Today there are elections in Spain. There have been some shameful incidents in the run-up. In Pontevedra a young thug thumped the president, Mariano Rajoy, in the face. This came shortly after Sánchez, the Socialist candidate, descended to such a low level of crude name-calling in what was supposed to be a debate on television, that it made me wonder.
The main thing it made me wonder was: why the hell do we not have more democracy in our societies than this tawdry spectacle every four years? Why do we not have democratic local councils, where people have a voice in deciding what happens in their local environment? Why don’t we have schools where parents and teachers can get together to decide what they want for their children?
Why don’t we have democratic schools?
I have no answer for this question.