Spain swings leftwards

Spain swings leftwards

The two party system in Spain has suffered a massive blow as huge numbers of Spanish voters punished the mainstream parties at the ballot box. For decades the Tory ‘Popular Party’ and the Blairite ‘Socialists’ have dominated the political scene. But now the ruling class face major political instability as none of the mainstream parties […]

Spanish elections show desire for radical change

The two party system in Spain has suffered a massive blow as huge numbers of Spanish voters punished the mainstream parties at the ballot box.

Spanish elections show desire for radical change

The two party system in Spain has suffered a massive blow as huge numbers of Spanish voters punished the mainstream parties at the ballot box. For decades the Tory ‘Popular Party’ and the Blairite ‘Socialists’ have dominated the political scene. But now the ruling class face major political instability as none of the mainstream parties […]

Gramsci, Strategy and Podemos

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, the new radical party in Spain, is fond of quoting the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci. A recent article of his, entitled Trench Warfare and Political Strategy, Iglesias cites Gramsci as being the first to understand the strategic importance of creating ‘hegemonic narratives’ which draw consent across the social spectrum.

Gramsci, Strategy and Podemos

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, the new radical party in Spain, is fond of quoting the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci.  A recent article of his, entitled Trench Warfare and Political Strategy, Iglesias cites Gramsci as being the first to understand the strategic importance of creating ‘hegemonic narratives’ which draw consent across the social spectrum. Podemos, […]

Big Gains for Left in Spain

Local and regional elections in Spain on 24 May saw the left make major gains. Coalitions backed by Podemos and other left forces will now run many towns and cities, including Madrid and Barcelona.

Big Gains for Left in Spain

Andy Durgan reports from Barcelona Local and regional elections in Spain on 24 May saw the left make major gains. Coalitions backed by Podemos and other left forces will now run many towns and cities, including Madrid and Barcelona. The elections also saw the continual decline of the two dominant parties of the last 30 […]

NEITHER LEFT NOR RIGHT?

On May 1st, Eduardo Maura from Podemos spoke at a conference organised by trade unions supporting the Right to Water campaign. He told participants that Podemos in Spain grew because it realised that ‘there was a new political space that was neither on the left side of the board or the right side of the board but at the centre’. His remark drew strong applause from one section of the hall but deadly silence from another. It was a glaring indicator of the different strands that composed the anti-water charges movement.

NEITHER LEFT NOR RIGHT?

On May 1st, Eduardo Maura from Podemos spoke at a conference organised by trade unions supporting the Right to Water campaign. He told participants that Podemos in Spain grew because it realised that ‘there was a new political space that was neither on the left side of the board or the right side of the […]

Time for the Left to Unite

With hundreds of thousands of people having taken to the streets in the great revolt over water charges and austerity as a whole and with a general election looming there is an urgent need for the left to unite its forces.

Time for the Left to Unite

With hundreds of thousands of people having taken to the streets in the great revolt over water charges and austerity as a whole and with a general election looming there is an urgent need for the left to unite its forces. In this context the People Before Profit Alliance has issued an ‘Appeal for a […]