Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spaniards lose patience with rotten institutions

When a corruption scandal hit Spain's ruling party earlier this year, attention turned to the Accounts Tribunal, an obscure body that audits public spending.

Surely this independent institution, with an annual budget of $78 million and 800 workers, could shed light on allegations in the media that a former treasurer for the People's Party had run a slush fund from party headquarters.

It soon emerged, however, that the watchdog lacked teeth.