Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida 3/5/2021
CUP MCP, Vidal Aragonés, intervenes after the appearance of the councilor of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper, in the Permanent Council of the Parliament. Quique Garcia / EFE
Three weeks have passed since our anticipated appointment with the polls, after a legislature that the rulers themselves had recognized had no route ahead. If the extension of that exhausted mandate was of any use, it was precisely to emphasize the lack of agreements between the two members of the Government. It seems clear that there is something more than political rivalry between them. Quite simply, and to put it mildly, they loathe each other.
However, everything seems to indicate that the next government will offer us more of the same. In other words, those who were not eager to project their malice and inefficiency and who took us to the polls to overcome their deficiencies will once again be the head of the next executive. Someone can rightly say that saddlebags were not needed for this trip. And as if that were not enough, in the dabbling rituals prior to the agreement, both have once again paid homage to the CUP. I say again, because history repeats itself. Months before the CUP became the administrator of history’s trash can, Republicans and Convergentes in 2015 did the unspeakable to delight the anti-establishment.
Questioning the Catalan police Mossos does not dynamite the oppressive Spanish State itself, but the promised own Catalan State instead
On that occasion, the CUP obtained from them the declaration of November 9 proclaiming “the democratic disconnection of the Spanish State”, without any respect for the decisions of its institutions, and in particular those of the Constitutional Court. To avoid unnecessary blushes, I am saving you from reviewing the occasions in which the pro-independence movement has sought protection from the supreme interpreter of the Spanish Constitution. But now, the CUP has taken from Junts and ERC something much more harmful for independence purposes. By questioning the authority of the Catalan police Mossos, the oppressive State is not dynamited, but the promised but not created State of its own. This is what it means to go hand in hand with the anti-establishment! By the way, could anyone point to an example of a government that relies on a force whose political cause is anti-establishment activism? Don’t waste your time, you won’t find it.
Allow me a remark. I do not doubt that some statements on freedom of expression should be reviewed in the Criminal Code. But what is happening these days in the streets of Barcelona has nothing to do with freedom of expression, which in any case should never be the freedom of some to do whatever they want. We would do well to stop focusing on a tacky rapper and focus our attention on the response of a part of our youth. And of those who cheer their manifestations. It is true that unemployment, the failure of our educational system, the breakdown of many families … and, don’t forget, the frustration of the procés have a lot to do with what is happening. But a deeper virus affects our society. With two different strains and both lethal. That of exacerbated individualism that deals only with one’s own freedoms. And that of Adamism, which despises being indebted to the efforts of past generations. Either in the field of freedoms or social welfare. In any case, it will take a long time to repair the damage that street violence and the response of our Government cause to Barcelona and Catalonia.
It will take as well a long time to reverse the political blockade that means having to resort to the same expired government formula that caused the anticipation of the elections. The division of Catalonia into at least two halves will not be overcome until the wall that separates them is crossed from both sides. The result of the February 14 elections also offers this possibility. Catalonia is in a process of decline and the sooner the division wall is overcome, the better. It is the hour of the urgent exercise of responsibility. Knowing that there will be no shortage of accusations of treason. But the time has come to lose the fear of words.