Alex Massie

Zapatero & His Banshees

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Remiss of me not to note that this photograph of the Obamas and the Zapateros has caused quite a stir in Spain. That's because the Spanish people were not generally aware that the Prime Minister's daughters, Laura and Alba*, are goths. There's a law that protects their privacy, you see and so, until the State Department released this photo, no Spanish paper had printed photographs of the girls.

Like Marbury, I think they look pretty fine and think the world would be a better place if more politicians' kids explored entertaining sub-cultures and the like.

*Is this a common name in Spain? I mean, sure, it's derived from the latin for white but it's also the historic name for, er, Scotland.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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