Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Small is Beautiful

The second TV debate between José-Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy Brey has just finished and I am quite happy that it was the last big one before the elections. Possibly, it is due to the two-party format, but at an early stage tonight I was bored with the aggressive confrontations and the mutual avoidance of answers.

Many people in Spain live in provinces where PSOE and PP are the only alternatives in case you want to vote for a candidate with a realistic chance to win a seat in the parliament. I am very happy that this is not the case in Catalonia.

In a couple of hours we will have the results of the polls on who won tonight. Whoever that is, I am confident that one conclusion will be that the TV debates have not had any major impact on how people will vote coming Sunday.

Therefore, I ask all Catalan parties to stop complaining about not being present tonight and instead focus on presenting their own messages in a positive way. If I were a citizen of this country, I would be more inclined to vote for you now than two and a half hours ago.

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