- IÑAKI ELLAKURÍA
Viernes, 13 diciembre 2019 – 03:20
Miquel Iceta softens its proposal to modify the linguistic immersion and the internal current Reds asks not to ally with ERC
The debate by the definition of Catalonia as a nation and the linguistic immersion in the school are the main elements of friction of a 14 Congress of the PSC that is presumed placid and triumphant for Miquel Iceta.
Despite this military walk of the socialist dome in the conclave that begins this Friday in Barcelona, the internal stream Red, led by Xavier Marín, has tabled a battery of amendments to the political presentation so that the party departs from the most sovereignists and resign to ally with ERC.
In the amendments of the critical current to which “El Mundo” has access, they recall that, without disregarding the “multi-identity character of Spain”, the idea of “nation is a creation of nationalism” and therefore uses a “”identity criterion” that they see incompatible defending an egalitarian society.
“The nation, as defined by nationalism, is incompatible with that vision of identity secularism and contrary to the basic rights of those who do not share the correct identity,” they add to their amendment. A text that claims that the presentation of the congress of the PSC, which carries the motto Social Justice, feminism, ecology, avoid recognizing Catalonia as a nation. “It’s not,” they say.
In the negotiations that Eva Granados, spokesman for the parliamentary group of the PSC, has been piloted in recent days with the representatives of Rojos to try to agree on a joint position, the socialist dome has reiterated that it will neither nuance nor change its definition Catalonia as a nation. “We have been defending this position since the party’s founding on July 18, 1978, and we see no reason to change now,” they say.
In this sense, Iceta has submitted his candidacy to continue as first secretary of the PSC as a guarantee to ensure “the recognition of his plural national reality, strengthening self-government, improving funding”. And it advocates promoting the recognition of the diversity of Spain and promoting Catalonia’s “active participation” in Spanish policy decisions in the European Union.
Another aspect that the critical current will lead to debate at this weekend’s congress is the controversial linguistic immersion, an angular part of nationalist indoctrination in the Catalan classrooms over the past four decades.
The leadership of the PSC proposed to modify that model devised by Jordi Pujol, but in the face of criticism of the political and media independence that accused them of “attacking the Catalan school” and the sovereign sectors of the PSC – the mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, is one of its benchmarks- it has finally chosen to dilute its initial approach.
Thus, the text that the socialist dome will wear in plenary underlines that Catalan will remain the only “vehicular language” in the educational system, while according to the need of each educational center will be “vehicular curriculum contents in Spanish and English.”
“The essence of our initial proposal remains, which is to make the immersion system more flexible and strengthen the presence of Spanish and English,” says Granados, who together with Joan Francesc Marco has been one of the drivers that the Catalan Socialists open a subject that seemed taboo.
“The immersion should only be understood as a method”, adds Granados responding to immobilists. The Catalan Socialists also maintain in the political presentation that the independence process has “broken many consensuses” which must now be revised and modified from the consensus.
REDS: EQUALITY BETWEEN CATALAN AND SPANISH
In front of the nuanced position of the PSC dome, Rojos advocates eliminating immersion and establishing a model of equality between Catalan and Spanish. Dismantling in this way a system that they consider more ideological than pedagogical. “If the goal is bilingualism, then we must raise the need to question everything, in that what is observed is a conscientious eagerness to make the Spanish language disappear, the majority in the popular classes, from public, educational and social space” Designates. The Reds and Granados are expected to arrive in the next few hours in an intermediate position to avoid the public clash this weekend.
Another aspect that critics will emphasize is that in the proposed federally keyed constitutional reform, which is marked by Catalan socialism, the fundamental law “closes the development of the autonomous state” and shields state competences in a “renewed framework of institutional loyalty and interterritorial solidarity.”
Among the competences of the Generalitat that the central government must reclaim with “urgency” is, for Reds, the control of the Mossos. The left, they claim, cannot remain “on the margins” or in “warm positions” in the face of the Catalan independence process.
Principles that clash with Iceta’s commitment to foster government pacts in the town halls and the Generalitat with ERC.