SPAIN: Year of Peace

Every house in Madrid last week displayed either the flag of Nationalist Spain or a picture of Francisco Franco, or both. Along the broad, tree-lined Gran Via and the busy Calle de Alcala leading to the Puerta del Sol, from new flagpoles fluttered thousands of the red-&-gold flags, flanked by the emblems of Spain's single Fascist party, the Falange Espanola, and of the traditionalist Requetés. Each pole bore the single word: Paz.

For a fortnight Spain and its tubby little Caudillo had been working up to a celebration of the first anniversary of...

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