05/11/2019 00:29 Updated 11/05/2019 02:25
The fans of the mus game know very well the real meaning of the órdago consisting in going for broke. The latest movements of a sector of the independence movement are precisely developing in a way that gives the impression that it is intended to move towards the all-out.
After the offers of dialogue by those who obtained more votes in the general elections of last April 28 and the electoral perspectives that could be traced for the municipal and European ones, it does not seem reasonable that the independence movement is obstinate in putting the referendum and the liberation of its politicians ahead of any other consideration of dialogue when we all know that there is much that could be negotiated to improve Catalonia.
It is true that the pro-independence parties have enough -although not enough- votes, but it is also true that in the independence movement there are, at least, two sides confronted when considering the negotiation with Madrid. As if this were not enough the most exalted want to ridicule Spain against the world forgetting that the country has enough reputation to resist the attacks of those who from the independence movement try to convince us that Spain is still a Francoist state.
I think it’s about time that in the same way that the government and the constitutionalist parties offer dialogue within the constitutional framework, the separatists stop thinking that they will convince the world that Catalonia is an oppressed people knocked down by colonialism practiced by the central state.
In recent weeks, with the trial of the procés and with the electoral debates, this is reaching a paroxysm, and even some candidates for the European elections are not thinking about how Europe should be in the future, but imagining that by getting a seat in the European Parliament they will internationalize the Madrid-Barcelona conflict to the extent that this will make independence possible.
Europe, even if some extreme pro-independence fighters want to deny it, is our future and Catalonia is only one of the regions of the European Union, a region that does not figure in the top positions in the ranking in terms of economic, social or cultural potentialities, even though we self-feed the fiction that we are so wonderful.
Here we could say that one thing is what we believe we are and quite another what we really are. We have seen it with the elimination of Barça from the Champions at the hands of Liverpool; or we see it when we see that despite the creativity of some of our young people in technology sectors, large international investments do not come here.
It is becoming necessary that Catalonia and its leaders assume what we are and not what we imagine ourselves to be, and that we give municipal and European votes to parties that move in the realm of realism and not in that of fantasy.