The PSOE rebels against the flat campaign of the PP
By Joseph Mark (Almanzora Caves). The PSOE has gone from governing Andalusia at will to being forced to compete in elections in which, for the first time, it has been the PP that has imposed the rules of the game. And they could not be more terrifying for the socialists. The coincidence of the campaign with pilgrimages, carnivals and other popular festivities, combined with a little-known candidate —Juan Espadas— and the already crestfallen mood of the progressive electorate due to some polls in which they do not come back, has placed the Andalusians right where Juan Manuel Moreno wanted: in a flat campaign, if not non-existent for the general public. In Andalusia there is no electoral environment. The rallies take place in a kind of parallel reality. It is even difficult to find the posters of the candidates. With very low expectations, in which to improve the 33 seats of Susana Díaz in 2018 – the land of the Andalusian PSOE in some regional elections – would be sold as a good result, Pedro Sánchez called for an uproar at his first campaign rally and urged to mobilize “en masse” on June 19.
The feeling in the beach bars of Almería, more eager for tourists than for the outcome of 19-J, is the same as in big cities like Seville. The campaign is running smoothly. The PP wants it that way, without fuss or much noise, and the PSOE intends to burst that perception contrary to big changes. “There are reasons, there are reasons and above all there is a lot of pride to vote for the PSOE”, Pedro Sánchez stressed this Sunday in his speech, after showing his gratitude to the socialists “who always vote against all odds”.
La Moncloa and Ferraz are confident that the structure of the Andalusian PSOE, the most powerful in the party with a army of more than 45,000 militants and hundreds of mayors, inject the energy that it lacks into the candidacy. The arguments would be the social policies of the central government, with the boom in contracts after the labor reform and other flags such as the 1,000 euros minimum wage. And emphasizing that always with the PP against. But nobody hides the cost of the last three years, in which the once hegemonic party has had to learn to oppose. An impossible task when the socialist bench in the Andalusian Parliament was marked by the advisers of the last Executive, with Díaz at the head.
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In the photograph, which is from charles beardfrom the Efe agency, the general secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, this Sunday in a public act of the electoral campaign in Cuevas de Almanzora (Almería).
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