All news is spin. And most of it is establishment spin at that.
So here we have the remarkable spectacle of various media outfits informing us that the nationalist parties in Catalonia failed to secure a mandate for a referendum on independence in the regional elections held on Sunday.
According to that purveyor of ignorance that is RTÉ:
“Separatists in Spain’s Catalonia won regional elections yesterday but failed to get a resounding mandate for a referendum on independence.
The referendum had threatened to pile political uncertainty on top of Spain’s economic woes.
Catalan President Artur Mas, who has implemented unpopular spending cuts, had called an early election to test support for his new drive for independence for Catalonia.
Catalonia was handed almost two-thirds of the 135-seat local parliament to four different separatist parties that all want to hold a referendum on secession from Spain.
But they punished the…
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