Marius Carol, 12 October 2021
The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and the head of the CUP parliamentary group, Dolors Sabater, in the Parliament in July. David Zorrakino / EP / arxiu
Catalan politics is essentially inscrutable even for those who are responsible for it. That the partners of the Catalan Government prefer to agree on the Generalitat’s budgets with the CUP’s anti-systems to do so with the socialists PSC, which have announced that are willing to make it easy because of the country’s responsibility, is fascinating.
President Pere Aragonès has repeated it in the ERC Autumn School, despite the growing tension with the Cup in the negotiations in recent weeks. Josep Pla was just as right when he ventured to write that the situation of Catalan in history has given him so many headaches that, at certain moments, he has stopped thinking about reality: “The fact that Catalan seems like a man who does not think comes from the fact that he does not want to think about his country, and as a consequence he does not want to think about anything ”.
There is nothing more urgent than the Catalan Government having budgets to face the way out of the crisis after a pandemic that has weakened us in body and soul. The president prioritizes the pact with a party like the CUP, which is the fifth political force, and not with the PSC, which is the first. Why? Well, because the CUP are pro-independence, but their model for a hypothetical Catalan state is incompatible with what republicans and post-convergents defend, to the point that they even advocate leaving the EU.
Aragonès prioritizes agreeing budgets with the CUP and not with the PSC, but they do not make it easy
In exceptional moments, and now is one of these moments, the logic would be that the three main parties of the Parliament agree to pact on budgets to face the complexity of what is coming to us. And, even more, it would enter into the same logic that could lead ERC – and perhaps JxCat – to agree on the accounts of the Government of Spain, which would entail compensation to improve the lives of Catalans. Fortunately, there is still time for common sense to prevail. The problem, Pla also wrote, is that “the Catalan cannot stop being what he is; and the dark tendencies of the individual and collective unconscious are probably above all possible will ”. Hopefully this new generation of Catalan politicians denies the author of the Gray Quadern as a doom.