Well, At Least There’s One Radical Political Party (Not Irish!) Which Does What It Said It Would Do

From The Intercept:

American progressives distressed about the prospect of being offered a choice this fall between a right-wing billionaire and a one-time corporate lawyer on the board of Walmart, might look to Spain for a reminder that left-wing leaders with principles and charisma do still exist.

In Madrid on Wednesday, Pablo Iglesias, the 37-year-old leader of Podemos, an anti-austerity party formed just two years ago, blocked the center-left Socialist Party’s attempt to form a centrist coalition government and demonstrated a flair for political theater that galvanized his supporters on social networks.

During an impassioned speech to parliament, Iglesias said that his radical-left party, which is now Spain’s third-largest, would not allow the “miserable” leader of the more mainstream Socialists, Pedro Sánchez, to become prime minister because he had adopted the economic policies of the right.

The debate in parliament was closely watched on social networks, and the Podemos leader then made his opposition to the proposed government even more clear by leaping from his seat to congratulate a Catalan ally who also spoke against it with a bear-hug and a kiss on the lips.

That image, of Iglesias kissing the Catalan representative Xavier Domènech, was both celebrated and mocked in Twitter memes, as his supporters rejoiced at the sight of the two men kissing directly in front of deputies from the conservative People’s Party — which recently tried and failed to ban gay marriage in Spain — and his detractors evoked comparisons to Soviet-era kisses between the leaders of communist states.

One response to “Well, At Least There’s One Radical Political Party (Not Irish!) Which Does What It Said It Would Do

  1. Hello Ed

    Thank you for your work.

    May I please refer you to this recent article from the World Socialist Web Site:
    Podemos pressures Socialist Party to form new government in Spain

    Vincent Browne’s column in the Irish Times Sunday last made a very sharp observation on the blood-brothers of Podemos in Ireland:
    Coalition of Right may be price of Left’s myopic stunts

    Syriza, Podemos, AAA PBP et al perform the same role all over the world. By the use of tricks, tub-thumping, outright lies and all manner of superficial chicanery they attemp to divert the people from the actual task at hand – getting rid of the capitalist class.

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