Mr. Prime Minister of Spain:
We are writing to you on behalf of citizenship and experiencing deep unease about the situation of political, economic and institutional deterioration in our country seems about to sink.
We do not question the legitimacy of his government, but we want to note that legitimate electoral victory the PP won the November 20, 2011, was based on a program where no record any measures you have implemented since then, under the pretext to resolve the dire economic crisis we suffer without achieving anything but agudizarla further.
In its election manifesto even those who have suffered brutal cuts investments and public services in our country insinuated. Nor were announced in the investiture debate, and thereafter, members of the government that you are dedicated to consistently deny their own policies, an exercise in hypocrisy unprecedented since the establishment of the Spanish democracy. As a result of their practices, broad sectors of society feel that we are facing a blatant Non compliance of “electoral agreement” established between the PP and their voters. And we believe that this situation can only be democratically resolved if the government program before we ignored and now suffer is submitted to the same voters who brought him to power.
The deterioration that are undergoing social and labor rights and safety nets, cuts in education, health and social services field, deterioration and abandonment to which it is subjected rural areas, the impoverishment of the majority of the population, the elimination of women’s rights, the injustice of the measures being taken and the realization that the rich and powerful in our country not only help to alleviate this situation, but they are getting shirk their responsibilities, and to get richer at the expense of all, are fueling a sense of popular indignation which translates into a deep animosity toward those implementing policies that attack citizens instead of protecting their interests. In this situation, we face a serious and growing risk of democratic disaffection, as is reflected in the latest survey of CIS-.
Part of the disaffection felt by citizens towards democratic institutions is justified by the distance perceived between what political representatives say when in election campaign and what they do when they come to power, how political activity is exercised and the relationship established institutions and political formations with citizens.
For these reasons, and protecting us in Article 92.1 of the Spanish Constitution, which states: “Political decisions of special importance may be referred to a consultative referendum of all citizens”, we demand a binding referendum be held on cuts they are changing the reality of our country and the daily life of its inhabitants.
Your government can no longer hide behind the argument that the citizens voted them to overcome the crisis and the measures now applied in that direction. Because if people want the crisis is over, we want and are entitled to know how to do, what will our conditions and life expectancy, and if efforts to conduct shall be made in a balanced way.
The November 20 nobody could rule on the lowering of dismissal on the individualization of labor relations, cuts in education, health and social services, which include attention to dependenia, on increasing taxes on salary reduction and loss of employment in public administrations and enterprises, cuts in dependence on the reduction of unemployment benefits … Those are the issues responsible for many of their constituents feel shortchanged by their government. Our initiative aims to give them the opportunity to comment on what his campaign and its election palmed them a year ago.
We are not proposing anything quirky. No democratic president should fear public consultations, and besides, there are precedents. In the eighties the socialist government, despite having an absolute majority of 202 deputies, put to a referendum Spain’s entry into NATO. It was then, as now, a policy decision of special significance that had not previously figured in its election manifesto.
We again find ourselves “political decisions of special importance” because they can drastically limit the exercise of civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution of 1978. If then citizens were called to approve it in a referendum, now no one should deny the opportunity to comment again on amendments that, in fact, the cuts imposed on that text. If we add the universal effect of measures that all Spaniards suffer none of us was able to review them, no one can be surprised that the Government ask you chair to hold a referendum in which citizens can express freely their views on whether this is the way to go to overcome the crisis.