Marius Carol 3/28/2021
Editorial advisor La Vanguardia
For some time now we are scarce of historical days and more than enough of expendable days. Not only because the pandemic goes from wave to wave until the final tsunami, but because the political class does not quite understand that it can’t live in permanent ridicule. In Catalonia, where we have been without a government like the one we deserve for more than four years, if only because we pay more taxes than anyone else, we live the nightmare that a pro-independence government is only possible with two partners who cannot stand each other and an anti-system party that has decided to join the game. That is no longer the melancholic loop, but an impossible knot to untangle.
‘Loop’ was a term that in the first investiture vote was used by almost all the spokespersons. Alejandro Fernández, visible head of the PP in the Parliament, said that the independence movement is an infinite loop that breaks everything. Salvador Illa, from the PSC, blamed the pro-independence side because this loop prevents us from fighting the covid virus and incapacitates us from leading the Spanish economy again. And even the Republican candidate to preside over the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, proclaimed that he wants a country that thinks big, that is ambitious, that overcomes the victimhood in a loop that makes us small and that prevents us from feeling proud.
Puigdemont doesn’t renounce to continue with his ‘joystick’ from Waterloo
But Carles Puigdemont does not renounce to continue operating his ‘joystick’ in Waterloo, which he has flaunted since the day he settled in Belgium. As he knows that he runs the risk of being left to his own devices, he tries to continue to steer Catalan politics, however impossible it may seem. And he is going to make it very difficult for Aragonès, without ruling out new elections, which is what Catalonia needs the least, but which is not the worst scenario for him and his family.
Puigdemont is not exactly James Dean, but he knows how to contest in the chicken race as the protagonist of ‘Rebel without a Cause’. That absurd competition in which the loser will be the first to stop his car, at the risk of ending up on the precipice. The ex-president thinks that the republicans’ legs will shake at the last moment and he is willing to play hard to continue monitoring Catalan politics with his Consell per la República, the latest tale that has been pulled out of his sleeve. But he cannot play with Catalonia as one who does with Stratego. The Catalan reality is not there for board games. And less so when the cards are distributed in the Waterloo war room.