Thursday, September 23

High voltage

The left faces an important test of its real ability to govern the material needs of the society it wants to protect. The Government, burned by the international energy price crisis, has decided to do what literally two Newspapers did, according to 99% of experts, could not be done but it turns out that it can: intervene in the market to cut costs. benefits of electrics.

With a mechanism that, like everything else in this topic, is not easy to explain but here we try, the Government will withdraw some 2,600 million euros from one of the usual sources of income of the hydroelectric and nuclear companies. With that money, you will pay costs that are normally carried over to our invoice. Between that and the tax reduction that is already underway, it is estimated that we will pay 30% less on the receipt.

Two keys to not getting lost: one, this does not mean that we will stop seeing headlines that the wholesale price of energy continues to rise (today, another record) because what is touched is not that. And two, it is a temporary measure: it is approved until March 31. There are many more details: check all keys.

The electrics fume. I say that the decision tests the real capacity of the left because, before even being able to demonstrate that it is a measure that works, the turbulence that tries to overthrow it comes: the electricity companies have threatened ‘shut down’ their nuclear power plants if not withdraw. The pulse has begun and the political chorus accompanies it: the PP talks about confiscating and expropriating; United We can celebrate the decision and accuse the companies of “undemocratic behavior”For his threats to a constitutionally protected asset of general interest. With you, article 128, that you are going to see quoted many times from now on.

Given the probable political and legal offensive, an important aspect: today we have in that Europe has given its go-ahead. Ay, the experts of what could not be.

Adolescent vaccine

It turns out that adolescents in Spain have received more first doses of the vaccine than the group between 20 and 39 years old. Basically because the kids have been led by their ears to prick their families or are more on the radar of the doctors, while the adult chick gives less explanations. Here the rest of the data and graphics like this.

Teens have already received more first doses than those in their 20s to 40s

Evolution of the percentage of population vaccinated against Covid-19 in Spain according to age group. Use the buttons to see the percentages of administration of first doses and of the population that has received the complete regimen

  • Denmark. There are no restrictions of any kind against Covid-19 in Denmark. The incidence rate is low, but not far from those in Spain. Of course, doing many more tests, screening and using a vaccination passport for almost everything. More details.
  • There will be a third dose for those over 50 in the UK. In Spain, it is still limited to people with very vulnerable immune systems, but the debate will take less time to arrive than the cold.


Do not pass

  • Table set. A year and a half after the last meeting, and after months of tug of war, today the dialogue table designed to solve or alleviate the conflict in Catalonia finally meets. Pedro Sánchez and Pere Aragonès go, but there are problems with Junts and the president leaves them out. It is the umpteenth symbolic mess that small print uses to build major conflicts. Neus Tomàs anticipates an analysis of what can happen today and who loses the fight that is mounted.
  • The Goya. If you are hooked on the story about the Goya painting that Esperanza Aguirre had at home until Villar Mir bought it, there is a new delivery: The ex-president’s husband admitted in a letter that he owed 4.2 million to his brothers after that sale.
  • Norway. The center-left has won the elections in Norway after eight years of social democratic crisis. As Ignacio Molina comments On twitterThis makes the five prime ministers of the Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland) on the left. It hasn’t happened since 1969.
  • Smokeless university. Carlos III University has approved the ban on smoking throughout the Campus. Of course, it was not possible to smoke inside the buildings or the cafeterias, but now neither on the terraces, in the entrances or in the common outdoor areas. Nowhere. It seems to me an important qualitative leap. It will happen? Will others follow suit?


In today’s chapter

  • The Oscars. If you are one of those who use the Oscar or Goya nominations as a filter to decide which films you want to see, you already have homework: ‘Parallel Mothers’ (by Almodóvar),’ The Good Patron ‘(by León de Aranoa) and’ Mediterráneo ‘(by Marcel Barrena) are the Spanish shortlisted to compete in Hollywood. A small but: none of the three have been released yet.
  • More 11S? If you were left wanting after last week to remember that September 11, 2001, there is a peculiar way to do it: by listening again to how the news sounded on the RTVE broadcast. There are no big surprises, but I was delighted to hear the editor of the Newspaper give instructions to Ana Blanco about the earpiece and listen to Alfredo Urdaci without bothering me anything he says. Here.
  • The hunt. There is a surprising consensus among the heads of Economy and Politics at Rodrigo Ponce and Jose Precedo have seen ‘The hunt’, a series that is now on Netflix, and they like it. A police thriller with traces of the fight against sexist violence, with very good reviews. It’s from 2013 and it stars Gillian Anderson, the one from The X Files who now triumphs with everything she touches. In case it suits you.

This, today. Tomorrow we will see.

Here I wait for you.

A hug,


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