Spain’s new (pregnant) Minister of Defence ¡Viva España!

In an attempt to out-cool only himself (and in contrast to a dorky Berlusconi), Spain’s prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, announced his new cabinet. Not to bore you with all the inner-workings of Spanish politics and a who’s who of ‘up and coming’ and ‘down and out’ socialist politicos, there is one new minister who does need mentioning: Carme Chacón.

Yesterday’s TV images of Chacón reviewing the troops were, if anything, eyebrow lifting material. Catalana and some seven months pregnant, yesterday’s ceremony was a stern and solemn event marked with her headmistress-like prompts of ¡Viva España! ¡Viva el Rey!  Yikes, that is enough to boil the blood of a good part of Catalunya and make even Paquito F. roll over in his grave.

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