Scandalera for the purchase of votes. A trip to the Spain of restoration with a stop in Melilla and Mojácar (Almería). The local caciques return to distribute charity in exchange for guaranteeing the suffrage of the citizen whose last name is Don Nadie. Anything goes to ensure the act of representation in the assembly or in the town hall. Without it, the influences or future businesses made in the shadow of the institutions that will guarantee the corrected and increased return on the dark investment would not be possible.
A reduced and manageable electoral roll, poverty, ignorance and no social integration are the best fertile ground for sowing electoral corruption operations. The demand is fostered by the cynic. That man who, militant in the Coalition for Melilla or in the PSOE (the two cases we have known), knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, in Oscar Wilde's definition. The offer comes from the citizen who has stopped believing or has never done so in the transforming role of institutions and who lives clinging to proverbs, believing from their own experience that a bird in the hand is worth more (money in cash ), that one hundred flying (electoral promises). Let's delimit It is true that we are talking about extreme cases, limited to the minuscule narrowness of a couple of municipal terms. Crimes that do not debase in any way the normal functioning of our election days or the impeccable, in general terms, of our system of democratic representation.
And, even so, it is possible to add a however to such a categorical statement. Because despite the fact that the Organic Law of the General Electoral Regime (Loreg) narrows the margins for the parties in government to take excessive advantage of the advantage provided by the management of public resources, they continue to use the bottomless pit of government money. all for, what else?, bid in cash for the vote of the citizens.
Isn't the Minister of Social Welfare, Carles Campuzano, trying to buy votes when he promises to build a residence in Santa Coloma de Gramanet if his acronym partner, Gabriel Rufián, assumes responsibilities in the City Council of that city? Doesn't the man from Salut, Manel Balcells, do the same when he takes advantage of the ERC rallies to promise, in the company of the mayors, new sanitary facilities? What has Pedro Sánchez been doing for the last two months, if not going to buy the vote, retired and young with the public checkbook in his pants pocket? Put any other government – municipal or regional – governed by other acronyms on this list and it will not be out of place. With regard to the opposition, of one color or another, the truth is that we are in the same situation. It's just that his checkbook and credit cards are still imaginary and therefore offer no guarantee of payment effectiveness. Be that as it may, it is time to wake up, because the temple of the merchants is about to close. It's time to decide: who do we sell it to this time?