The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Spain Elections:
Workers Need Their Own Party

Jan 7, 2019

Translated from Voz Obrera (Workers Voice), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers organization of that name active in Spain.

In the Andalusia region of Spain, the far right parties gained enough seats in the recent elections to take over the regional parliament. For almost 40 years, the Socialist Party had been running the government in that region.

Workers in Andalusia, like workers all over Spain, have faced enormous unemployment, layoffs, and cut-backs, leading to rising home evictions, etc. Abstention in the region, with a total population of more than eight million, may have been as high as one quarter of adults choosing not to vote.

The Socialist Party and the left-leaning Podemos (We Can) Party, which went down some 600,000 votes from the previous election, fear a parliament dominated by the right-wing Vox Party, which gained almost 400,000 votes. But these so-called “left” parties have solved none of the real problems working people face. After decades of promises that never help ordinary people, some choose to vote for right-wing opposition parties.

Something similar could be said of the elections in the U.S. with Trump winning or in Brazil with Bolsonaro winning or in France, with the extreme right National Rally party gaining votes and seats.

Neither the right parties nor the left propose policies that help working people gain jobs or improve their situations. The only way out is when working people build a party of their own, a party that proposes the transformation of society, the end to capitalism and its lapdog politicians.