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OK so this is then the question that arises: How are these results contextualized given the enormous youth demos in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain. What does it say about the true extent of backing the demos have? In Madrid I see the PP, reaching 55%. That means that the demonstrators calls for boycotting the two big parties went to nothing. Only a very small fraction of the large losses of PSOE went to its left. But what was the popular attitude towards the protesters? Did opinion polls show a disapproval of their demands?

And what is the PP proposing? Is it promising a way out of austerity? Why is it that all through Europe the apostasy of the Socialists (a process with a long history though recently accelerated) means turning to the original Thatcherites? What are people voting for?

What I mean is that the pictures from Puerta del Sol and the electoral results I'm seeing seem to not add up. An interpreter is needed.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 07:56:07 PM EST

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