A novel sight was on display in southern Europe yesterday: voters actually choosing their next prime minister. Over the past month, the Greeks and Italians have seen their leaders tossed out of office and replaced with unelected technocrats. In the case of Spain, which went to the polls yesterday, the leader, socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, also left – but this time his exit was scheduled well in advance. And Spaniards were actually consulted on who his successor should be. All the indications last night were that they plumped for conservative Mariano Rajoy. Yet although exit polls showed the Popular party had a 13-point lead in the opinion polls over the outgoing socialists, Mr Rajoy and his team are not acting like they are in charge.