Democracy in action
Indeed, there is much to celebrate.
On 15 June 1977, Spaniards went to the polls for the first time in more than four decades to freely elect their own government.
And talk about free and fair elections: voters had more than 100 different political parties to chose from, including the then just-legalised Communists.
But at the same time as the celebrations are taking place in Madrid, representatives of the current, democratically-elected Spanish government are in Brussels busily lobbying other European Union members to “normalise” relations with the Castro regime, as you can read here.
Which begs the question: why would anyone who celebrates and supposedly defends democracy want to cosy up to a decaying and inherently corrupt dictatorship that has denied Cubans the same rights to free and fair elections for close to 50 years?
It seems that as far as some in Madrid are concerned, what is good for Spaniards is far, far too good for Cubans.