If someone were to shout out that the mayor of your town was a corrupt so and so, and should be investigated for syphoning public funds into his Swiss bank account what would be your reaction? Would it be to call for a thorough investigation into the accusations or would it be to call up the accuser and ask why he had not had his shoes cleaned recently? Would it be to interview the mayor about the foreign bank account or would it be to question the accuser about his choice of haircut?
- Then, were his replies about hair styles not to your satisfaction, you would be forgiven for dismissing such claims against the mayor, because, after all, anyone who walked around with dusty shoes couldn't possibly speak with authority about serious issues.
- Well this, to many, is how Spanish Politics are being conducted right now. As new political formations are being formed and new calls for regional identity the Gazachomonk goes in search of answers and comes up with not only an insight into why Spain is in so much in pain right now, but also a handy remedy for dusty shoes too.
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Approaching the Untouchables
Why do we have a royal family? What was so sacrosanct about the constitution that any question of it being changed invokes threats of civil war? What does economic independence mean in a global economy for any single country? Do we need a paramilitary police force as well as an army and civilian police? There are no straightforward answers, but this does not mean that these questions should not be asked - particularly as Europe now stumbles blindly forward into possibly a 3rd recession, confirming that the old order clearly does not work
A history of Betrayl
One couldn't help but see a pattern. And it wasn't a very pleasant one. Whichever way the pendulum swung, change, despite all the electoral promises, almost never happens.
But What Can Any Country Do By Itself in a Global Economy?
Let's look at Accountability: For too long, entering on an official building in this country, I have been made to feel like I was no more than an unwanted insect, slipping in through an open window, then waved away like a fly trying to land on a bowl of soup. Just because I needed clarification, or some essential paperwork or simply I needed help. This - a criticism in no way confined to Spain - is a global condition: Lack of accountability. But, we now have the technology to counter this.
(Read more on problems of Accountability in the Tortilla saga)
The Dreams of Podemos: Knowing the Answer is not the Answer
Imagine for a moment you have a problem with your car. The wheels keep falling off. You take it to the garage and the mechanic says he knows what the answer is and gets out his stick of superglue. Off you go and 5 mins later the wheels are off again. Next time you take it in, the mechanic says he knows what the answer is and dusts down the tyres, cleans the bonnet and puts some more oil in the engine.
So when someone who dresses in sneakers and casual shirts and once had a piercing over his right eye speaks the need to construct a new future, try not to focus on just answers: Listen to his questions
- When you want to give hope to those that have lost hope
- When you want to inspire those that no longer breathe inspiration
- When you want to motivate those that no longer recognise the motivation in themselves, you must speak of dreams.
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