A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Election musings

Election day is coming up very soon in Spain, so we have been busy attending various party rallies – we are not affiliated with any party, but like to hear what they have to say. Last night was one such occasion – the speeches started around 10pm in the square, so all could hear.

I haven’t followed the campaigning in general, other than to believe that the current party will soon be out, and the “other” party back in. This is always the way it goes, in every country that I have ever lived in – bad times come along, and right or wrong, the party in power gets the blame. So out with the old, in with the new!

It’s not quite as certain that this will happen in Yunquera. A friend of ours was telling us that Andalucia had not voted anything but socialist since Franco – and Yunquera has (I believe) followed suit. There are many historic reasons for this, mostly to do with Andalucia’s treatment under Franco – but whatever the reasons, that is a very long time for one party to be in power.

I don’t happen to think that this one-sided situation is healthy. No matter what your beliefs are, it’s not good for a party to have no effective opposition – it makes them lazy and complacent. That’s what I think anyway.

I do like the Spanish system of campaigning, though. Unlike the seemingly endless machinations that we endure in the US and the UK, it’s fast here. Parties/candidates are allowed 2 weeks of official campaigning. So until then, you don’t see the banners, you don’t hear the speeches.

That makes sense to me. Because after all, if you can’t say what you have to say in 2 weeks, what’s the point?

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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