Torra finished the previous Government when he accused ERC of disloyalty. Now disloyalty has returned to the fore, if it ever was gone, before we begin. The investiture ended up in nothing on Friday and will expire in convulsions on Tuesday. Junts per Catalunya does not assume its defeat on February 14 and wants to continue setting the tone for the independence movement, where unity is a fickle that is handled at will. Perhaps that is why Aragonès repeated up to nine times in his speech “Republican Government”, or what is the same we, ERC, have won.
The nonsense in the plenary session was brought by Junts spokesman, Albert Batet, asking Aragonès to give up a second vote in search of more time to reach an agreement. The candidate did not go off his script. Amnesty, self-determination and rain of millions; if they do not arrive the blame will be on Spain, for the repression. More of the same, with the difference that the only sustenance for him is the CUP, an anti-capitalist and anti-system party that will take advantage of any opportunity to stick the spike on him. Junts has done it from the start, without hesitation.
Aragonès had other possibilities. If he wants a left-wing government he could pull for the Comuns and the PSC. If he wants a Government Dialogue Table, he could pull Comuns and PSC. If his goal is to reach a political agreement, he could pull Comuns and PSC. If his objective is to govern the way out of the pandemic, prevent anyone from being left behind and strengthen the economic structure, he could pull Comuns and PSC. He hasn’t done so because Republicans’ legs are shaking. They are aware that the leadership of the independence movement has not fallen into their hands like ripe fruit. They have won, but the victory is Pyrrhic.
They have preferred to raise the independence flag again knowing that they are going to try to scorch them every day. The Table of Governments will be bombarded by Junts, who are not interested in any agreement because tension and confrontation are their elixirs of political survival. They are not on the left, although they try to hide it and some republican postulates cause them retching, those of the CUP vomiting directly. With Junts, the political agreement is an oxymoron because amnesty and self-determination is not an initial proposal, it is the end point. And they will not allow the economic exit if it is not piloted in first person by their candidate, Elsa Artadi. Something that Aragonès has stolen from her by creating the figure of the commissioner.
With PSC and Comuns, ERC could even consider a government alone, which would be synonymous with stability, with parliamentary work to build agreements, but with a calm government, something that seems unthinkable due to the taunts, stabs, rudeness and disparagements that have been seen and lived through these days.
In this path, Aragonès could act as president. With Junts, he won’t be able to do it. If there is an agreement, which will occur, although we will return to the tragicomedy and the sainete until May, the coexistence will last as long as a candy at the door of a school. In ERC, its suicidal gene still prevails, not that of bravery. The one to break the political scene. In political consulting, a maxim says that if you want things to be different, you must do different things. Aragonès did not. Illa did, yes. He did not go into melee, but instead chose to do his own investiture discourse in parallel. He left the doors open. He invited them to play the seven differences game. They hardly exist between ERC and PSC. Illa was in charge of silence the disagreements and strengthen the meeting points. Aragonès knows it but the panic of being called a botifler (traitor) continues to weigh more, although not being so costs ERC the leadership and himself the presidency. He takes the wrong path, knowingly, out of fear.