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Reproduced with the kind permission of Guiomar Ramírez-Montesinos at xabiaaldia.es with translation by Christine Betterton-Jones


If you look at methods of governance, you can divide the parties into two groups. On the one hand there are those who clearly back citizen participation and open government and on the other, parties which belong to the old school (although they sometimes try to appear modern).

José Chulvi (PSPV) will probably receive the most votes, and he will have to decide how to form a government. Probably he will need about four more council members, and so he will have to agree with one or two parties to form a coalition. He has a long affinity with Nueva Jávea as they have worked together in opposition on more than one occasion and there is harmony in the way they address issues. Xàbia Democrática could also be a good choice to join a governing coalition since they, from the moment of their formation, have shared the PSPV's backing for real citizen participation.

The best thing for the town would be a government formed of these three because a broad spectrum of the population would then be well represented. But there is still friction between Nueva Jávea and Xàbia Democrática as the latter broke away from the former, an issue which could hamper the deal. In this case, if the ERPV gets a councillor, then the PSPV could form a government with Jaume Ivorra and one of the two aforementioned independent parties.

It is however possible that there could be another type of coalition in the Town Hall, not centred on the PSPV. Suppose the PP succeeds in gaining five councillors. With whom could they form a pact? No doubt it would be with their current partners in government, the Bloc-Centristas and CPJ (and this would be with the blessing of Valencia). In the best scenario, these two would have four councillors between them, and if UCID had another, the four parties could get close to achieving ten councillors.

They would still need one more for a majority. But from where? This "old school" group of parties has a very different way of doing politics to the others and the two ways of working has been diverging during the last Administration. Perhaps, and despite everything that divides them, this could give the key to Xàbia Democrática to force negotiations to be included in the governing team. Provided, of course, that the number of councillors they win would give the position of mayor to Castelló, or even Anton himself.

This option is not impossible, but unlikely. This is because the contrasting styles of doing politics in such a four party coalition would compromise governance and with it any attempt to encourage citizen participation and open government, a cornerstone of Xàbia Democrática's policies.

What will be will be. Let us hope that whichever coalition forms after the elections, it is the best coalition for all the people of Jávea.(Now cross your fingers and go and lay your bets.)

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Monday 9th May 2011