27/01/2021

Let's go to rallies!

3 min
Esquerra Republicana rally on September 11, 2019

We can't move but the variants of the coronavirus are everywhere and each country is generating a new one, as if they were competing at Eurovision. They can't stop competing even in this unfortunate situation. Meanwhile, here, in order to protect the population, not only are we invited to vote at the height of the pandemic but it will also be possible to break the local lockdown to go to rallies, which is so entertaining that when Netflix was invented someone said, "Are you sure? Do you think anyone will watch us, having election rallies?" And yet they did, at their peril. It worked out well for them by chance. As the saying goes, "you've got to risk it for a biscuit". Now the parties have backtracked, and only they will be able to move around. But, of course, when health is not what matters, someone has to protect democracy, as an individual citizen and the justice system did, which has accompanied former in his right and in the constant defense of the helpless. It's a pity that the courts have been less fair with Amparo Sena, the Renfe user who has received a fine of €800 as a reward for protesting with a pot for the regular delays of the trains. The repeal of the so-called gag law by the most progressive government in history arrives as late as trains and progress. Nor is justice sufficiently sympathetic to the neighbours who are evicted every day, and yet politicians insist that we stay at home. In this case they must want to demonstrate that there is a separation of powers and that each one goes so far their own way that they contradict each other out of an excess of honesty.

If they explained the decisions they take better, nothing would change but at least we would have the satisfaction of a good argument, which in politics should be a prerequisite. Now that is utopic. Fortunately we will soon send us the electricity bill in sufficient detail so that we know exactly where we are being screwed. Here is the Spanish government's effort to protect the electorate from the electricity companies. The socialist-communists have politely asked the companies to be more detailed in their bills so that we, regular people, can continue to pay through the nose but knowing all the details. And just in case the day still doesn't seem cheerful enough, despite the excess of revolutionary politics, we have the military and the bishops getting vaccinated when it's not their turn but fulfilling their eternal duty to make the scene more picturesque. And remember that it's the protesting train user who gets fined.

We also have a little game of musical chairs with the Catalan socialists while the minister who is no longer a minister, despite being a minister of Health and with his country in the midst of the third wave, says goodbye saying that he has never said goodbye to the Catalan people, says goodbye saying that he has never been moved by personal interests. If he says so, he must know why. What is certain is that he is moved by party interests, which is what it is to make a political career, which is not the same as public service. Before leaving, he doesn't forget to underline that Madrid is a fantastic city, lest a Catalan doesn't even like it for aesthetic reasons and dares to say so in public. It's how we are. By the way, the extreme right has already announced that if the minister who is no longer a minister needs their votes to be president of the Generalitat, they will back him. Because the extreme right can run in the elections. And as the ex-minister no longer has health as a priority, if he had it before, I understand that the cordon sanitaire can be overlooked.

Whatever they say, I like Lisbon much better as a city.

Natza Farré is a journalist

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