[Marxism] Spain: Two-party system in trouble

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun May 26 01:51:24 MDT 2013

Dick Nichols

...Aznar is right to be alarmed. The already marked decline in support for
the two traditional “parties of government”, the PP and social democratic
Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), now looks increasingly terminal.

The latest Metroscopia poll shows support for the PP has halved since the
November 2011 national election (down to 22.5%), while that for the
opposition PSOE has fallen by 30% (to 20.2%).

The left coalition United Left now stands within striking distance of the
PSOE (at 16.6%), while disaffected PP voters have shifted in droves to the
“modern, efficient and honest” Spanish centralist Union for Progress and
Democracy (UPyD, which sits at 13.1%).


However, the other main trend is the continuing rise in distrust with party
politics of any type. According to Metroscopia, 54.2% of those interviewed
were either undecided (20.8%), would not bother to vote (25%) or would
spoil their ballot or leave it blank (8.4%).

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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