The coming week is a significant one in Yunquera, and the scenes will be repeated all over Spain. The old government (in our case, the socialists) are out, the new government, in.
I talked before about how big a deal this is. For example, Yunquera has had the political equivalent of “ruling families” for years. By this, I mean that the mayoral position has been filled by what seems to me to be a very small group of people, who traded the position between them. It may not be exactly that way, but it’s how it appears to me. As one might expect, this provides great continuity, but has its own set of problems, too.
Yunqueranos decided a big change was required – so shockingly, they changed their traditional voting pattern. The PP (conservatives) now control 7 out of 11 spots on the council. This is a Big Deal.
And the mayor is young, much younger than the mayors of old (sorry for the play on words, but hey, it’s Sunday!). With youth, comes optimism and energy, a belief that things can be changed. That is the hope of the people in the village.
Last night, we went to the first of the new mayor’s meetings. It was a victory celebration, sure, but he said it is the first in what will become regular town meetings. If he fulfills that promise, that can only be a good thing, I believe – the people might become more involved with those who lead them.
Last night there were speeches. Promises. Pledges. Plans. There were many questions, ranging from the impossible-to-answer-quickly question of employment to irate neighbours wanting their arguments to be settled by the new mayor. Everyone wants a piece of him, so his will not be an easy job!
It was a most enjoyable meeting. Big hopes for the future of Yunquera. We are hoping that maybe there will be a way for us to contribute in some small way, too. We’ll see!