Lluís Amiguet, 4 October 2023
Jordi Borràs / ACN
It would be enough with a good fix
An endemic disease of independentism, and therefore of our party system, is the opportunistic attacks of historical transcendence and incorruptible maximalism that promise quick, simple and definitive solutions to complex problems that we have been dragging along for centuries, such as our territorial fit.
I now hear a spokesman for Junts warning that “the amnesty and the referendum will be like the ‘good days’ before starting to negotiate the investiture” and, from the other side of the negotiating table, promises of salvific pacts and historic reunions are being tossed around with candid levity.
Meanwhile, on the streets, the transcendence of the tribunes is ignored; the demonstrations are empty and the beaches of this never-ending summer are nonchalantly filled.
Those who call for large referendums to change the EU’s borders could already start winning the daily referendum that is democracy by improving hospitals and schools where trains arrive on time. If they could achieve that efficiency, Catalans would give them majorities, election after election in an unequivocal and sustained way over time. To demand referendums, on the other hand, before winning those votes is to throw patriotic smokescreens over their personal incompetence.
But managing the parish is more difficult than promising heaven and requires discreet compromises and resignations. You have to put up with your neighbour and his dog, because he, in return, puts up with your son’s screams: it requires Orteguian ’conllevancia’, because then you have to agree on how to paint the staircase. Or we will all live without talking to each other in a pigsty. It means resigning ourselves – like the Flemish and Walloon Belgians who share a state – to the fact that the solution to traffic jams is not unreachable helicopters to an unrealisable utopia, but shared and well-managed motorways.
We should be talking about this management of what is close, complex and real now. Instead, we are agonisingly rethinking the foundations of the rule of law every time a close election leaves Parliament hanging. And so we are on our way to repeating the third in seven years.