Giles Tremlett

Giles Tremlett is a fellow of the Cañada Blanch Centre at the LSE and the author of several books, including Ghosts of Spain: Travels through a Country’s Hidden Past and Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen, which will be reviewed in a future issue of the LRB by Thomas Penn.

Short Cuts: The Catalan Referendum

Giles Tremlett, 5 October 2017

Neither side is backing down. As I write, the police are raiding Catalan government offices, confiscating voting cards and arresting separatist politicians. Anyone called up to oversee voting centres will be wondering whether it is illegal to do so, or illegal not to.

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