Some members of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) are said to concerned by the weekend victory of Jordi Hereu in the primary elections held to decide who will represent the party in the upcoming municipal elections in Barcelona (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Hereu stood against former Generalitat minister Montserrat Turà (who is not a Barcelona resident, making her campaign more difficult) in the vote that was held amongst party members and sympathisers living in Barcelona. In recent months, some within the upper echelons of the PSC have been concerned by opinion polls that suggest that with Hereu (the current mayor of Barcelona) as candidate, the party is likely to lose seats in the council elections taking place on May 22nd. News of Hereu's triumph on Saturday brought forth reactions including "uneasiness" and "navigation without a destination" amongst some key members of the party who admitted that the process was badly dealt with from the outset by the first secretary of the PSC, José Montilla; he acted late and without time to force Hereu to step aside. The primaries were an attempt at saving the mayorship of Barcelona—which is seen as very difficult to retain—and the defeat of Montserrat Turà is viewed as a double blow. First, because she was seen as having much better chances that Hereu at winning votes in the elections, and secondly because Montilla is regarded as having lost touch with Hereu.
More than a million Spaniards are watching television when the majority of us are asleep (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). That is one of the findings of research by Barlovento using data from Kantar; it discovered that in the slot from 2.30am to 6am, there was an average of 1.03 million people watching TV in Spain. Surprisingly, of these, around 17,000 are children aged between four and 12 years old, with around 2,000 of these living in Catalunya. Another interesting finding was that the channels with the greatest viewership at this time are paid-for channels, which take 14.4 percent of the audience. Most of the other channels are offering phone-in shows of competitions and tarot readings during this time slot, which are showing signs of running out of steam. Many general channels say they are looking for alternatives to broadcast in the early hours.
Twenty provinces in Spain, including Lleida, Tarragona and Girona, are on alert today in the expectation of high winds that could reach up to 80 kilometres an hour (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The Spanish Meteorological Agency (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología) has put some of these provinces on orange alert (significant risk), while others, including those in Catalunya, are on yellow alert (risk) in the face of predicted bad weather.