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Friday, 03 June 2011 07:00

At last, after 10 days of negotiations, PP and PA have formed a coalition to take over the running of Ronda town council from PSOE and its controversial mayor Antonio María Marín Lara. Yes, Toti is finally on his way out to be replaced by new mayor Maripaz Fernández (PP) and her first deputy Isabel Barriga (PA).

As expected, the Partido Popular with seven seats and the Partido Andalucista with five have hammered out a deal to govern in the town. Even though Lara’s party, PSOE, polled more votes than any other party, we’re only talking about 174 more than PP and it was clear that he no longer had the support of local voters.

Despite attempts by Lara to form a coalition of his own, no other party wanted to deal with a politician they regard as untrustworthy following his traitorous act in 2010 of crossing the floor from PA, who had elected him in 2007, to PSOE.

So Lara has been cast into the wilderness and a breath of fresh air will blow through the corridors of power in Ronda.

© Paul Whitelock

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0 #4 2011-06-05 07:17
The two situations simply do not compare. I'll debate this at length with you over a beer, rather than on these pages, but, suffice to say, the SDP was born out of frustration with the Labour Party at the time and for idealistic reasons; Lara was just being a political opportunist interested only in his political career and his own personal gain.
0 #3 2011-06-04 23:00
Well, I´m glad we agree that the Gang of Four and the SDP were also traitorous. I have been looking for the "mot juste" for some time and now you have provided it
0 #2 2011-06-04 06:59
I couldn't agree more, Tony, but my article was about Lara and Ronda, which is current news - not about the SDP, which is distinctly very old news.
0 #1 2011-06-03 14:17
Toti is one of my least favourite local politicians. Good luck to the PA and PP and let´s hope they really do bring a breath of fresh air to the town´s politics.

You used of the term "traitorous act" when you write about Marín crossing the floor, something that has a long pedigree, including in the UK.

It´s unlikely that the junior partner in the current UK coalition government, the Liberal Democrats, would exist had it not been for the Gang of Four, those prominent Labour Party members, two of whom were sitting Labour MPs (Owen and Rodgers), who were warmly welcomed by the SDP 30 years ago. If the SDP had not taken off the way it did, it is unlikely that the present Liberal Democrats would exist in their present form.

If the term "traitorous act" is to be applied to Marín, the term should be applied across the board and, in the name of fairness, all parties that have benefited from such acts have to be condemned too.

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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