Mexico is currently gearing up for a big round of political elections in July. By gearing up I mean to say that every wall, in Mexico City at least, is being plastered with the faces, party slogans and symbols of the political parties here. If a wall doesn’t have a poster on it, that’s because someone has painted the message on the whole wall instead. Maybe ten feet in height by thirty feet in length. Aye, there’ll be no escaping this election. It should though be mentioned that most of these faces do look like escapees. From prison, or the asylum, take your pick.
To summarize the political parties competing. The PRI held the country in a one party dictatorship for 70 years until 2000. The PAN then ousted them and are scheming to run the country for the next 70 years. The PRD are a large group of market stall holders who would love to run the country forever, and will enter into any coalition going to further their aim. The Green Party, meanwhile, want to spread love, install litter bins and then grow huge forests of trees, from the branches of which they intend to hang people. Because they care about life. Yes, really. Their words, not mine.
It does seem a bit bizarre. A Green party putting the death penalty into its manifesto. But it’s true, which is why the rest of the worlds green parties are giving them something of a cold shoulder. I think this is what they call ‘jumping on a bandwagon’. Also known as ‘selling out’. Anything to get a few more votes. What I really love about their advertising campaign though, beyond all else, is that they have recruited a very attractive senorita from pop group Rebelde (Mexico’s Spice Girls – I know, there are boys in the band too, but they are gay, so…) to put out their message.
As the words ‘death penalty’ slips off her tongue, her perfect rose red lips don’t for a moment break from the (surgically implanted?) perma-smile that is otherwise so enchanting. If the volume were muted, you’d swear she must be offering free sweeties to all children. If I find the video on YouTube, I will of course post it. Death has never looked so tempting.