On Spain’s last day of campaigning for Sunday’s general election the centre-right Partido Popular was in bouyant mood. That is the result of showing a double-digit lead in the polls.
If they are correct then party leader Mariano Rajoy will be the country’s next prime minister.
His priority is to bring back confidence to a troubled economy: “It’s urgent that we restore to the world Spain’s former image, a country with the power to create jobs, a strong nation that the world listens to, and one that doesn’t need to be told what has to be done. It’s urgent.”
The socialists are widely seen to have mishandled the response to the mounting debt crisis in the euro zone. But their candidate, veteran politician Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, took a last swipe at the PP for not revealing exactly how they intend to rescue Spain: “When we’re in crisis, when things are going badly for people, when there’s uncertainty, anxiety. When many people are losing their jobs and don’t know if they’ll find work again, when parents worry that their children will be worse off than they are, and, more seriously, when children think they’ll be worse off than their parents, when there’s this uncertainty you can’t pretend to be president without telling your country what you’re going to do.”
With 20 per cent unemployment and double that among the young, it seems no surprise that Spain gave birth to the “indignado” protest movement. As the election looms, they are once more out on the streets of Madrid to remind the politicians of just how indignant they are.