Frankenstein and the Monster: The Spanish State Left after the Elections of 25 May

There is a tide in the affairs of men

Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shadows and in miseries.

Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 3

On 25 May local elections were held in the Spanish state: a veritable rehearsal for the general elections scheduled for next spring. And for the first time since 1993, PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Party, won more votes across Spain that the neo-clerical conservative Partido Popular (PP), in power in Madrid since 1996. A cause for celebration? A sign of change for the future? Not a bit of it. Although PSOE managed to win a marginal lead over the PP in terms of total municipal votes cast, the very narrowness of this lead fell far short of both the party’s and popular expectations. The other left force, Izquierda Unida, failed to increase its vote. Viewed in context this was a truly miserable performance on the part of Spanish-state social democracy, a performance, moreover, in its contours utterly predictable. Why this should be the case forms the substance of what follows below.

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