.
    If Spain will not deliver building materials, there are plenty of countries who will. I am sure Morocco or Portugal would be glad of the trade. If YOU personally object to the dumping of concrete blocks then what are YOU going to do about it from Australia or Argentina. How about limestone or marble ? Would that be better ?

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    * I agree with you!! break diplomatic and trade agreements between the two countries and charge the 50 euros at the gate.........The usa has just opened up free trade with Europe good markets there... The air pace will be closed and Gibraltar will not join the EU air space...any harassment from one Eu member to another will be fined heavily by the Eu commission....just ask the French..they were fined heavily when they stopped and destroyed Spanish produce on the border....There is no such thing as “ our waters” in The EU..they are EU waters...again, any harassment and you pay the coffers.....What you should do is calm Moonface (Picardo) down before he sends Gibraltar to no mans land..
    The dumping of the concrete blocks has been sent to The EU by Spain, it is The EU who will do something about it not Spain..You see, Spain is a
    lawful country doesn´t react unlawfully like Moonface!!!

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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