Dan Hancox on the rocky road facing Podemos ahead of national elections on December 20.
‘I have defeat tattooed in my DNA,’ Pablo Iglesias said in a debate on television last year, a month after announcing the formation of a new political entity called Podemos. ‘My great-uncle was shot dead. My grandfather was given the death sentence and spent five years in jail. My grandmothers suffered the humiliation of those defeated in the Civil War. My father was put in jail. My mother was politically active in the underground. It bothers me enormously to lose, I can’t stand it. And I’ve spent many years, with some friends, devoting almost all of our political activity to thinking about how we can win.’
Continue reading Dan Hancox’s review of Politics in a Time of Crisis: Podemos and the Future of a Democratic Europe by Pablo Iglesias in the London Review of Books.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/12/15/dan-hancox-review-podemos-iglesias/