This is a summary in English of this previous post in Spanish, targeted to my international followers. Basically what has happened is that the main political parties in the Spanish Parliament have performed a “kind of” Coup d’Etat against the Spanish democracy, act performed with the collaborative silence of the Spanish Media and other political parties that could obtain some benefit of the new regulation. So successful has been such silence, that very few Spaniards have heard about this.
In January of the current year, the Spanish Parliament approved a modification of the law that rules the access to the electoral processes for the different political parties. The change basically makes practically impossible to a small party that has never been present in a previous electoral process to present candidates and lists to the elections. Actually they can, but undergoing such a difficult and costly process that in practical terms makes it impossible. The consequence is that for the next general elections (20th November), only the already present big parties will be allowed to concur, and no new political party will be able to. This has been made basically because of the fear of the Spanish “big parties” (socialists - PSOE, conservative party - PP and two big nationalist parties from Catalonia and Basque Country - CiU and PNV) to lose power/votes due to the presence of new political parties, as happened with the new ones appeared in the national scene in the recent years (UPyD and Ciutadans).
This is specially serious in a so considered “modern country” like Spain. But what is really painful is that this (under my point of view) criminal act has been accomplished with the collaborative silence of the entire Spanish media (servil with the main political parties) and the newly appeared “citizens movements” that are supposed to claim for “real democracy” and that what they really look for is to refrain the voters of voting the conservative party, when unhappy with the socialist party.
And this really (sorry for the expression) piss me off, because one of this “new” political party that is being blocked from the next general elections, is the recently created Spanish Libertarian Party (P-Lib), leaving a quite important part of the Spanish voters without a libertarian political option.
After this, what do you think? Is Spain still a modern democratic country?