The prime minister, Mariano Rajoy is intent on using his first “state of the nation” speech to spell out, amongst other things, a series of legal reforms to tackle corruption in politics. In English we would say that is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Apart from the issue of payments made to his own party as outlined by the Barcenas papers, he also has the embarrassment of the case against the Duke of Palma to consider.
Inaki Urdangarin is to make a second appearance in court to answer further questions regarding the millions of euros of public funds that he is suspected of embezzling. The Duke claims that his partner, Diego Torres is the guilty one and that both himself and the Infanta Cristina are innocent parties. However, a series of emails have come to light that show not only was Urdangarin involved in the decision making of the Noos Institute but that his wife and even the King himself had knowledge of what was going on.