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		 2000  2011
eligible voters 34.0M 34.3M
votes cast	23.3M 24.6M
valid votes	23.2M 24.3M
votes to lists	22.8M 23.9M
PP		10.3M 10.8M
PSOE		 7.9M  7.0M
IU		 1.3M  1.8M
UPyD		    -  1.1M
CiU		0.97M  1.0M


To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 07:11:02 PM EST
Well, this is going to be quite a disaster.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:09:38 PM EST
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So in sum, all left-wing parties gained votes compared to 2000 (assuming you count the PSOE splinter faction as part of the PSOE).

It would be interesting to see a time series of the last couple of election cycles.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:21:39 PM EST
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I was thinking of putting together just such a time series.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 01:59:10 AM EST
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UPyD is an odd beast - it basically represents the faction of the PSOE least comfortable with the decentralization of the State that has been effected over the past 30-odd years.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:00:16 AM EST
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I'm sure it has been mentioned before here, but since W/P isn't much help, could someone repeat what exactly is UPyD (besides "progressive") and where does it stand on the austerity / democracy issue?

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:26:06 PM EST
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As much as I can make out of their electoral programme for this election, it was a reformist programme that ignored the elephant in the room ~ it talked about electoral reform, judicial reform, and on the economic front the elimination of redundant government activities and accumulation of what I took to be special purpose and special jurisdiction courts ... but I didn't see anything that I could understand to be about the frontal assault on the Spanish economy by the ECB, which I found odd.

OTOH, while some decades ago I was could read well enough to struggle through Cien años de soledad, rust has been accumulating for several decades and I am only guessing for most of that.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 11:49:22 PM EST
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That's probably because they lean liberal but know that the Social-democratic voters want something more left in the current economic climate. As far as I can tell they share the PSOE's "austerity, but not only".

One of their louder platforms this time around was universal public services (health care, education), also shared by the PSOE.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:02:19 AM EST
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Aha, but "austerity now, but not just austerity" is a policy guaranteed to fail them.

Its hard to see how they make headway under that banner, unless they shift attention from the need for a non-currency issuing state to run a balanced budget on a capital basis (current spending plus debt service), and instead add ECB reformism to their structural reform slate.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 11:33:00 AM EST
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On the austerity/democracy issue, UPyD would be "Seriously" austere and "radically" democratic.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:03:17 AM EST
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It seems to me Wikipedia is pretty informative. What is not covered by the article, in your opinion?

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:18:02 AM EST
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It doesn't describe the positions of the party since the crisis. I.e. what was mentioned about austerity etc above.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 07:09:19 AM EST
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I will try to put together a diary. The gist of what I think I'll end up saying is that UPyD has successfully established the Left-liberal space but there are some dark (i.e., authoritarian) areas.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 07:12:12 AM EST
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