In the last couple of nights we have watched two main debates. One for Spain, with the main candidates for presidency (all men, and only one real democrat, Mr Pablo Iglesias), and another one with the candidates from the province of Barcelona to the Spanish parliament (at least in this one there were 4 men and 4 women, total equality, though half of the girls are actually twisted-minded “Barbies”).
For those voting in the real Spain, I mean the people from Madrid, Castilla, Andalucía, Extremadura, and the rest, the options presented, with the exception of Unidas Podemos. They can choose from super fascist (VOX), to moderately fascist (Partido Popular), to we-are-only-fascist-with-the-Catalan-independence-supporters (Ciutadans), to socialist sold-up to power and thus acting as bad as the facist (PSOE). Except Mr. Pablo Iglesias, all want to illegalize parties supporting any type of “secessionist” movement and any potential referendum for independence. Which not only actually takes away the right for the nations of Spain for self-determination, but goes actually against the Letter of Human Rights which Spain undersigned when becoming member of the UNO and the CE.
While in Germany all political parties supporting fascist and Nazis ideals are completely banned, in Spain VOX is not only legalized party, as well as the famous pro-Franco Falange, but has been allowed to intervene as part of the accusers to a the unfair trial towards Catalan politicians and has arrived to the Spanish parliament too. I honestly pity those Spanish that do have common sense and education and have only one option or not going to vote.
Yet, I’m in Barcelona, and I will not be voting for any of these Spanish guys, but for the n.1s of all political parties that present themselves to the Spanish parliament and the Senate. In the past few years we used to have a clear block: one the “unionists” and the other the “independentists”, and the middle En Comú/Unides podem coalition. Now these two blocks have polarized: at the two extremes we find the girls from CUP (Ingobernables) at one side, and the despicable VOX at the other that for the first time dares to bring a candidate at a Catalan province. I really hope they get nothing from here, but when I see some people down the street, I come to think it may be inevitable.
The girls from CUP are brave but disorganized. I love their values, they stand for anti-capitalistic, feminist, super social ideals, but yesterday in the debate on TV they showed they had not done their homework and they do not have a good rhetoric.
In the more moderate left area, we find the guys from En Comú/Unides Podem (they have the major of Barcelona sit with Miss Ada Colau), the are also up to social and ecological issues and though they are against the Spanish repression and belief in the idea of a self-determination referendum, some of them would actually rather stay in Spain. In their defense they intend to improve Spain to the better, but they are not having enough representation to make that happen.
JuntsxCatalunya and ERC are obviously the two parties in the center supporting independence. The first one is a coalition with PdCAT (former Convergència, super right wing party in Catalonia lead by Mr Jordi Pujol), combined with people who come out of the politics (singers, writers, journalists, lawyers coming from Òminum or from the National Catalan Assembly), which makes it all less right wing and more social. ERC, the traditional party whose ultimate purpose has always been independence but have not done much in the first 20 years after Franco died. Mr. Gabriel Rufian has shown better rhetoric during the discourse and I really liked his coolness, even when he was false accused by the radicals.
And at the other side we have the other 3 Spanish parties, Partido Popular, Partido Socialista, Ciutadans. Though the latter is originally from Catalonia (it actually was born as a reaction against the people supporting independence back in 2010/2012, and lives basically feeds from the conflict), they have a clear centralized Spanish identity. I must admit, though, that with the exception of the Catalonia topic, their claims seem sensible, yet they do not provide a sense of trustworthiness. Needless to say that I prefer Miss Inés Arrimades, who at least knows how to speak Catalan because she went to school here, than the pro-Nazi Argentinian witch pretending to look like Barbie.
For PSC we were expecting Miss Meritxell Batet, who is an actual Spanish minister at the moment, but she was sick, so a man came instead. If she had gone to the debate, there would have been a majority of women candidates for the first time in the history of Catalonia. Plus, the discourse and rhetortic of M.Batet are much much better than the guy who had to substitute her, she would have probably been more convincing to the Catalan audience, so bless the flu responsible of she missing the debate, no?
We are just a few days for the election day and the polls show not much is going to change and that probably these Spanish elections have served for nothing because things will be as chaotic as before.
And for as long as PSOE/PSC denies to let the true left wing parties into government and allies with the nationalist parties from Catalonia, Basque country and Valencia -which would force him to finally dialogue with all political actors, including the representatives for the Catalan government and pro-independence parties, who he has denied to talked to, even during his visit to Barcelona last week. He visited a policeman who had been hurt in the confrontations due to the police abuse, but he forgot to talk to any body else relevant.