Ana: there is no real democracy in Spain

For the second comment in the my readers say section, let me introduce you to my friend and student Ana and her vision of Spanish politics from the point of view of a young 24 year-old girl who no longer believes in the Spanish political system that has existed since the transition and who is skeptical of the promises made by the two biggest political parties.

Ana: there is no real democracy in Spain

Well, first of all, let me say that I don’t really have much of an idea about politics, the economy or CDS spreads; I know it’s all there somewhere, and that it’s important, but unfortunately it’s something which doesn’t really interest me because I think that the democracy they speak of in Spain doesn’t really exist.

In my opinion, we should be able to vote on every and all types of change they want to make in our country: that would be true democracy.

Firstly, I would like to say that I absolutely do not agree with the bipartisan nature of politics in Spain, and that I’m tired of the promises they never keep and the ideas that remain just that, ideas, so that they can win us over with, well, JUST WORDS.

We should give more opportunities to minority parties; it’s clear that historically both the PP and the PSOE have let us down: should we not at least chasten them? WE NEED CHANGE NOW!

I think that, in Spain, the only important thing is money, but not well-managed money so that the country can evolve, so that we can get out of this crisis, so that we can invest in big projects; no, unfortunately that’s not the economic vision we have.

Do you wonder why the previous government made so many cuts which didn’t affect them? Why not? Are they not workers just like any other Spaniard? Do they really need so many cars to get to work? I often walk or take the bus and nothing bad has happened to me so far…

Anyway…I don’t know if this change of government will be for the best. Obviously we needed a change, the socialists were just having a laugh with us in the end, but will the PP really get us out of this mesS?

Let’s hope that it’s more than just words and that they actually do something, because we need them to. Let’s hope that this government works hard, that it knows how to recognise what we need and that it starts to make changes straight away.

I, thank goodness, have a job, but most young people don’t, and that is quite frustrating, especially when you’ve studied for several degrees, speak several languages and have slogged away to train for whatever you wanted to be in the future.

I must add that we cannot only concentrate on young people, although they are one of the most affected sectors of course. What about old people? They have suffered as well during the recession with their pensions, they have seen their standard of living drop because of the crisis and I really believe that they—and there are more of them every day—don’t deserve it: they have struggled hard for many years to keep our country going.

Obviously everyone here is suffering because of this crisis in one way or another; I would just ask Mariano Rajoy to get properly involved and stay above board. It’s time someone got us back on our feet. Despite not liking either the PP or Mariano Rajoy, I think everyone deserves a chance. Will Mr. Rajoy make the most of his?

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  • Andrew

    On one thing you are so right – bipolar politics is, long term, bad news. I’m an economic liberal and a social liberal – I want less Government and less intrusion in my personal choices. So PSOE is closer to my social stance and PP to my economic stance.

    However we all have to accept that most Western countries are living beyond their means so it is necessary that we have to be worse off for some years. Borrowing money to pay back money you have already borrowed will eventually lead us down a black hole.

    Sharing the pain fairly has to be balanced with preserving an economic infrastructure. I’m not sure Rajoy will suceed against the vested interest in Spain – as the british say – turkeys don’t vote for christmas!

  • Basque-Spaniard

    For my, there is a true democracy. Because I can vote what I want. Andrew sorry but I have to say that PP and PSOE are very different. When PP is in the government the president choose the best in ministeries, in other words, first the curriculums then friendship. But if the PSOE is in the government first is the friendship to choose the ministeries. I´m not liberal I´m socialist but the socialist party is horrible in economic issues.
    Economy: don´t spend more than we have and labour reforms. Consecuences: Superavit , employment and less public debt.
    Economy: spend more than we have to move the economy. Consecuences:
    Deficit, unemployment and more public debt.

    PP: 1996 to 2004. Superavit, economy growth, the unemployment nearly 10% , public debt on 31%
    PSOE: 2004 to 2011. Between 2004-2008, thanks to the superavit the unemplyment in 6%, public debt 31% but increase the social spends without doing reforms. 2008-2011: The superavit dissapeared, because of the social spend and the fall of GDP (deficit 4%). Solution: Increase the spend to move the economy and labour reforms incompleted and late. Consecuences: Deficit in 11%, public debt on 63%, and unemployment in 22%.
    PP: 2011-… Recover the superavit reducing the deficit Reducing social spends and privating companies. Complete the labour reforms to recover the employment.