happy families

A paragraph from from Cantueso’s Shoptalk blog amused me. In the interests of political objectivity, I’ll point out that he starts the post by stating “En mi pueblo el alcalde es del PP”, whereas in my pueblo, the mayor is from the PSOE. It really doesn’t matter either way:

Como el alcalde tiene mucho trabajo, lo comparte con sus suegros, primos, primas, sobrinos, yernos, nueras, y con los familiares y amigos de éstos. Por eso el ayuntamiento es como una gran familia donde todos se quieren […]

which roughly translates as:

The mayor is a very busy man, so he shares the work with his in-laws, his cousins, his nephews and nieces, and all their friends and relations. This means the local council is one big happy family where everybody loves each other […]

How could anyone want to change such a system?

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

2 thoughts on “happy families”

  1. But the system is very very expensive. The Ayuntamiento refused to publish the accounts. The debt may be between 80 million and 100 million euros. There may be all sorts of deals behind these numbers.

    Aguirre is clever and fast, and she pushed out the present mayor and put in a new one, and it worked: again absolute majority. The people voted for a mayor that they do not know who will take over a situation that nothing is known about, and no questions asked.


    1. The system is indeed very, very expensive; and, in many places, corrupt. I hoped it was clear that my “How could anyone want to change such a system?” was not to be taken seriously. Much as I’d like to see it changed, though, the problem is finding a workable alternative.


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