To Vote or Not to Vote


Paul Jacko

Spanish general elections are due on Sunday the 20th November, 2011. The conservatives, Partida Popular (PP) are expected to win and replace the incumbent socialist government of Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE). The near certainty of defeat of socialist nincompoops has been on the cards for more than a year. There exists significant organised movement urging people not to vote, mainly but not solely clustered around Movimiento de 15 Mayo, an allegedly non-partisan group. It is dangerous enough to be courted by PSOE, by the third largest party Izquierda Unida (United Left) and others.

Beside Movimiento in the loose dirty dozen there are congregations like Democracia Real Ya, (Real democracy now) Anonymous, Nolesvotes and Escaños en Blanco (White seats) which is a party whose candidates promised not to take their seat in the Senate and importantly, not to take any Senate remuneration. If they win any seats, we will see whether they turn out as our former independents Wilson and Oakeshott or whether they will honour election promises. The groups have produced a mocking electoral poster “vota chorizo” (chorizo is also a slang for thief).

Is all that a genuine, grass level foment to improve the democratic system or has it sprung to existence simply because the conservatives are almost certain to win? Or is it a strategic plan by those stalwart defenders of people’s power such like Saudi Arabia or Putin’s Russia? It would be unlikely that the Chinese money are behind it, for they prefer to buy the already elected representatives directly. They like honest politicians, that is those who once bought, stay bought.

If sufficient number of voters abstain or vote en blanco (white, in the meaning none of the above), the socialists would be able to claim that PP does not have the mandate, especially not for any necessary austerity reforms. A wide field would be opened for strikes, demonstrations, “occupations” and other socialist pressure tactics. Of course, PP victory is by no means guaranteed. Some scandal could yet be manufactured by the Left as is their custom. Perhaps a rape, child sex, racist remark, homosexual remark, islam remark, misappropriated money? The potential list is long and so is a list of candidates for a short term publicity and long term financial rewards.

To vote then or not to vote, that is an academic question. For the Spaniards it may be the last opportunity, a memory which their grandchildren may cherish. After all, whether it would be Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba of Partido Socialista Obrero Español or Mariano Rajoy of Partida Popular, either is unlikely to last to the end of his term. If not obedient enough, elected politician would be replaced. The euro-precedents already exists. The Eurokomissars will find for Iberian Peninsula a suitable Europrotektor, preferably Goldman Sachs or World Bank trained.


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About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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