The price of being a left-wing leader

There are few people more prepared and with a more conciliatory and skilful character for agreement than the vice-president Yolanda Díaz. The achievements obtained -some of them with forceps- endorse her worth. But she is already being used as a target because she is a leftist, she fights for social rights, and that is something that the patriotic bourgeoisie does not admit. The arguments -to put it mildly- that are usually put forward are of a puerility that blushes, an ignorance that frightens. It is serious because we are not talking about the usual ideological divisions, it is something much deeper and hybrid and with wide repercussions in society.

We have two major obstacles in Spain to becoming the country we should be: the right wing is not like the German right wing, for example, it tends to be corrupt and antidemocratic. It does not radically reject fascism like that one. The exceptions are being buried by the elites of the PP and the offshoot that broke off from them in Vox. This kind of framework – conservative, corrupt and even with mafia overtones – infiltrated in strategic sectors and the institutions themselves is capable of personal destruction, as has happened with Pablo Iglesias in particular. These are difficult problems, difficult to solve when there is a lack of will to confront them. We must insist on denouncing them because the scenario in Spain is only getting worse.

Every day more involution, every day more impunity. With a justice system that makes legitimate the fascist racism and the hunting of the underage and helpless immigrant, based on lies and for the sake of a “legitimate ideological struggle”, ratify the Audiencia of Madrid regarding the poster of Vox. With media that make politics without any disguise. With a PP (and allies) that scales the highest levels of lies and fraud in their interventions always in search of profit. With its president who attends, as a moderator who does not moderate, to a proclamation of the former UCD minister Ignacio Camuñas justifying Franco’s coup: “In 1936 there was no coup d’état. The Republic was responsible for the Civil War”. And with the inaction of all the victims, even of the political rivals who do not seem to know or want to face the ultra invasion we are facing.

The dictatorship did a brainwashing that still persists and we are moving towards a society of ignoramuses. This is what two great historians said in La Vanguardia on 18 July: Paul Preston and Ángel Viñas. This is how this pastiche has been taking shape. With the empire of this implicit inheritance.

It can be assured that the supporters of the Spanish right have some cosmic swallowing when they do not even flinch when they see, for example, that “Aznar’s ex-minister who dictates sentence in the Court of Auditors for the ‘procés’ exonerated Botella and Maroto”. From there to the massacre of Ayuso’s geriatric homes. And to its permanent supply of public money to private health while dismantling the public. And they fit it all in, all of them, as if it were the most normal thing. Some looking the other way, the voters, and others covering it up even crudely because it doesn’t matter.

It is difficult to assimilate from decency what they have done with Pablo Iglesias, or Irene Montero, and they want to continue doing with Yolanda Díaz or Ione Belarra and that will become more acute when the electoral candidacy is defined. Even what they did with Pedro Sánchez, too progressive for the Chinese vases with stale leather backpacks of the PSOE. In the autonomous communities, in Catalonia in particular, things are going well too. Except for Madrid. Because, meanwhile, one contemplates the altars set up for Isabel Díaz-Ayuso, walking like her mentor Aguirre, untainted by smelly rubbish. The difference in treatment is abysmal; the proportion applied, inverse. And this is far from what should be the work in politics.

It is complicated to feel part of a society incapable of discerning, it seems, that this is not even ideology but a pure and simple business. Dirty as hell. In which people’s lives are bought and sold.

The countless fictitious cases against Pablo Iglesias that have come to nothing, aired by journalists without morals or professionalism. The destruction of the person, objectified, like the Nazis, undertaken by political and journalistic rivals. The crude set-up of the non-existent nanny. Having to change the children’s school in the face of daily harassment from the home of unconscionable people for months. They instilled a fierce hatred in prone beings. Inhuman.

David Jiménez, a journalist who was editor of a newspaper and earned money and prestige telling how a denigrating journalism was exercised under his direction, wrote about Iglesias without the company even ordering him to do so and when Iñigo Errejón broke away in that way, a remarkable text because it does not appear in the excesses of the cavern but in the most approved journalism today and serves to see the mood that dominated and dominates:

After executing Nikolai Yezhov, head of his secret police, Stalin ordered that he be erased from the photographs in which they appeared together. Mao did the same with Bo Gu, with whom he had shared the Long March and who disappeared from an old picture in which they were seen posing smiling.Kim Jong-un learned from his father that there is nothing like a firing squad to consolidate power: he executed his uncle Jang Song-thaek and then removed him from the family album. The watchword in communist regimes, when it comes to purging the erring comrade, is that nothing is left of him. Not even his memory. Disgusting the leader has less dramatic consequences here: the loss of a position in the party or a seat on the TV talk show, which for the dolphins of the new politics is almost more painful. But it will never be as painful as waking up from the dream of the assembly and participatory utopia, where all voices are heard and internal democracy replaces the partitocracy of cronyism“.

Paradoxical, isn’t it? Now that Pablo Iglesias has had enough and has left, it is time to reconsider what this society has consented to. With the blunders of those who believed that for Iglesias – as for all of them – the only important thing was the chair.

Yolanda Díaz has already been called in the press “the filly of Labour”, a woman who writes wrapped in bile. And they have been astonished that she was well dressed. The latest has been to criticise as ignorant cum laude her use of the word Matria, which, as Ignasi Guardans describes with erudition, has been used since Plutarch and beyond. They have even taken the opportunity to point to the dread of the hollow Matria from apparently progressive positions, blaming it for everything the entire coalition government fails to do. Díaz, who reads Schopenhauer and listens to Shostakovich, with total simplicity, is scorned by people who overwhelm us with their proud ignorance.

Of the four biblical plagues, practically the only one that remains as an irrefutable end is death. Still, at least. War can be stopped. With means, disease can be fought. For hunger, 1% of the public money, our money, that was given to the banks for their rescue in the previous crisis, would be enough. It was already said a decade ago. This program for the common good is not being carried out because they don’t want to. And some people are reckless enough to support them at the cost of their own failure and to attack those who are trying to achieve it. Not easy. We keep reading about the coalition government’s resistance to measures such as raising the Minimum Wage or repealing the Labour Reform. A crass mistake, because lukewarmness has never worked against brutal ultra attacks like the one we are experiencing. Restraint does not appease the beast at all, it stimulates it.

There is an underground state in Spain that pulls the strings and launches its missiles to destroy the leaders who stand out on the left. Some adapt and walk through this land of misunderstandings and camouflage in which they want to appear to be what they want to appear to be.ue que no son contribuuyendo a que todo sigue tan igual que es cada vez cada vez peor. What is happening in Spain today cannot be considered a full democracy. It could be, but now it is not.

When abuse, impunity and ignorance are seen time and time again, it is easy to think that there is no remedy. And there is no remedy if it is not applied with the necessary courage. But I do tell them that it takes a great vocation of service to throw oneself into the arena to fight for everyone when not even the people themselves defend them.

There are too many people to blame for this involution. As we can see graphically in the inaction in the face of the physical aggressions in the subway and even in the lynchings. This is not the way. If they want democracy, rights and liberties, justice, they will have to support with clarity, not exempt of fair criticism, those who leave their skin because this society has them. Do they believe that they are going to continue going out volunteers, heroes or unconscious, to be crushed arbitrarily? The price may end up being unaffordable.

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