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Party Political Quarrels

As much as I would like it, a daily blog anywhere in Spain cannot ignore the fact that General Elections will be held here in Mallorca and up and down the Spanish nation next Sunday, November 20th. This blog is not a political platform, but, how does one dissociate oneself from the reverberations of the deeds of our political representatives if and when we are all surrounded by their ripples as soon as we go out of our front door, or, even before leaving our house.

It is my opinion that it won’t make the slightest difference here in Spain whether the current opposition party, PP, gains the majority in the two Spanish houses (Congreso de los Diputados [Congress, or Lower House] and Senado [Senate, or Upper House]) next Sunday, as is widely predicted. In my mind, the crisis is not what it seems and cannot be addressed with the traditional tools of the professionals of the political breed. Both main candidates, Mariano Rajoy Brey and Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, are dinosaurs who stand for yesteryear and represent the old way of thinking, and neither of them, it is my firm belief, stands the slightest chance of sorting out the current dilemmas, the way things stand.

It would appear as though the biggest group of voters will not cast their vote, here in Spain, come N-20. Non-Voters may not represent as much as 50 % of all eligible voters, but, neither will the Spanish Conservatives, nor the still ruling Socialist Party. Voters, here and pretty much everywhere in Europe, are sick and tired of most of their political representatives and their meaningless promises of more employment, more prosperity and less hardship, when they should bloody well know that decisions effecting the average Spaniard are not made in Madrid, but rather, in New York, Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Brasilia, Moscow, Zurich, Hong Kong and Washington. I see no crisis of the European Union as a major economic player. I see no crisis of the Euro as the official currency of the Eurozone with its 17 member states. I rather see a significant crisis of the international financial system, an imminent collapse of the current banking system, the problem of the continuing North-South divide, and the absence of courage by most of our politicians of whichever brand and orientation to call things by their real names. I see a structural crisis and I very much see a psychological crisis.

What we need, I advocate, is rather some thinking outside of the box, some vision, some courage, none of which we will get next Sunday here in Spain.

P. S. I am sorry I used the photo of an image defacing the PSOE party with a Nazi emblem. I do not condone the graffiti artist’s intentions.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 12th, 2011. The time was 12:14:25.

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  1. The channelling of the anger, the indignation and the radicalisation of the last year into support for a political force which can change society, is the decisive task for the left. Izquierda Unida (IU, ‘United Left), the most substantial left force in the state, is set to take an important step forward in the elections. Most opinion polls put its vote at between 7% and 9%, potentially almost tripling its 2008 vote, going from 2 to at least 8 MPs and winning its own parliamentary group. And this is despite an electoral law which favours the 2-party system, without which analysts say the IU would win 21 MPs, with the same number of votes! The increase in the IU vote is a result of the economic crisis, and the class anger against the bankers and markets. However, it is also a product of a certain shift to the left within the IU itself, with a new leadership having replaced Gaspar Llamazares’ right-wing of the alliance, giving a far clearer expression to this anger. While four years ago IU posters would have slogans like “green solutions”, “for social politics” etc, this time you can see them with “Rebel! Democracy versus markets”, and a more radical and militant profile. IU’s election programme defends the nationalisation of the banks and strategic sectors of the economy, massive investment in jobs and industry, the shortening of the working week, and retirement age which are essential parts of a revolutionary socialist programme defended by the CWI.

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