Andalusia is the only autonomous community in which there has never been a change of government. It is understood that, until last sunday, "Andalusia" and "change" were two terms that seemed impossible to match. What is certain is that, in the face of triumphalism and the arrogance of the left, in Seville and Madrid, the elections held on Sunday have acted as an unexpected and silent plebiscite in favour of alternation and change. A change that will be both of government and of regime, because after more than 36 years in power the socialists have built without any regard a true regime with pretensions of hegemony and perpetuation.
The change and nothing else is the issue that is now elucidated, from the expression of the popular will that opens doors and windows in the Junta to ventilate a flawed environment and end the political project that expired long ago in Andalusia.
The Partido Socialista and Adelante Andalucía together have 50 seats, 5 less than the absolute majority, compared to the 59 that the Partido Popular, Ciudadanos and Vox accumulate. It is evident that each and every one of these parties can wield their differences and the difficulties of reaching the necessary pacts. But since the fragmentation of political spaces has imposed itself on Spanish politics replacing the model of the imperfect two-party system, the majorities for government have to be articulated through pacts that will always be difficult. What is not coherent is to congratulate oneself on the disappearance of the two-party system and, at the same time, reject its main political consequence, which is to accept the need for such agreements.
Those who are called to lead the change in Andalusia can be assured that any pact they reach, within the strict respect of the Constitution, can be compared with a huge advantage with the pacts that have brought the Partido Socialista to the Government and allow it to stay in it. The pact with left-wing extremism and aggressively unconstitutional of a Podemos in implosion, with the racist supremacism of a PDCat in which a guy like Torra writes down his xenophobic drives, with the coup separatism that the latter shares with ERC or with the consortium PNV-EH Bildu. This consortium has just promoted a declaration in the Basque Parliament in which it is said that the Constitution "imposes" the unity of Spain and obliges to build the state "from an anti-democratic and historically false base".
This is the alignment that makes it possible for the Partido Socialista to remain in power. With its desperate and sterile pretension of completing the legislature, it is even more of a hostage of the most marginal and deleterious part of Spanish politics. In these circumstances, the fact that, from their pathological pacts, the socialists appeal to new sanitary cords - let's not say anything about Podemos's calls to fight the ballot boxes in the streets - is a pure imposition and an insult to the intelligence of the citizens. It would be much more advantageous for its future if the PSOE were to analyze how many of its former voters have decided not to support with their votes the nonsensical scaffolding that Sánchez has erected in order to remain in power. It is an issue that, surely, more than one autonomous president and more than one socialist mayor will be wondering with some concern.
Change is the winner of elections. A calm change, substantiated in the playing field of the Constitution, with a modernizing proposal for Andalusia. What voters wanted to express must be interpreted correctly and with loyalty towards them. And that message is change as a sufficient common denominator for a necessary agreement.
Translation by David Outeda