Once more, Tania; no matter where we go, Tania; the link between Tania Sánchez and Miguel Vila, and the internal crisis of Podemos Madrid has been taking place for quite a while, even though it hasn’t been discovered until now after seeing the party’s movements, step by step. As El Mundo already told us, the increase in power of the member of parliament and Pablo Iglesias’ ex could have played a crucial role in the dispute for Madrid: Sánchez built unitary candidacies in several of Madrid’s townships with the OK of Podemos and accumulated a great deal of internal power with Podemos’ number two in Madrid, and now member of parliament, Miguel Vila.
The internal crisis of Podemos Madrid -now a national one- is on all the country’s headlines, but all of them seem obsessed by Tania: mentioning the member of parliament as villain and making references to her power have made her a trending topic, and she has been the target of severe criticism on Twitter. The epithet “Podemos’ Yoko Ono” crystalized in the media, again, with huge success.
The role of women in the political and economic spheres has always fascinated the world’s press, forever. It doesn’t matter what is their actual role -in the case of Sánchez, a remarkable political career and more than tested power within her party-, the tale always requires their role to be a destructive one. After many jokes on Twitter and all the gossip at the parliament, the juicy story has obviously become very interesting for the general public: a contemporary Lady Macbeth, ready to do anything to gain control, jeopardises everything surrounding her.
Is this a new story? Not at all! Throughout the decades we have contemplated different cases in which the Helens of Troy of the economic and political spheres were the main subject of news pages and pages and even became literary muses. Because reality is larger than fiction, let’s have a closer look at previous Bilderberg Club Yoko Onos:
AND THE CANADIAN
Before Justin Trudeau seduced the Canadian electorate and became their prime minister, there came his mother. Few women have had such a notorious public life as the wife of Pierre Trudeau, Canadian first minister and founder of modern Canada. At eighteen, in 1968, Margaret Sinclair met Pierre Trudeau, twenty-nine years her senior, and they got married soon after. The first lady’s life, at twenty-two, was closely observed from the beginning, and she made sure to give the press something to chew. In the years of the Trudeau marriage, Margaret bootlegged drugs in the primer minister’s luggage, sexily appeared in Studio 54 and destroyed a work of art by Canadian conceptual artist Joyce Wieland, which hung from the prime minister’s residence wall in Ottawa, because it celebrated “reason over passion”. Her crushed with several members of the Rolling Stones (Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger), an interview with Playboy in which she confessed she’d had an abortion -at a time when it wasn’t legal in her country-, her miniskirt when visiting the White House… It’s difficult to distinguish which of them was the most subversive of all, but they were, without a doubt. After getting divorced in 1977, legend says that Margaret Trudeau celebrated the defeat of Pierre’s Liberal Party in the 1979 elections dancing in a Studio 54 cabaret.
NEWS CORP AND
Should this story be adapted to fiction, no one would believe it. Born in a Chinese family of engineers, Deng Wenge (later, Wendi Deng) grew up in the polluted city of Xuzhou, in a house with no hot water and where food was scarce. At eighteen, while she studied to become a doctor, she met business man Jack Cherry and his wife Joyce, who offered to help her to learn English and sponsored her moving to the US. A little while later, Jack left his wife for Wendi and they got married. After getting her visa to live in the US, Deng left Cherry for a colleague from the Economics faculty and enrolled in a master’s degree in Yale. Deng specialised in macro economy and got a summer internship in Star TV, Hong Kong, part of the News Corp group owned by tycoon and multi-millionaire Rupert Murdoch. After leaving the whole company flabbergasted, she seduced Murdoch himself as well, whose main goal was expanding his business in China. Two weeks after he met her, he left his wife and they got married. Wendi Deng became director of the holding that authorised the creation of the MySpace brand in China and, at he same time, was head of the operation. Murdoch bought the company for 580 million dollars, but was dragged by the Facebook hurricane: he had to sell it for 35 millions in 2011. According to Vanity Fair, Wendi had an affair with Tony Blair soon after, which rushed her divorce from Murdoch in 2014.
Wendi Deng with Rupert Murdoch: tonite we have a photocall
MARTA CHÁVARRI AND FCC
The eighties in Spain will be remembered in Spain by several scandals, but in particular for one look: the one sported by Marta Chávarri Figueroa, daughter of a diplomat and great granddaughter of the count of Romanones. Blond streaks, suede jacket and a Marbella tan turned Chávarri into the first Spanish it girl. Married in 1982 to Fernando Falcó y Fernández de Córdova, marquis of Cubas, she made it to the headlines for her affair with Alberto Cortina, CEO of Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) and husband of multimillionaire Alicia Koplowitz. Up to here, the tabloid story, but now, the economic one: Alberto Cortina renounced his position in one of the greatest European infrastructure and public services conglomerates, both when it comes to revenues as to profitability. At the moment of the scandal, it was the second fastest-growing company of Spain in the building sector.
AND THE PSOE
Before Mario Vargas Llosa started talking about Podemos and Venezuela, before she appeared on ¡Hola!, before she cited Margaret Thatcher as an exemplary politician, Preysler had already been in touch with power thanks to a romance that put her in the eye of the parliament. After meeting the Minister of Economy Miguel Boyer in 1982 through her husband, the marquis of Griñón, she started an affaire with him that would become public in less than three years. Boyer left his wife in 1985 and initiated a relationship with Preysler, something that limited his political career. The economist, whom had a promising future according to the most moderate side of the party, abandoned his ministry in 1985 after unsuccessfully demanding the economic vice-presidency. The politician’s environment took for granted that his romance with the papier couché queen hadn’t been very positive for his career. Three years later, Isabel Preysler married Boyer, then president of the Banco Exterior de España.
AND HOLLINGER INTERNATIONAL
Journalist and socialite Barbara Amiel belongs to the select club of first, second and third wives of great tycoons, and is a media force in her own right. She wrote for The Times, The Sunday Times and was a popular TV figure before meeting British press mogul Conrad Black. Lady Black, as she became known after her marriage, became an extravagant and dogmatic lover of luxury. In an interview with Amiel published by Vogue she showed the innumerable amount of dressing rooms, shoe and jewellery collections. The interview was the trigger that made Hollinger International, of which Conrad Black was CEO, sued the couple and other executives for 1,200 million dollars. Black was condemned for fraud to the company and spent four years in prison. Amiel inspired the character of Zenia on Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride.