Daniel G. Sastre – BARCELONA – MIÉRCOLES, 16/09/2020
Miquel Iceta during his speech in the plenary session of the general policy debate in the Parliament. / FERRAN NADEU
The first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, has focused his first intervention in the general policy debate in the Parliament on reviewing, under a critical prism, the management of the Government chaired by Quim Torra. He has expressed his conclusions at two different moments of the speech: when he said that “the processism has been a great lie that has culminated in a great failure” and when he has asked the ‘president’ to “call the elections” before they precipitate the intervention of the Supreme Court.
The PSC leader recalled that Torra considered the legislature “exhausted” in January, and has been surprised that, after doing so, he has remodeled the Government and has not called elections, despite the fact that even in times of coronavirus they have been held in Euskadi and Galicia.
As an example that the “logic of confrontation” that has marked Torra’s mandate has not borne fruit in practice, Iceta has stressed that “no member of your Government, not yourself, have met with any member of the European Commission “. “The confrontation is not intelligent,” he said, borrowing recent statements from Carles Puigdemont. It has not been the only play on words that the PSC leader has used; He has also repeatedly referred to the debate going on these days as a “general disorientation debate” rather than a “general orientation debate”.
Spanish “is not a second language”
After recalling some economic injections to the Generalitat and regretting that Torra has not bothered to try to improve regional financing, Iceta has dedicated part of his time to vindicate the Catalanism of the PSC and to differentiate it from the line of action of the Government in that area. “They will find us against making Spanish appear as a second language. We do not believe that Spanish should be used only in private, as the ‘regional minister’ for Culture said. It is the language of many Catalans, we should not think at all that they should give it up “, has said.
In the final part of his speech, the leader of the Catalan Socialists explained why he believes that Torra should already call elections, beyond the “social and economic decline and political degradation” that his administration has brought. “I would not extend the life of this Government any longer, it is not worth it. Let the Catalans be the ones who tell us how they want us to start a new stage,” he said.
And he added, in reference to the hearing this Thursday in the Supreme Court that could end with the disqualification of Torra: “No one is above the law, and it is better for Catalonia that the ‘president’ is the one who calls the elections” .