I must say that as a citizen of the European Union and living in a supposed advanced country I didn't had too much trouble and my lifestyle wasn't affected at all. I'm living as a low-class young adult from the north of Spain, living in a nearly non-populated rural area and with a lot of problems to have access to any kind and type of services like phone or gas connections.
Recently, in fact yesterday, in Spain we elected a new president, because our former president leave the charge because of the bad government of his political group, the PSOE. As a totally predictable result, the main group of the "right side" as we Spanish say (The political parties from "left side" are the ones who, supposedly, represent the liberal groups and the "right side" on the other hand represents the nationalist and "richer" side of the political affairs. Even being such a simple classification, mainly is how most of the Spanish understands the political parties) won and for the next four years we'll have them as the main governors of the country. I am not pleased with the result because of personal affairs and thoughts, but I'm going to comment the logical part of that displease against the new order in Spain.
For starters, the economic crisis is obviously an orchestrated and over-dramatized opera to the benefit of the corporations. I am not a communist, but let's analyze it. In Spain, the most affected companies because of the economic recession that we suffer widely since 2008 were the small and medium companies. Small business, mostly family and local business, that are now closed because they can't afford the loses of maintain such economic activity with the actual economic panorama. At this point, sounds pretty normal since we are in a worldwide crisis, right? Here comes the part that most of people don't know or doesn't care about.
Most of the big corporations, for not say all of them, had large amount of benefits since the crisis begun. A lot of them too even increased their income since 2008, while the rest of the country just went to hell instead. Here in Spain more than the 20% of the active population (People between 18 and 67 years capable of working) are without work, and in the case of the young people as myself more than the 50% of us can't get a job. During this crisis millions of jobs were "destroyed" while the big corporations like Banco Santander or Telefónica Movistar had benefits counted in hundreds of millions of . At this point you must be thinking that is the result of a better use of their resources. Well, it isn't.
If small companies are simply deleted, only the big corporations remain, with their prices being too competitive and having almost control of the economic system of the country. From my point of view, this economic crisis was caused and forced by them. "Why?" you are probably thinking. In order to take total control of the system you must destroy or assimilate your enemies, and they did the first one. Most of people didn't saw this coming, but the last president of Spain just put the steps to it. His government took some of the worker rights and removed them in order to benefit the big corporations, like easier and cheaper ways to fire a worker, even in days counting all the paperwork. This just leads us to the present days, my friend. Now the PP, the winners of the last elections, come here as the saviors of the country, but traditionally they're from the corporation's side. So what we, the normal people, had left? A very dark future I say. Plus, the PSOE didn't try to win the elections after all. Let me explain.
Here in Spain there is, supposedly, free right to form a political group. That means that with enough signs you can create your own political party with the same rights as the big political parties as PP or PSOE. But, in fact, we practice a blatant bipartidism, or even worse, a chimera of a democratic system. In the USA there is bipartidism, republicans and democrats, for example, but here in Spain they sell us the idea of free choosing of groups, but in fact a vote to some political parties count for more than one. In term of votes, one of the parties that just tried in these last elections had over one million of votes, and other one 900.000 votes. But, the first one just won 9 seats on the senate, but the second one won 15? (Or so, I can't recall exactly the amount of seat on the senate). Democracy? That is not equal, and it isn't democratic. But that, my dear friend and reader, is actually how works Spain. "Spain is different" they try to sell. In more than one way we can understand that phrase now. From this point, we can think that PSOE or PP are the obvious winners on all the elections since their votes count more as the same vote to other parties. With this basis, I can explain why I think the last elections were just a charade.
The PSOE had a wonderful candidate, the ministress of defense, Carmen Chacón, under the government of president Zapatero. She had the guts, the presence and a known face. A lot of people wanted her as the new candidate for the presidency by the side of PSOE, but in a very odd situation, she stepped down to the actual candidate, Rubalcaba. He didn't have the chance to win, so why they did that? Simply, they wanted to lose. When that happened, the PP, leaded by Mariano Rajoy, just had the elections in their hands, they didn't do a small try to win, that clear was their chance. They just
won. And they won with absolute superiority. What could possibly happen if Chacón were the candidate? Probably the PP would be the winner again, but not with this actual and ridiculous absolute victory. They wanted it this way because now they can take control of the country and nobody can say anything against it. They won with so much votes that they can simply offer something to do and it will be done, because most of the government chamber are under their control. Even joining forces none of the other political parties can try a chance to do nothing against them. This is why I think they wanted this result. Simply as they know each other, and the political parties aren't controlled by the people they do as they please. Worst of all, most of the politicians aren't literate people. Heck, even I had more studies than most of them and I didn't complete my career yet
How can this possibly be? Simple, they are people with money and power to be there, most of them at least, because they're subproducts of the fascist dictatorship that Spain suffered from the 30's to the late 70's of the 20th century, and they are sons, friends or so from powerful groups or families. There isn't democracy at all here; dear reader, but they call it so.
How can this be related to the economic crisis in Spain? It's easy; the heads of these political parties are often also owners of the most important corporations in the country, so it's normal to seek benefits for their own, or simply for the benefit of earning money by the face. The last president, Zapatero, didn't step down their job until he had the minimum time to earn for-life money from the state. I mean, when a president is 7 and a half years in the charge they can have a for-life salary from the state. But they also can earn money from private business they can have and also from their political parties. But there's more, they usually perform conferences and they earn a lot of money on those. So, if I understand it well, if I don't have money and steal bread in order to eat I can go to jail, but if I'm the head of a country during seven years and left the country in total misery because of my poor government
I earn a permanent salary?
I'll end at this point, dear reader. I give you thanks for reading this rant. I hope this bring you some itchy knowledge that will lead you to be critical with your own government. Try to think for yourself if you don't to it right now, and always, ALWAYS criticize the doing of your government. We have that right, as citizens and as a human beings, to fight of the a better status and a better life for ourselves and our people. Don't fall in the hole that the most of spanish people we fell. Spain is a clear example what can happen if the people just follow their political leaders as sheep, nodding at all the things they do. I must say thanks again, reader, and may you have luck and find that you don't live this embarrassing political situation on your own.