Juan Milián 9 december 2019
Foto: EMILIO MORENATTI | AP
Politologist and politician. Processologist by obligation, Mediterranean by vocation. He wrote a book.
Take a little distance – and a chamomile – and see what you’ve said and done for the past seven years. Aren’t you ashamed?
I do not understand you, friend. You have studies – a degree and a master – you travel constantly and work in a multinational company, but in politics you use Bea Talegón or Ramón Cotarelo’s tweets as a source of authority. Your salary triples that of the neighbors of the avenue you block every night in those unproductive displays of yellow exhibitionism. You defend exclusive monolingualism in public school, but take your children to private multilingual schools. You have everything, but you go down the street curled up muttering I don’t know what about political prisoners.
You had never been the most coherent in the group, but the symptoms of cognitive dissonance began to worsen in 2012. Two years after the Constitutional Court ruling you shouted: up to here! You did not know any of the few articles of the Statute of autonomy annulled or reinterpreted, but that lagging “will of the people” dragged you to the street. Everything was possible and everything was to be done. It was time for independence and, despite the obvious corruptions of the nationalist party in power, you never touched or talked about mismanagement and lack of honesty of its leaders.
You came up and assured that the European Union wanted Catalonia to become a member state, because we would contribute as much or more than Germany. In addition, we are Carolingians and such … but not supremacist. At the same time you raised the “Espanya ens roba” (Spain steals us) and you knew by heart how many euros went every minute, every hour, every day and every year to the rest of Spain and didn’t come back. But … you wanted to be in solidarity with Eastern Europe, but not with Southern Spain? You never answered this.
The UE institutions kept reiterating that a region that separates from a member state becomes a third state and, therefore, is outside the European Union. However, you assured that you had very well connected friends in Brussels who had confessed to you that they would be pragmatic there and that the treaties would be skipped just as you were going to skip the Constitution. Of course they were reveries that would soon lead to frustration and europhobia.
However, innumerable historical days and master plays designed by politicians endowed with superior cunning had yet to happen. I remember the day you assaulted me in the middle of the street screaming that you were no longer satisfied with federalism, the fiscal pact or a constitutional reform. That you now wanted everything: Ho volem tot! “Independence, socialism and Catalan countries”. My response was too ironic for the tolerance levels you claimed to have. Didn’t you need to be seduced with offers that filled your narcissism or lack of self-esteem? The process was a solemn thing – solemn nonsense – and, therefore, irony was dangerous. Your thing was rather sarcasm and Lol in TV3 (Catalan public television). Cheap humor
The thing was evolving. You stopped talking about the 16,000 million euros of the supposed fiscal deficit, but you didn’t do it because it was one of the most obvious hoaxes of the process, but because the fiscal xenophobia was not cool in the Europe of rights. Now, however, you return to it, because, outside of Catalonia, only the xenophobes and the most reactionary left have supported you.
You also assured that the banks would support an independent Catalonia. When they left with thousands of companies, you accused the King of instigating them with insistent phone calls. I do not know, it seemed that you believed any argument of the pro-independence parties or the alleged civil associations, all are the same. In addition, you were proud of the eccentricities of Puigdemont and you sent us thousands of whatsapp messages with their supposed achievements, like the one in your photo showing off the five notifications of the Constitutional Court that he was going to disobey. You were prevented by us: nobody is above the law, but you said that neither disqualifications nor fines would stop you, because the “Spanish law” would no longer apply in Catalonia in a matter of weeks. Somebody from a subsidized digital had told you that international recognitions were on its way. And that independence was unstoppable, although five years before you had already assured that you were one inch from it. You read a book by somebody named Quim Torra entitled Els ultims 100 meters (The last 100 meters).
When we told you that this madness put self-government at risk and that we should preserve coexistence, you laughed. You made fun of saying we were “acollonits” (frightened) because now you were serious. You retweeted Puigdemont ensuring the United States and the European Union would recognize the results of the illegal referendum.
Your enthusiasm made it impossible for you to see both reality and our concern.
Finally, you made the coup and the distance between the promises and the results led you to some confusion for a few days. So many energies invested in the process, so many illusions and bravado, could not end in anything and, even less, in the recognition of a hoax. Then, when they treated you like adults and you had to assume the consequences of your actions, you started to cry. You demanded empathy. The one you never had with most of the Catalans who weren’t for the breakup. Now it turns out that everything was a bluff, you just want dialogue.
Later, when the application of article 155 was lifted, you went back to the streets and made sure that you would do what you did a week ago you said you had not done. Cognitive dissonance became stronger than ever. You belittle and justify the violence. You share an interview with a son of a priest and a nun who calls to die for independence on hunger strikes. You will not skip even a snack and you know it. Now you also ensure that the European Union is fascist and that you no longer want to be part of it. It is the fable of the fox and the grapes. You also say that Canada is not a full democracy and that it is controlled by an extreme right that does not allow the entry of your hero Puigdemont.
Anyway, you continue to annoy the workers with your performances (blocks) in the Meridiana avenue every day in the evening and cover the “dirty rags” of your leaders with the rag of the estelada (independence flag). You continue to act as a ludopath with public money by justifying the dilapidation of millions in hate and lies. Take a little distance – and a chamomile – and see what you’ve said and done for the past seven years. Aren’t you ashamed?