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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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