The Spanish press was out in force for Monday afternoon’s news conference following the Spanish-Polish bilateral summit meeting.
This was in expectation of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy making a statement on the latest revelations in the Barcenas corruption scandal.
“The SMS texts published yesterday ratify what I said before; the Spanish constitutional state does not pay blackmailers and Spanish institutions, such as the justice administration, the judicial police and the tax administration have acted with absolute independence,” insisted Rajoy.
Luis Barcenas, who testified in court on Monday, is the former Treasurer of Rajoy’s Popular Party. The texts purport to show Rajoy and Barcenas were communicatting long after Rajoy says he cut all ties. Barcenas is accused of amassing a slush fund used to give gifts to party officials, and illegally finance the party.
The party has cut him loose and disowned him, so Barcenas is threatening to reveal the extent of illegal payments, some of which he says went to Rajoy himself.
The public has been disgusted by the tales of corruption in their government as they feel the full force of austerity, but the opposition has been unable to take the high ground as the Socialists are mired in corruption worries of their own.