Former Ambassador to Denmark
The irruption of VOX in the autonomous Andalusian Parliament has unleashed a wave of disqualifications and accusations of right-wing extremism that, far from weakening it, have consolidated it to the point that on the 7th of this month the polls already predicted its entry into the Nation Parliament with 9 deputies; two weeks later, Metroscopia increased the figure to 29 and the last polls already predict more than 40.
Bearing in mind the dysfunctions of the Spanish electoral system, it can be assumed that in the next elections to the European Parliament of the 54 deputies who will be elected in Spain by single constituency, VOX could surpass the results of more than one of the traditional ones: time will tell.
There has been a lot of speculation about the reasons why a party that has until now been irrelevant in the Spanish political panorama has burst onto the scene with such a push: many blame it on the discontent of a large part of the electorate due to the deficient management of the Catalan crisis.
Others blame it on the disenchantment of the traditional voters of the Popular Party for what they consider the treason of its leaders to be the basic nucleus of their ideology. However, and without ruling out the previous motives, if the origin of its voters is analysed, the VOX phenomenon acquires another dimension, which some interpret as a transversal movement of protest against the discredited traditional parties, perceived as machineries that pursue personal profit through innumerable mechanisms of corruption; It does not seem to be a crazy hypothesis, although I believe that this protest movement has more to do with the ideological disarmament of a social democracy that has replaced its traditional principles with a series of clichés about walking around the house (ultra-feminism, animal protection, ideology of gender equality, reinterpretation of history etc.) that can basically be summarized what some consider “politically correct”, a phenomenon that, to a greater or lesser extent, has occurred in European countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Scandinavian countries, etc.
I think it also has to do with the phenomenon of globalisation: technology and work have always been closely linked but have now reached a level of digital impact that a former editor of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” summed up by saying “Today, Internet is the steam engine of the mind”. In addition, the traditional sociological support of social democratic, worker’s parties, is gradually disappearing as the pre-technological jobs and the cat for a hare of gender politics and other topics of political correctness rather provoke rejection movements in many of the citizens of post-industrial societies who do not find in them effective solutions to their problems, to such an extent that some social democratic parties that were once deeply rooted in their respective countries have practically disappeared at the hands of inane leaders in France, Italy, Greece, Austria and, sooner rather than later, in Germany. That is why parties capable of internalizing these social changes, analyzing them correctly and tuning in to their actors will end up dominating the political landscape by sweeping away the traditional ones.
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