Juan Antonio Palacios: Confrontations & Agreements
We all have the ability to learn from our experiences; to be flexible in our actions and to change the relationship we have with ourselves as well as others. We know very well that metaphors are not only verbal – like the ones we writers and columnists use – but they can be found in every aspect of our lives.
Believe me, dear readers; we are living in a period in the democratic history of Spain that is not easy to understand, no matter how much imagination and creativity we put into it. It’s proven quite a challenge for psychologists and psychoanalysts.
In the national political sphere, we have gone from a two-party system to a multi-party system centred around five political forces and two dominating blocks, one on the right and the other on the left.
We no longer share ideas democratically at a national level, instead we have a tendency to confront each other on every level. It’s difficult to find common ground with those who hold a different opinion, and it is relatively easy for us to shy away from anyone with opposing opinions and make them out to be our adversaries. It’s that dogmatic attitude of “My opinion is the correct one, and how could you think otherwise?”
Given the results of the April 28th Spanish General Elections and assessing the pitfalls, we imagined that things were going to be less complicated; that the formation of a progressive, stable government was indeed possible.
That is, when the numbers did not offer the possibility of an alternative, as it happened in autonomous communities and municipalities in which the right has been able to get the necessary support, and the PP, Ciudadanos and Vox have combined their votes.
If Podemos had not made a mess of what should have been clear, or become entangled in lengthy disputes, personalisms, tensions and lies, and had instead placed the interests of citizens above those of private individuals, “otro gallo cantaría” (another cock would have crowed)as the poem by Chicho Sánchez Ferroso goes, which was beautifully put to music by Paco Ibáñez.
When we voted, we did not give anyone a sufficient majority but a mandate, so that they would not play us for fools. We forced them to speak, to establish a dialogue and reach agreements, to be open and generous so that we would all feel represented.
But you kept your stubborn way, with your seats, your little fights, your arrogance and by taking us for twits. In the end, nonsense rules. Pablo Iglesias repeated the same game as he did in 2016. His strategy has prevented the installation of a socialist president, Pedro Sánchez.
They have not understood a thing, and still don’t measure up; they don’t know how to do POLITICS, in capital letters, and are anchored daily in their junk-throwing tactics. What a shame!
In theory, there is still time until the September 23rd deadline; otherwise, General Elections will be automatically called by November 10th. We have many questions, but I would like to highlight two of them: Are there so many fundamental differences between PSOE and Unidas Podemos?
Will it be possible to resume dialogue by placing the interests of the citizen above the personal ambitions of Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero?
The answer is complicated because, so far, emotions, confrontations and blockades have been imposed on reasoning, negotiations and agreements.