I think it’s a law of nature: Weekend equals bad weather. It’s remarkably chilly, the clouds are low, and the water that falls out of them occasionally is cold – believe my in that last point: it started to rain when I was on my way to the election office. Election? Yes the Bavarian parliament (Ger., Eng.) – the access to the trough needs re-adjustment. This time it were five ballot papers, two for the parliament in grey, two for the Bezirkstag (a Bavarian specialty) in blue, and one in yellow with four questions about changes in the Bavarian constitution – incredible, but this lawless state has a constitution. One question was very interesting, regarding the rights of the parliament that should be strengthened. I agreed.
This election could be totally uninteresting, but it takes place just one week before the election of the Bundestag (Ger., Eng.), the national parliament. So all candidates and parties look what will happen, trying to decide whether it will be an indication for the next weekend or not. The only thing I am interested in – there is no realistic chance that the reigning party will be swept out of office in Bavaria – is the performance of the so-called Liberale, the right-wing parties, and the voter participation. This is a problem, the turnout becomes lower and lower from campaign to campaign. We’ll know in the evening.
Commentators and the published opinion seem to believe that the result of next Sunday is already established, Merkel again, together with the so-called Liberale or not. I am not so convinced. Or maybe it’s just my wish. Merkel reminds me every day more of Kohl and the politically stagnation he stands for, it is one damn muddling along. Throw in a bit more than the usual contempt the “professional” “politician” shows for the “simple man in the street”, and it is possible that there is another chancellor after the 22nd of September. But I think people will simply not go to the election, the overall feeling of futility may prevail. Should this really come true, a problem for the democracy as a whole may develop in this society. I am not sure who said it, but the big advantage of a democratically elected government is that you can get rid of it, legally and without bloodshed.
This Sunday Music features Marian McPARTLAND (Ger., Eng.) on piano, the always astounding Joe MORELLO (Ger., Eng.) on drums and the very competent bass player Bill CROW (Ger., Eng.); they tickle toe at the Hickory House (Eng.). It’s just music against the grey – hope you enjoy it, and have a great week.