When I was a child, I used to have imaginary friends, invisible to the rest. I even gave them full names and features, and still remember them fondly. Somehow, I link this to the Alberto Fernández administration, cause they seem to make up and collect imaginary enemies during this endless pandemic. Runners came first, supposedly spreading the virus while jogging. Then, all the parents who wanted to send their children back to kindergarten and schools, so that they could have contact with other kids. The countryside has always been the main target of Kirchnerism, in spite of the fact that cattle breeding and crops still are the biggest source of income. It goes without saying that the opposition is its arch enemy, and both Fernández keep blaming it for all our ills. These last few weeks, they’ve taken aim at all those Argentines who dared to travel abroad (for pleasure, work or simply to get vaccinated), and won’t let them come back home. They keep punishing us: that’s their “expertise.” They scold and punish us all the time, as if we were spoilt brats. Hopefully, at the PASO primary elections, they might realise many of us are fed up, responsible adults, who are longing for a change. We’ll see…
Irene Bianchi, Ringuelet, La Plata
‘LISTA SABANA’ BUT WITH VOTERS
For me it seems a good idea that in the PASO primaries we can choose between two or more ‘listas’ from the same party. That way we can choose which candidates are included in the ‘lista sabana,’ instead of a single political boss writing down the names of the whole lista.
Luis Spallarossa, via email
ADVANCING WHILST RETREATING
For the benefit of a concerted effort to resoundly defeat Kirchnerismo in the upcoming midterm elections, Patricia Bullrich has stepped aside from the PASO primaries and taken charge of the nationwide PRO campaign. In so doing, she put country before personal political ambition and in the process, whilst retreating, her figure advances as a mature all-round politician, properly motivated and with a far-flung vision.
Very unfortunately the reaction by the opposition to Daniel Ortega’s march towards tyranny, in Nicaragua, came too late, as we see at present. So that the same does not occur in Argentina, it is quite essential that our opposition roundly defeats officialdom in November. As representative Mario Negri has stated, in our parliament we are only seven seats away from losing the republic. So, once the primaries are over, the opposition must campaign fully united and without fissures, because otherwise the party will be over, in the two senses of the word “party”...
Hopefully other leading figures in Juntos por el Cambio will be infected with Patricia’s broad view, so that a smashing victory can be achieved, because: “It’s the Republic, darn it”!
Harry Ingham. City
To those of us who have read Facundo Manes’ gripping books or who have listened to him mesmerised whenever he is interviewed on TV, the news that he will run as a candidate for the Province of Buenos Aires has been really uplifting. According to Martín Lousteau, the neuroscientist approaches politics with a great sense of vocation and, because he is a social democrat, he must be in favour of carrying out truly inclusive policy. Manes is for meritocracy and, if he believes that there is no gain without pain, he must in turn be a supporter of middle-class values. Manes and Lousteau have paired up for the photo in the media but it seems they are also like-minded in many political aspects, for instance, the fact that “We have to take care of the state, not have undue spending.“Moreover, Manes’ statement that Argentina
needs a moral awakening singles him out as a crusader against dishonesty, which has rendered our country, like Hamlet’s Denmark, “an unweeded garden that grows to seed” – the best definition of corruption that I have ever heard.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE: PART 151
Oops! Nelly got it wrong last week. Uncle Albert reversed gear and issued a DNU authorising the import of Yankee vaccines despite adamant opposition from his party in Congress, reluctant to embarrass the veep. Simultaneously, to make amends, he lauded the Chinese Communist party celebrating its first centenary, without making mention of some 50 million citizens ‘erased’ during the Cultural Revolution. No mention of the bloody suppression of dissent by students at Tiananmen Square, either. A very selective viewpoint!
Recent economic statistics tend to confirm that we are currently a submerging economy and, as for ‘standing alone,’ this happens to be an interesting ‘figure of screech!!!’ Topsy-turvy land, Argentina, and no mistake!
David Parsons, via email