by Jason Moore

Everyone is saying that it hasn´t been a good week for Prime Minister David Cameron but spare a thought for his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, First, Spain was told by Italy that they risked becoming the new Greece of Europe, then yesterday there was a general strike to protest against his labour reforms and today his government will announce major spending cuts. Things can only get better for the new Spanish Prime Minister who is under great pressure to reduce the country´s enormous budget deficit. Rajoy knew that the task he faced would not be easy but already voters are starting to desert his centre-right Partido Popular. The Partido Popular had been on course to win in Andalucia, in the end they won but failed to secure an overall majority. The general strike yesterday was a clear sign that Spain is not impressed with his plans. Further cuts will lead to further protests. The trade unions said yesterday that the general strike was just a taste of things to come. Rajoy must explain to the electorate that he has no option but to cutback on public services to bring the economy under control. But large parts of Spain are not listening and believe that he was rather economical with the truth during the election last autumn. Rajoy, quite rightly, blames his socialist predecessor for not making sufficient cuts and leaving the Spanish economy in tatters. Things are going to get worse for Rajoy before they may get better.

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