I honestly don’t know how I feel about the elections on Sunday…..
Spain has a tradition: whoever wins the municipal elections, wins the generals. This would mean that by next year PSOE and Zapatero could be out. Nice.
On the other hand, there are three things that worry me, a lot:
- The difference between PP and PSOE hasn’t really been “that” big –they have increased votes in some areas but decreased in others. I guess, we Spaniards have still to work through a lot of stuff from the past. Meaning: if you vote PSOE you are a leftist (rojo, comunista, etc) and if you vote for PP you are a fascist (facha, pro Franco, dictador, etc). Therefore, many people who have always voted left will keep on voting left and the ones who have always voted right will keep on voting right –without giving any thought to the ideas they are voting for and what those parties represent. There seem to be two extremes and people are very scared of name-calling.
- The fact that the terrorist have won in 17 municipios. Isn’t that a big win?. I guess the reason is because half these people support ETA and the other half is just scared to death. If this split is 50/50 I am not sure. I would definitely hope it has more to do with number 2 than with number 1.
- And finally, the huge amount of people who have decided not to vote. To me, this is almost the worst part of it all… If things are going so bad (and yes, admit it, they are) and people are not voting: what is going on in this country? Why do you prefer to watch the Formula 1 race and go to the bar for a beer, instead of making your voice heard out there?
Go and read the rest. Thymoumai is also an Spanish blogger writing in English. A marvellous perspective…
By the way: the Socialist candidate in Madrid, Rafael Simancas, has already announced he will not present himself again. The re-elected President of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has said that he was a very honorable candidate but that he has had very little help from the Nation’s Government.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007: Autonomous Communities’ results.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007: Alea jacta est.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007 (part 4): more corruption, more violence and terrorism.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007 (part 3): more violence and ANV.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007 (part 2): agressions on PP members.
- Spanish Elections Watch 2007.
- Corrupsoe reloaded (part 2): Sebastián, socialist candidate to Madrid’s Majorship.
- Corrupsoe reloaded (part 1): Ibiza connection and Arenillas.