After already hailing the €100 billion bank bailout as a ‘victory for Spain’, Spanish Prime Minister Mario Rajoy went a step further and announced a week long national holiday and a victory parade.
An ebullient Rajoy deflected criticism that perhaps declaring a national holiday might upset Spain’s creditors: “Although we have won the World Cup we have never cracked anything really big like a World War. It’s like winning Euromillions loads and loads of times – and who turns up to work after winning the lottery?”
Spanish workers were predictably excited by the announcement with office worker Manuel Cerra declaring “wonderful news!” after awakening from his siesta. “Don’t tell Merkel!” quipped Juan Carlos to an undercover German television reporter.
Details of Saturday’s victory parade have yet to be finalised. “We thought of coming up with something really special but in the end couldn’t be arsed” said a government spokesman. “So we will just stick with the traditional drive around with horns blaring.”