The Taming of the Shrew: Reflections on the Madrid elections of 4 May 2021

As a preamble, the voting system in Spain is based on proportional representation, allowing small, unproven parties to command substantial power through post-electoral agreements. In this case, the communist party, Unidos Podemos, led by Pablo Iglesias, got its leader made Deputy Prime Minister with only 7% to 8% of the vote. (The same phenomenon happened in the pre-Civil War 1930s elections.)

In understanding the latest Madrid Assembly election results, one has to take into account a number of factors which differ from British social parameters.

Spain was never historically involved in the Second World War, having suffered to an extreme with a vicious Civil War that ended in 1939 with the Franco Dictatorship, which itself lasted until 1975. The country was therefore never primed with the same institutions or ideologies possessed by the Northern Europeans. The Spaniards were at that time more concerned with survival and vengeance, rather than the rebuilding or remoulding of societies broken by the Second World War. They missed out, basically. As a result, adaptation to the politics of our day has been hard and incomprehensible for the Spanish people, unable as they are to understand the passivity and acceptance of the Northern European common-purposed culture. The problems causing the Civil War have never been resolved or addressed, and continue to this day, with Spanish politics reflecting this rivenness on a daily basis.

Conservative capital of a divided country

Madrid is Spain, but Spain is not Madrid. Some factors explaining the move to the Right in the elections are now offered.

Barcelona's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, similar to what is now being noised in Scotland, brings up four issues. First, a big chunk of central government tax revenue is going to disappear; secondly, the issue of republicanism arises; thirdly, the breaking-up of a collective diverse culture looms; and fourthly, if the Catalan nationalists win their cause, other parts of Spain will also want independence. Nobody wants to lose tax, so opposition on that front is inevitable, but half the population of Spain is republican, including half the armed forces. This is a problem that affects the entire country, and the abolition of the Crown is a cause that enjoys widespread sympathy. Madrid, being of generally nationalist and pro-monarchy ideology, is conservative on this issue.

The Communists, well hated and feared in Spain (the Civil War legacy again), have forced some political regulations that have outraged half the nation: the recent banning of Franco's Falangist Party, the removal of General Franco's body from the Valley of the Fallen, the introduction of woke educational policies (requiring changes to the Spanish grammar of every sentence), and a very left-wing housing policy allowing the repossession of housing owned by private-equity or investment companies (their business model being buy to let to the British). The old flame of nationalist/separatist sentiment has reignited visibly, particularly in the Spanish Levant (the eastern coast). Madrid, as a nationalist city and a financial centre has objected.

The Madrid city government has been vocally and actively against Covid restrictions, with Vox and the other right-wing parties presenting and winning tribunal (lower court) cases for human rights against the restrictions. Their success in having the measures struck off has directly caused the urgent introduction of the state of emergency ("State of Alarm") to justify the measures alternately, but this state of emergency expired by law on 9 May 2021. The right-wing parties have also presented and won cases to annul many Covid-related decrees as unconstitutional. The active and legal opposition has been intense, and has had ripples through the whole of Spain. The “Freedom” campaign won 44% of the vote. No wonder it was so popular; Covid fatigue has set in among the Spaniards.

Spaniards awake to globalism

The targeted destruction of the potential power of Spain has been obvious. Spain, with the help of the European Cohesion Fund, began in the year 2000 to become a fast-growing industrial country, with a major industrial export capacity bringing in foreign currency. The quality of tourism facilities, services and efficiency increased substantially, unchecked and free. The recession of 2008 destroyed all this growth, and the Troika Agreement was offered in exchange for EU electricity supply to the country. The all-party government of the the time of that crisis refused, instead nationalising the electricity grid and all essential services in a record four days, thus preventing any hostile share purchase by the French and Germans.

Banks were not bailed out and collapsed as a result, bankers were rounded up and processed through the courts to spend a well-deserved spell in prison. Belts were tightened, companies closed, “job-for-life” civil servants were sacked, bills left unpaid, and poverty and hunger returned to Spain. Punishment, many say, for non-compliance with the politics of the core EU member states, and the Spanish people really don't understand what they have done wrong.

As globalisation settles into place, we can now see a pattern emerging in many aspects, resulting in common practices all over the world. To take just one common factor between Spain and the UK, let us look at royalty.

The Spanish royal family, having proved its worth in resisting the coup in 1981, has been under attack substantially over the last fifteen years or so, with unproven corruption charges, allegations of tax fraud, sexual misconduct and tittle-tattle disseminated through the globalist mainstream media. If globalisation is to succeed, then the Spanish and British royal families must be destroyed. With its historic pledges to uphold treaties, land rights, navigation rights, banking rights, etc., the Crown will remain an impenetrable barrier to globalisation. The mainstream press has already started the attack on the institution, and it remains to be seen where it will end. Ramp up the unsubstantiated attack and they will be finished.

It remains to be seen whether Covid will finally bring Spain to heel, cause it to fall in line and play the game, but I suspect not, when I consider the causes of the election results, the fact that the Spaniards have not been “programmed” to know what the game is, the strength of the anti-system demonstrations, the pro-republican demonstrations, the police refusal to implement unlawful rules, the opposition politicians prosecuting the Government, the bankers in jail, the violent riots in Barcelona and Valencia recently, and other factors. The Spaniards have a different social psychology, a different focus, different problems than we do. If they do fall into line with globalism, a powerful, historic independent culture and influence will be lost, and hope for us all will all but disappear. The people of Madrid have voted to maintain themselves and remove tyranny.