Four more years

Zapatero will be again the President of Spain. We can be happy as a victory of the Popular Party would have been an insult to the intelligence and a pure tragedy for the international reputation of Spain. We’ll manage to get through Rodolfo Chikilicuatre as our contestant for Eurovision, but Mariano Rajoy as the new Prime Minister would have been way too much, neither Rajoy nor his team deserved to win.

On the other hand, it seems that the coward terrorist attack on Friday didn’t get much influence on the results. Unlike 2004, the socialists have no footnotes accompanying their victory; therefore I’d love to see a deep transformation within the conservative party — we do need a decent opposition for a better government. It’d be great as well to see improvements in the next socialist administration. Zapatero, you have a second chance, please, esta vez sí, don’t let us down.

Taking decisions

It’s official! Some days ago I got the documents from Granada saying that I’m no longer registered there but in the Consulate. For the first time in my life I moved my residency, abroad… alright, now I feel a bit dizzy. I did it because we have general elections in Spain in a few months –March– and I wanted to be sure I can vote (being registered in the local Consulate is the easiest way to do postal voting).

Today in spite of being (again) a rainy day I felt like taking decisions. For example, I decided the party I’m going to vote in three months time. At the beginning I thought: “How the hell can I decide that now? OK, let’s try to go for simple reasons“. What about this one? It tends to be useful to judge people (and so political parties) by the things they do and not by the things they say; don’t ask me why but it works. And they had four years for doing their job, each party in its role, government and opposition. From here to March we’re going to have just electoral campaign, mainly the time of words (promises, promises and more promises). Just words!

Maybe it isn’t that crazy after all. Today we all should hold on for a second and say to ourselves: “Hey, we can decide the vote now, we actually have all the elements we need to decide“. A quick look at the list of political parties in Spain shows that although we don’t have a pure two-party system, we’re close to it (or at least this is the way I feel it). I don’t consider myself nationalist or regionalist, and therefore, I only have three real options (in alphabetical order): Popular Party (right-wing/conservative), Socialist Party (social-democratic) and United Left (let’s say green euro-communist). The rest of the parties either aren’t national or are minor parties, in the sense that they don’t have a thorough program.

The incongruence of the big political parties drove me several times in the past to vote for the United Left. Also incongruent, but less then the others. They used to have a clear and pure message, close to my ideas and, yes, charismatic leaders. Used to have. Now it’s a political chaos with tremendous internal fights. I don’t see, as before, the program as the central issue. Let’s rule them out of the list.

I know it’s scary but in the end we have to decide between two: the Popular Party or the Socialist Party. [Parties: I don’t think this is about Rajoy or Zapatero. You may have your opinion about their personalities and ideas, and I bet you have them, but I don’t consider that it can definitely decide anything.] During the last four years I kept a kind of mental record, while I was reading the news I was saying to myself: this is wrong, this is right (meaning a point or anti-point for the corresponding party). Perhaps I should have done a deeper political analysis but sometimes life is easy!

And now I look back and see a pretty clear picture. Both parties have made a long list of mistakes and good choices but, ops, it’s not balanced by any means. The Socialist Government has been a true government, pushing forward several important proposals, some of them really brave, some of them absolute failures (and sometimes they’ve even recognized it). However, the opposition of the Popular Party has been fundamentally non-constructive. They have used terrorism as a political weapon, and I can barely remember a sound positive contribution to any political agreement. I will not reward unfair playing. Any doubt which party I’ll go for?