Ref Ms Anne Kay's article Tuesday.
When seeing the sub-headline How can a few votes... followed by the main title ...terrible crime in Majorca I thought I was hallucinating for a moment. Could Ms Kay actually be writing about the PP (Conservative) party she normally supports so unreservedly, in respect of the current and ongoing investigation into alleged vote rigging by ex-President Juame Matas combined with use of public funds to visit South America in search of such votes, even raising questions on votes cast by those actually deceased?
With the amount of questionable votes cast, it would actually have lost the city of Palma, where a recount took place to gain the PP control. But no, when one reads the text of the article, it firstly referred to a child molester and the second part again criticising the present Socialist Coalition Government in general and Sna Munar and the UM party in particular.
Her criticism about coalitions vis-a-vis a one party Government, I might have agreed to years past, feeling it wrong that a minority party could control events through a coalition with a larger party. However, having seen through recent years the sleaze and abuse of political power, the last Conservative government in the UK, Labour has not seemed to learn anything from their experiences, having their Mandelson and Vaz scandals and party contributions to affect advertising in Formula One etc. Just across the Channel ex Chancellor Kohl involved in fraud scandals, recently a French minister, Japan and currently the last President of the Philippines going on trial, I am beginning to believe that the only way to avoid the corruption that is becoming so obvious in elected governments is a coalition, where at least an independent party can keep an eye on the main player from within.
Also, within each political party there are good men and women who in opposition only languish on the opposite benches, when in Government they could really contribute. Paddy Ashdown as an ex-professional soldier would, I feel, have had much more idea of the armed forces and defence than many of the previous politically chosen defence ministers. A doctor, who I heard giving an interview, apart from knowing what he was talking about, would have a closer link and feeling to all those employed in the NHS and such a person would have certainly improved this failing part of the public sector. This is but to name two of probably dozens who could do a better job than is at present the case.
So yes, a coalition Government may have quite some points in it's favour, and as Ms Kay rightly pointed out in her article, the present Socialist Coalition governing the Baleares has had their popularity rating increase over their first two years in office, so they must be doing something right - or is it that the other party were doing it wrong?!
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