Voters are not stupid

There is the belief that voters around the globe are an idiotic mass, simple to manipulate and not able to choose according to their interests or principles.

Still, many examples in very different countries show that this is not the case, that people vote, possibly in a way that observers don’t understand or don’t like, but following a logic.

The last example is the differential vote in Barcelona between European and Municipal elections.

A fully different  result even if in an environment deeply affected by ideological and pre-political approaches that should have dictated univocal behavior.

That was not the case.  See those results below, from newspaper La Vanguardia

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Veltrone may win

I think I wrote in this blog some years ago that Veltrone could have been the Italian Zapatero.  He missed his occasion while he was the secretary of the PDS and he retired to Roma’s municipality announcing a subsequent trip to Africa.

Now, coherence is not always a politicians’ characteristic, he tries again.

I think he can win.  Not so much for his qualities as for the dis-qualities of his adversaries, from left to right.

He just need to have, and to show, a little bit more of courage (not one of his most obvious feature) and he might take over from his historical predecessors, a long line of Christian Democrats governors.