Saturday, September 8, 2012

Spain: United Left doing all wrong

Yesterday I read that United Left (IU, the main real left coalition of the Spanish realm, organized around the Communist Party) wanted to expand its basis to become a true political alternative but then, the next day, they just fuck it up again. 

The new statutes' draft pretends to impose greater centralism to the coalition, impeding that the regional federations may act autonomously, even when the grassroots back them. This is self-destructive and will unavoidably cause the disintegration of the coalition, what, in the mid-term, can be something good for the Spanish Left but in the short run is probably nefarious (source[es]).

The main issue seems to be how the regional federation of Extremadura, following the demand of their militants, rejected to support the Socialist Party (nowadays center-right with only a shallow appearence of vaguely lefty discourse, think Obama or, whats-his-name, the new pointless French President) allowing the Conservatives to take power. With the new statutes this won't be possible but it will no doubt cause the disintegration of the coalition, increasing internal conflicts and break ups. 

Other measures are equally centralist, not only against the regional federations but also against the constituent parties, like Izquierda Abierta (Open Left), led by the former Federal Coordinator and current speaker in Parliament Gaspar Llamazares (I though Llamazares was too moderate but his successor Lara looks totally a classical Stalinist right-wing dictator - also he's just too old to lead revolutionary change). 

In any case a modern true left political organization cannot afford to be centralist nor authoritarian against its own grassroots: that is plainly wrong and suicidal. But on the other hand the Izquierda Abierta attitude also looks totally wrong, supporting the corrupt opportunist sector of the Madrazo clan here in the Basque Country. It is like the debate is all upside down and that only organizations quite at the margins like the Andalusian Left Bloc or the regional federation of IU in Extremadura (quite akin to these) are radical enough to lead change in Spain. 

Left and Independentist coalition in Galicia

On the other hand, in Galicia, the Nationalist Galician Bloc (left and separatist), the United Left (left and federalist), Equo (state-wide left-ecologists) and Compromise for Galicia (center-right and separatist) managed to agree[es] in the last minute to a joint platform for the Galician elections to be held next month, where the ruling Spanish Nationalist Right of Rajoy may get a beating.

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