Well, not much of a surprise but Spain seems to have gone for another right-wing government, yet again the Partido Popular (PP) is in power.
When we first moved to Spain, the PP was in charge under Jose Maria Aznar. But people didn't like the American alliance decision to invade Iraq, the horrific bombings in Madrid in 2004, and suddenly the PSOE (a left-wing party) was in power.
There are some things about the PSOE term that reminded me of the first idealistic terms of the Blair government in the UK. Not least, Zapatero was determined to make his cabinet equally balanced between women and men. How many other countries have ever done that?
He did pull the Spanish troops out of war zones that the local population did not want to support.
To remind you all, Zapatero's grandfather, who fought on the Republican side, was slain by Franco's soldiers during the first weeks of the war. Can you imagine living with that and not trying to do something about it?
Our neighbour's father was killed in the far north of Spain, in the prison in Oviedo, and she still cries on the anniversary of his death. After that, she spent her youth picking beans in the field. She still can't read and write. What a great legacy Franco.
Her husband's younger brother was killed aged 21. In a gunfire fight between - who knew who was who, and on what side? These memories continue on, but perhaps for not so much longer.
Just thought I would add a few points about the Civil War in case anyone hasn't heard about it.
But was it really Zapatero's fault that the world economy crashed and Spain's did too?
Come on Spaniards. The world is in a recession and has been for some time. Know why? Ever heard of American bankers?? Spain is a bit player in the world economy. Just like most of us.
The most surprising thing about this Spanish election though, is that the PSOE was kicked out of Andalucia. As most of us know, Andalucia is the home of poverty, peasants, subsistence agriculture, and communism. No longer it seems. It is now the home of people who don't believe the socialists can do anything for them and they need to look to the right-wing party.
Hell, there ain't no construction, there ain't no great house sales, there ain't no tourism, and there ain't much else tanpoco in Andalucia.
But, things are looking good for Spaniards because it seems that all those who voted for the PP now expect a job. Yeah, right.
Because to me, Rajoy's austerity measures don't sound like more jobs for anyone.
En sus suenos.
And next up, Gibraltar elections.
Oh and as a total sideline. I recite a tale from my rather capitalist/conservative/right wing parents.
They so loved it when a labour (ie left-wing) government was in power. Why? Because there was more employment, and more money to go around. So more money for people to spend with them.
You all vote right wing if you want. You will have no job, no money, and you have no conscience. Be it on your own head.
Not such a sideline. Think carefully before you vote in Gibraltar if you want a job.
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