Iberian debut of a classic paranoiac Dutch neither-nor motif?

You do something bad, I'll do something ugly.

Trebots @ Tuesday March 5th 2013 13:02

I transcribe this cartoon (whose conservative objects are to continue to deny the right to benefit from Spanish-language public services, and to maintain a disastrous system of education):

Artur Mas [regional president]: Jo m'encarrego de que no sigui pública...
Wert [the PP's fall-guy/buffoon national minister of education]: y yo que no sea en catalán!

The Dutch version of this dual conspiracy theory I know from old left-wing jokes, for example this, from the (ex-)textile mills of Enschede and neighbouring Gronau:

A new priest has been appointed to a factory district, and immediately sets about educating his parishioners with a view to improving their lot and generally creating some kind of mini-North Korea on earth. This worries the local foe of virtue and factor of all evils, who gets the cleric round for Sunday lunch and says, "Look, we've got a perfectly functional system here, and it works like this: I keep them poor, and you keep them stupid."

Does this two-horned monster exist in other languages? Is Carlos Portonostro its Spanish introducer?

Like the cartoon, much of the content of Cafè amb llet is what I would regard as more-or-less fascist - hyper-nationalist and -nationalising - but I support it simply because of its assaults on the particular branch of the Catalan oligarchy which, wrapping itself in the flag, has plundered the region for the past few decades. The pre-modern nature of some areas of Spanish law led to it recently being fined €10K for publishing details of corruption and embezzlement, despite a clear public interest defence, because these damaged the honour of one of those involved.

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  • José Ignacio Wert (3) José Ignacio Wert Ortega (born 18 February 1950, Madrid) is a Spanish politician.
  • The Mirror for Magistrates (1) The Mirror for Magistrates is a collection of English poems from the Tudor period by various authors which retell the lives and the tragic ends of various historical figures.
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