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Spain's ruling PSOE has kicked off their political campaign for the Euro elections. The ads have the slogan "This game is being played in Europe". Some posters have the addition "You have been called" (using the same verb as when the coach of the national football team "calls in" players for an international match).

I have seen three large billboard ads. One pitting the main candidates for both PP and PSOE with a message to the effect of "the PP candidate represents yesterdy, the PSOE candidade represents tomorrow". Another poster pits Zapatero and PP's leader Rajoy with the message "fighting the economic crisis / exploiting the economics crisis". The third one just has blue (PP) and red (PSOE) fields with the messages "denying climate change / fighting climate change".

Apparently a TV ad has been rolled out showing conservative citizens from various countries (and in various languages) making statements for the death penalty, free dismissal of workers, against immigrants, against abortion... and ending with "the problem is not what they think but who they vote for". I have a hard time understanding what they intend to say with the slogan but the intent of the ads is clearly to mobilize progressive voters against the EPP.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 04:59:52 AM EST
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I have a hard time understanding what they intend to say

Isn't it just pre-empting the usual conservative victimology about intolerant leftists denying plurality and freedom of thought?

At any rate, I like a fighting centre-left. I would like it more if (1) it would not have shown its lack of seriousness on global human rights by de-legalising war crimes trials the other day, (2) if it would not have shown its limited commitment to fighting climate change in its road-building policy, (3) if it would not have shown its total lack of fighting attitude in supporting Barroso.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 05:34:53 AM EST
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