Sir, King Juan Carlos (”Abdication is the king’s final gift to a grateful Spain”, Comment, June 5) has wisely taken a step to revitalise the tarnished monarchy by handing over to his son. Dubbed “Juan Carlos el Breve” (Juan Carlos the Brief) and “Juan Carlos el Tonto” (Juan Carlos the Stupid) by the Communists after General Franco appointed him his successor (in 1969), the king surprised everyone and reigned for almost 40 years.
When I met him in 1977, he told a joke against himself. “Why was I crowned in a submarine? Because deep down I am not so stupid.” Once again, he has shown how true this is.
The king has made his move; now the widely discredited political class needs to regain the country’s confidence.