Monday, October 18

Why does politics matter so little?

For some time now, ordinary people have stopped talking about politics. The media that live on the audience, or almost, have quickly grasped it and for weeks political information has been relegated to a minimum expression in their programs. Now what is in command, obsessively, in some cases even ridiculous, is the eruption of the La Palma volcano. Only gaffes or grotesque situations by politicians deserve attention. But the real politics, which continues to exist, although it may not seem like it, has ceased to interest.

One reason for this could be that the leaders of the parties that contend for power and for setting the agenda are not very attractive, they have no hook. And no image or communication consultant can cover that deficit, no matter how clever. Pablo Casado will never be able to overcome his image of mediocrity, of being at a level that does not correspond to him and that may end up ruining his political career, sooner or later. And Pedro Sánchez will never lift anyone from a chair, enthusiastic about his oratory, even if it is more and more polished and it comes out more and more in a row.

When you pretend to be a winning leader you have to be more than correct. He has to stir something inside whoever listens to him and, above all, he has to be credible, he has to remove from himself the suspicion that he may end up not doing what he is promising. Married has a previous problem: that of not promising anything. Sánchez continues to generate doubts among the immense and decisive mass of those who are not faithful followers of his party.

As much as it may be hard to admit, the only example of charismatic leadership on the Spanish political scene is Isabel Díaz Ayuso. Not because she’s brilliant, or because she has any innovative ideas, but because she seems up for anything, because she doesn’t seem to be afraid of anyone. To begin with, from the leaders of your party. Surely nothing of what she says is the result of her harvest, it does not have an aggressive or overbearing verb, but it causes the feeling that she is a careful lady, that she does not joke around. For all that, he may end up sending the PP.

Another reason for the withdrawal of many citizens from politics is that it is not seen how what is debated in the public arena can revert to the benefit of the majority. It has not been explained with force what is really cooking after the blockade of the renewal of the judicial power, or at least it has not been done so that it reaches the people. The parties of the left have not told what the real state of justice in Spain is, the reactionary conservatism that dominates it, the indecent collusion that characterizes it, the democratic invalidity of the judicial system from top to bottom, which explain this blockade. Not to mention its many and frequent practices that could enter the realm of illegality.

Without this information, without having adequately warmed up the environment, it is logical that most people distance themselves from this controversy, from this intolerable abuse of their situation income that the right is doing in this matter. And if, as is likely, one of these days the PP decides to break with Vox at this point and, as Mariano Rajoy is already asking, dares to agree to the renewal with the PSOE, in the most convenient way for their interests, of course, all this will continue once more in limbo.

Yes, people are talking about the rise in electricity and other products, about inflation. And the Government does not seem to have more wood to try to show that it can stop this dynamic. To the point that he can be overwhelmed by the situation. But the inanity of the PP in this matter, which only breaks sometimes to timidly defend the interests of the electricity companies, does not turn the growing public irritation over prices into a serious political debate that can be productive. It is true that the origin of the problem is far away, in international markets, but a moderately sensitive government should make an effort to say something every day about it, whether or not it was worth much. And La Moncloa has been silent for weeks, while the megawatt breaks records day after day. It cannot be ruled out that the thing ends in something like a riot.

The government is giving an undeniable social bias, although not huge, to its budgets. The minimum of 15% corporate tax is a relevant decision. The extension of the ERTE and the rise in pensions as well. But the controversy with United We Can over the control of rent prices blurs that bias. Meanwhile, rents continue to rise and the price of homes as well, and a lot. As long as that continues, many people will continue to turn their backs on politics.

And let’s not say if the real conditions of the labor market, the miserable wages, the precariousness of jobs, even that of many who believed themselves untouchable, now crushed by massive ERE. No leader will be credible as long as all that, and much more, continues to happen. Ad hoc parliamentary agreements, not negligible, of course, could allow Pedro Sánchez to see his budgets approved and reach the 2023 elections. But when the time comes for the campaign, the citizen’s detachment from politics and, therefore, by the action of your government can take its toll.

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