Political Unease

In all the years that I have worked for the Gazette I have never made known my personal political preference in local politics concerning the Elecciones Municipales.

However, I will not forgive myself if I do not express my reservations about how politics are evolving in Spain and about the emergence of one particular party.

A new party is sweeping Spain that is a throwback to the 1930s which is tapping into populist feeling and it represents a regression into a dark corner that my parents’ generation believed they had defeated.

These people come to power democratically, prospering where political uncertainty exists, pointing to a scapegoat for all a country’s ills. They say that they want to take us back to better times, make us proud, belonging to a great nation, to a position of strength.

Hitler said that he would expunge the shame of defeat from the Great War, Mussolini spoke of reinstalling the glory of the Roman Empire… But our parents left it too late because these powers could have been defeated at the polls; instead they had to go through five years of bitter war.

On Sunday, if you can and do vote, you can do your part to stop history repeating itself. It doesn’t matter who you vote for as long as you don’t vote for 1930s 2.0.

(Editorial comment: Local elections)

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