It was like that scene from Planet of the Apes when Charlton Heston finds the Statue of Liberty in the sand. I’d had a shite enough day as it was but to find myself wandering into a square adorning the title of a woman who had stolen my milk; well. It wasn’t that I couldn’t believe it, because I could. Nothing surprises me when it comes to the memorialisation of war mongering and authoritarianism in Madrid.
Officially opened by the unelected PP Mayoress, Ana Botella last year, the plaza sits quite centrally on Paseo de Castellano which is flanked by many of the most important government ministries as well as the Bank of Spain itself. Of course there is nothing quite like a relaxing cup of cafe con leche in Plaza Major but Plaza de Margaret Thatcher sits right in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Put you right off your pinchos so it would.
This year’s local elections saw Ana Botella getting the boot and the ‘Ahora Madrid’ brand of Podemos elected with new progressive Mayoress Manuela Carmena installed in her place. Podemos are unhappy with a woman “who enslaved the workers’ movement” having a prime spot in the city and have today pledged to rename the square .