Sunday, November 28

Messimanía y Madrileñophobia – Information


Although it would be necessary to add the daily monserga with the data of incidence, vaccination and hospital discharges due to the coronavirus, part of a clear strategy to try to achieve the so-called herd immunity.

I must confess that I have never been a fan of any football team, not even those from my hometown, Madrid, and that there is something that deeply disgusts me about what is, above all, a global show that moves millions.

I have never really understood that astronomical amounts are paid to certain players, however star they may be, in a country where scientists have to splice junk contracts if they can find work.

A country that seems to want to continue honoring the famous phrase of our most racial Unamuno: “Let them invent!”

How to explain that, instead of causing deep indignation the fact that players like Messi defraud the Treasury with their millions, were instead applauded by certain people when they were called to testify?

Just as Spaniards should be ashamed of the fact that there is compatriots who cheer soccer players like heroes or bullfighters accused of mistreating their women.

Apart from the Messi case, whose departure from Barca, seems to have caused a national trauma, the political issue of the week is one to which the inimitable Isabel Díaz Ayuso has already accustomed us: her insistence on accusing the central government of “Madrileñophobia”.

The president of the Madrid Community has well learned the populist strategy of promoting a false sense of identity by erecting mental barriers against the “other”.

The alphabet of the populists is to first create an enemy, in this case the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, who, although from Madrid, supposedly hates Madrid.

It is as if the Madrid PP had learned that strategy directly from the Catalans of the tiresome “Spain steals from us.”

Once the enemy is created, all the stereotypes, fears and prejudices of the majority have to be projected onto it in order to exploit it politically, which is what it is all about.

Díaz Ayuso thus speaks of the “Madrileños” as if they were a homogeneous community of which she has decided to become a patron saint.

A compact community in which it seems that it does not matter in the least the fact that, as in others, there are rich and poor, workers who do not make ends meet and rentiers who live large.

A community that benefits from the concentration within it of all State institutions as well as a radial model of infrastructures to the detriment of the peripheral ones.

And what, with their tax cuts and rebates, also practices a clear fiscal dumping to attract companies and assets, something that other communities that feel harmed do not tire of denouncing.

The response of the Government of the Madrid Community is to invite the others to lower taxes with the argument, already discredited around the world, of the benefits of the so-called “spill-over effect” or “trickle-down economy”.

That is to say with the fiction that the fact reduce business taxes and for the rich it serves above all to generate more employment, with which people spend more and increase the collection of the Treasury.


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