Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday, 14 March 2004

Ruling Popular Party defeated in Spanish election

In a surprise result the governing party of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar won only 38% of the vote with the victorious Socialist Party taking 43%, with most of the votes now counted.

It is widely believed that the Spanish electorate felt the government, which was expected to win, had manipulated the release of information to the public in the wake of Thursday's bomb attacks in Madrid, by immediately claiming their certainty that Eta was responsible and initially discounting the possibility that al-Qa'ida could have been behind them.

It may be difficult to extrapolate the Spanish result to the US or to the UK, because it seems that the opposition to the war in Iraq was much greater in Spain even that it was in the UK. In the case of the US, it seems that feelings are more evenly split between those who broadly favoured the action taken and those who viscerally opposed it.

I suspect that this surprise result will have further repercussions which I hardly care to speculate about just yet, although I fear they will not be positive.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Welcome to my comment area. Whilst all comment is welcome you are requested to respect the views of others. To read full terms for use of this facility, please visit my 'Terms of Use' section, linked to under the 'About this Blog' heading at top right of the blog. Note added 12JUL2010 - All comments will now be pre-moderated before they appear in this blog; this is a measure to prevent 'spam' commenting, which has become frequent of late. Thank you.