“The monarchy serves only to serve itself.“ – Francisco Umbral
What does the Monarchy “really” mean in Spain today? Little more than ornament, splendor and swagger of its members… or explain it to me, please!
After the embarrassing news that have surrounded the Spanish royal family in the recent months, it would not be surprising that now a possible abdication of Juan Carlos I by his son Philip is being considered, that is, a facelift. Because nobody is going to let such a dynasty – substantial family business, with more than 300 years under his belt and an invaluable heritage – disappear only because of a gossip.
And they have already completed the image of an united, happy and exemplary family; also the image that they have an essential role as mediators in international relations. During the past year, events have amply refuted both arguments, it is possible to realise it just by taking a look at the press of recent months…
For all this, a balance should be done of what their royal activities are, what inversion they imply and what objective profitability they bring to our country. The same tes or evaluation that we would do about a minister of foreign affairs, ambassador, etc…. Role of “representation”? That is, clearly speaking, work of selfpromotion? I would say, just having a photo taken with one and another, and little else….
Starting differencing between these two aspects would help the good health of our democracy. It would be good to seriously consider to have a tighter control over the activities carried out by them every day, week, month; where they go, why they go, which speech, which clothes, justification of that activity… just have an evolution, as objective as possible of if their “contribution to Spain” really deserves all the privileges they enjoy…
Secrecy, silence, concealment, half-measures… and, moreover, the new Transparency Law also excludes monarchy, which is outrageous…
Thus, given the special and complex situation of extreme crisis that exists in Spain today, it would not be surprising that, as they did in the past, they took the opportunity to “sneak” Felipe VI, almost without us realizing it…
“We have to take care of our young democracy…” said Felipe a few days ago. I would add that, despite the “youth” of the Spanish democracy (he has counted since 1978…), we have learned quickly, we can read between the lines and do not need “mentors”… democracy does not need mentors.
The Spanish Constitution of 1812, fitting its time, could be summarized with “Down with the French and we’ll take care of ourselves”. That is, let’s give the power to the Bourbons and the Church, because this is Spain…. Nobody would say that was 200 years ago!
In 1978 there were 22 million Spanish citizen, 15 of which voted for the Constitution (no other choice). Today it is over 40 million of us, but many are no longer willing to keep this dynasty “by the grace of god” for ever and ever.
Are we on the verge of abdication? That is possible…
Then, welcome to the real world, Felipe!
We’ll be waiting outside the Almudena Cathedral (in Madrid) after your enthronement, after prelate Rouco Varela has give his blessing to your new historical mission. We will be there, holding our tricolor flags, greeting you with: “We want a REFERENDUM!”
For those who believe in the monarchy in any form, it is a detriment to democracy. This is a call to reflect and go one way or another; it’s time to join hands, break the silence, go out with one voice, make ourselves heard, “We want to choose our head of state!” “No privileges” “No more monarchy!”