Small town, big world

This week, somewhat drowned out by the news of the snow - and of course the new SUR in English website - the rumblings have continued to emanate from the tremulous local political scene in Alhaurín el Grande.

While the opposition prepares en bloc to oust the current mayor, news reports and posts on social media have revealed the extent of the rifts and rivalry that spread outside the council chambers.

It would make a colourful soap opera: a former mayor convicted of corruption who carries on under the umbrella of a party he founded himself; one of his allies on the council is convicted for causing injury to the husband of another councillor who breaks her party line to join the opposition's vote of no confidence; and this is not the first time it has happened. It would be amusing, if it were not for the fact that somewhere the interests of the local people may appear to have slipped down the priority list.

People go into local politics for a number of reasons: there are those who are there simply because they've never been anywhere else, and others because they like the feeling of power. Of course there are some who stand for election simply because of a vocation to do their bit to improve the lives of the local people; in their case the party initials next to their names mean little in reality and don't necessarily define an ideology or an allegiance. But genuine do-gooders don't make good characters for a soap opera.

On the global scene though, things are different, aren't they? Politicians, and others, aspiring to rule their countries get on with the job with none of the petty squabbling or the personal grudges or the business interests or the rumours and scandals that keep small towns occupied. At least we can rest assured that those entrusted with the real power in the world are sensible, with fair views of what is good for their people...

Sorry, what's that? What did you say was happening in America today?