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True. But it seems less so in Spain?

To me the UK situation always feels a bit anomalous, it will take 30 years or more to work off the psychological effects of the Thatcher time (and of course that will only happen if the neo-libs can be prevented from completely implementing the Washington consensuses generally.)

We can (and I frequently find myself in this argument) discuss about whether the Labour party needed to shift to the right the way they did to win in 1997. However, it is certainly the case that they thought they did, in part due to the weight FPTP gives to certain marginal constituencies and a certain kind of floating voter.

The other probnlem is that since our economists are all economically illiterate, it shouldn't surprise that our politicians are more so and have been sold various kinds of neo-lib moonshine along the way. Economic stability (and indeed a bit of growth) are the currency of political survival/power. If you can get them then it's a lot easier to win elections.

Academic economists told the world and the politicians that the old nostrums were dead. Neo-libia had won and the only way to make society richer was to follow the neo-lib way.

Good politicians want to make a better life for people. If you tell them that the only way to avoid total economic decline is the neo-lib way, there is a strong pressure for them to accept it as the lesser of two evils, no?

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon May 1st, 2006 at 05:07:55 AM EST
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we have esentially bw the social democrats
True. But it seems less so in Spain?
By chance, I managed to buy the print edition of El Pais today, and found this pearl of an op-ed:
Enrique Gil Calvo: Self-government? (2006 May 1)
The continuation of an unbalanced economic policy, dependent on the increasing value of real-estate, besides being ostensibly rightist is more than doutful, as it has sunk productivity, has bloated inflation and has lost the reins of the trade deficit. So that, lacking the promised labour reform to unblock youth employment, and in the absence of a housing policy protecting the right to form a family, to accomplish a left agenda one has only the Dependency Law.
What is progressive is not the distribution of power (and income) among the autonomous territories, but the redistribution of income (and power) among the social classes. But unfortunately, the Spanish left (like the whole of the Western European Left) has lost its own political agenda for the past 25 years. And, not having an agenda of its own, the Spanish left has chosen to adopt as its own the political agenda of the nationalists (with whom it is in a coalition since the Transition [to democracy] against Francoism and today against the PP), which makes of territorial self-government its only goal.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 1st, 2006 at 05:18:36 PM EST
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Ironically, the same could be said of Blair in a way. Scottish and Welsh devolution, some flexibility around NI and then... nothing...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 02:04:58 AM EST
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