Monday night is usually a great night for doing nothing, or at least that is what hear. I rarely have time to sit back and indulge in anything but utter exhaustion. But when I do get around to it, I like to go for the remote and zap around the Spanish airwaves and usually ending up watching some film until some late hour.
But tonight is different. We have a chance to watch the first debate between the two main candidates for the prime ministership, or whatever you call that post. They are Manuel Rajoy of the conservative Popular Party (Partido Popular or PP – pronounced “Pe-PE” not “Pee-Pee”) and Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español or PSOE – generally pronounced “Pe-SO-eh”). They are squaring up to punch it out tonight. As is true of most debates, very little is expected to change. But we’ll see. They organizers obviously figured that by airing it tonight, most people would have no choice but to watch it. That’s why I am. Not becuase I am a poltical writer.
Damn! It’s just about to start.