Josep Miró i Ardèvol – 16/03/2020
Catalanism is beginning to present an electoral profile after Units per Avançar and Poblet’s group have taken decisive steps in shaping an electoral candidacy.
Its challenge is great and it deserves support, because it means presenting an option strong enough and endowed with credibility to obtain a parliamentary representation that initiates the configuration of this space and endows Catalan politics with lost centrality.
It is uncertain to foresee the vote for an electoral list that does not exist, although the book of an expert like Carles Castro provides a solid vision of the issue. On the one hand, we have the equivalent of four or five deputies from the independence bloc who could choose a candidacy of these characteristics. A second voting bag is made up of some 400,000 Ciudadanos voters, former CiU voters, who now disappointed remain abstaining. Joining the two components is not easy, but neither is the other great challenge of the new Catalanism: rebuilding the social and political unity of Catalonia. In fact, both issues, the electoral and a single people, go hand in hand. This is the explicit purpose of the new agreement, blurred by a contradiction (and therefore weakness, if it is not resolved): the red line that they have placed in relation to the two other groups with presence, which are also aligned in Catalanism, Lliures and the Lliga. An a priori exclusion that does not favor the credibility of a new option that is presented as the force that wants to rebuild bridges instead of digging trenches.
They are not all the same, but it is evident that there are no great differences between them, and in any case much smaller than there could be between Units and the PSC, despite having concurred in the past elections.
The arsenal of solutions is large enough to find formulas that unite, instead of going back to the differences by Catalan pedigree. From the formula of the electoral coalition around a common program, like the one that socialists and communists agreed in France and led to the success of François Mitterrand, to representative personal incorporations. In the middle of both there is a choice. It is a matter of credibility and political will.