Some voted, some not

Paul Jacko

The way our media are reporting (or not reporting) ideologically unsuitable news could mean that some people may not even know that  last Sunday the mildly conservative party won the general elections in Spain, not to mention the fact that the socialists there suffered their worst electoral defeat in 23 years. Partido Popular (PP) received almost 11 million votes, the socialist Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) almost 7 million and the third largest party Izquierda Unida (United Left) about 1.7 million. What could be to some extent disconcerting is that almost 11 million voters abstained, spoiled their ballot papers or voted en blanco (none of the above). It is not necessarily surprising; Spanish politicians are just as slippery* as ours and the electorates everywhere are heartily sick of them. Dishonesty, venality, incompetence and immorality of the elected representatives which is overlooked during good or even tolerable economic times, will became a trigger for a massive discontent (in my opinion, 11 million people from the total population of 46 million** is a lot) and excuse for a louder and louder clamour by the totalitarians of green, brown and red hues for the absolutely necessary “enlightened” world government. The European Union in last few weeks already established modern, XXI century precedents. Democracy is ‘slip sliding away’ all over the world.

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*/ see Peter Slipper MP, ex- LibNat and a momentary darling of the Australian Labor Party.

**/ It is actually even better, because out of those 46 million, six million are foreigners and one should also subtract another five million of people who are bellow the voting age of 18, thus leaving approximately 35 million voters. That means that almost every third Spaniard had it up to here with politicians.

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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One Response to Some voted, some not

  1. rosencrantz says:

    The democracy is indeed ‘gillardingly slippery’, but in New Zealand elections yesterday the Labour Party suffered its worst result since 1996 – 27%. Could New Zealanders be smarter than Australians?

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