King Juan Carlos has just celebrated his saint's day--Saint John's--amid
demonstrations of public affection. He has a little more power than Queen
Mary of Britain, except that he may preside over cabinet sessions. His
speeches are prepared for him by the government, which controls all his
official movements. It is significant that, shortly after the ceremony at
the house near Granada where Garcia Lorca was born, King Juan Carlos went
to Malaga to unveil a plaque on the house where Picasso was born. There was
no mention of the leftist politics of these and others likewise honored.
There is silence about conservative artists and men like Ortega y Gasset
and Salvador de Madariaga who represented the Spanish republic at its best.
It looks as if the government of Jose Maria Aznar does not wish to annoy
the potentially volatile left. Franco won the civil war, but he has lost
the present peace.