Archive for July, 2009

Esa Gentuza

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Codex Manenssis

xcelente artículo sobre los diputados españoles en XLSemanal. Como es usual, Perez-Reverte se sale de bueno… Yo de mayor quiero ser como él. :-)

Candidates for the European Parliament?

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Codex Manenssis

fter a few years without participating in any political election I changed my mind last month and exercised my right to vote in the European Parliament election. Being a Spanish wanderer myself and having profited from the benefits the EU gives its citizens when it comes to labor rights and resident permits across pretty much the entire continent, I figured it was my duty as a thankful European to show commitment to the public institutions that support this thing called Europe.

Obviously, the EU is far from perfect. The complexity of the construction process is daunting and it will surely take more than a couple of generations to start figuring out how the pieces of this huge puzzle of 27 countries and 23 languages fall together. The political, economical and social union those Brussels politicians tend to brag about is just an illusory thing in many aspects. They are so worried about building Europe that they’ve lost touch with the European citizens – they live in a realm where things happen much faster and easier than in reality. But nonetheless, all this does not mean that the idea (or the dream) of a united Europe is not worth trying. Actually, it is the only way for the Old Continent to have a voice and some influence in this globalized world.

Codex Statutes of the Order of St. Michael, 1525

But this post is not about the EU itself -it’s about the European Parliament election, and more concrete, about the Spanish political parties that ran as candidates in this past edition. When I opened the envelop the Spanish consulate sent me with all the necessary paperwork to vote via mail, and I saw the different parties my jaw just hit the table. Let me tell you one thing: if the political parties that one is to find in a given country offer any indication about that country’s sanity, I bet Spain is really messed up.

Let’s just take a brief look at some of the different parties that want to represent Spain in the EU Parliament :

• Partido Popular (PP): The “right” party (with some extreme-right touch to it)

• Alternativa Española (AES): The “extreme right” party (with some super-extreme-right touch to it)

• Frente Nacional (FN): The “super-extreme right” party (with some fascist-wannabe inclinations)

• Falange Española de la JONS (FE de las JONS): The fascist themselves

• Falange Auténtica (FA): The “we-are-purer-fascist-than-the-other-fascist” fascist

• Partido Familia y Vida (PFyV): The “conservative catholics” party

• Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE): The “incompetent left” party

• Partido Comunista de los Pueblos de España (PCEP): The “incompentent AND pathetic left” party

• Izquierda Unida (IU): The “united-but-still-incompetent-AND-pathetic left” party

• Movimiento Social Republicano (MSR): The “nostalgics”

• Izquierda Anticapitalista Revolta Global (IZAN – RG): The “anarchists”

• Iniciativa Feminista (IF): The “we-are-better-than-men-but-we-want-to-behave-like-them” party

• Europa de los Pueblos Verdes (LV): The hicks and rednecks (aka. independentists) from the Bask Country and Catalonia disguised as the greens

• Grupo Verde Europeo (GVE): The “greens” themselves

• Por Un Mundo Más Justo (PUM+J): The “stoners”. Literal translation: “For a more fair world”. Check the logo of the party here – it´s priceless.

• Partido Antitaurino Contra el Maltrato Animal (PACMA): MY FAVORITE!! The literal translation is “Anti-Bullfighting and Anti-Animal Abuse Party”. The logo is also priceless - check that bull vomiting blood in their website

Needless to say I had a difficult time choosing a party to vote for. There are some others but they are as laughable as the ones I just mentioned. I finally voted for “Unión, Progreso y Democracia” (UPyD), which I figured are the less bad ones since they are small and have not had enough time to get corrupted yet (the party was born just a couple of years ago). They are also a pro-laicism, center-bound party with social compromises but firm enough with state-critical issues. Or at least that is the way I see them… others will probably disagree. I knew they wouldn´t win, but it was the only party I could vote for without feeling nausea.

UPDATE: Now I know why so many Spaniards want to represent their country in the European Parlament… and it is not out of patriotic reasons. Mel just nailed it down here and here (sorry, only in Spanish). What you defend and propose does not matter… the goal is to get elected and enjoy life working for the EU.

UPDATE 2: Joder, si antes los voto antes la lían (link). Lo dicho, me voy a hacer mi propio partido y me presentaré a eurodiputado. Se admiten nombres :-)