The former president of Unió, Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, in an interview with Radio 4, said that “for me, Quim Torra is a lousy president, he does not have the ability to be president, he obeys Puigdemont’s orders. I have a very negative concept of him, for me it is not worthy to be president of Catalonia.”
He has also said that although Artur Mas behaved politically “better than Pujol” with him and his party, he does not share the former president’s “drift”. “I hold Artur Mas responsible for many of the things that are happening,” he said. He also assured that “Jordi Pujol used me”, despite clarifying that he learned a lot from him.
Duran has lamented that “the country is divided, it is not the ‘usual’ division between political parties. The current division is different, it has broken the community of the ‘we are 6 million’, and one chooses not to talk about politics with friends” . “The intent of ERC is to occupy the pragmatic role that Convergence previously occupied, but I don’t think they can do it for a long time.”
He has also assured that “the bourgeoisie of this country has been more associated with Convergence than Unió.” In this sense he has lamented that “there has been a certain inaction of the bourgeoisie”, but he has also recalled that some “have agreed with the evolution towards independence.”