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It is worth noting that at the following general election in 1918, Sinn Fein won a landslide victory, winning 70% of the seats (up from 0% at the preceding election) and displacing the more moderate Irish Parliamentary Party which lost nearly all its seats. Violence has a way of radicalising people and polarising an already fraught political situation.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 at 04:34:35 PM EST
Can't wait to see how the Basques react.
by rifek on Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 01:03:26 AM EST
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The Basques are generally contented since ETA put down its weapons and they can enjoy in peace their favourable fiscal arrangement with Spain.

However, they cannot e seen to countenance the PP government's approach to the Catalan question. So: Catalan independence crisis delays passage of Spanish 2018 budget (El País, 27 September 2017)

Basque nationalists are withholding necessary support until after October 1 referendum date
...and beyond, I might add.

Note that the Basque Nationalist Party supported the passage of the 2017 budget last June in exchange for money from the central government for expanding the Basque regional police.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 01:55:11 AM EST
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We'll see if they remain so sanguine now that Madrid has shown how ready it is to shove aside the locals and send in Guardia Civil.
by rifek on Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 06:55:44 PM EST
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Sorry, Migeru, but not so simple:

The money was not for expanding the basque police, which is paid by basque government: the PP removed the appeal against the repositioning rate of retired basque police units.

The money, quite a lot of it, was for the Cupo and other investments in basque country.


by kukute on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 12:18:19 PM EST
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PS: The  PNV doesn't negotiate for a mess of pottage
by kukute on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 12:21:57 PM EST
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