María Jesús Cañizares, 15 July 2021
The Valencian Community has done it again. Pass in front of Catalonia. This is not about competitions between autonomies, but about ways of managing a crisis, such as the pandemic in this case. The Catalan Government, once again hesitant and under pressure from the mayors, now decides to follow the “Valencian road” and recovers the curfew in 158 municipalities. While our border neighbors, governed by Ximo Puig, fought to prevent the coronavirus from triggering social inequalities and managed to take off economically in a state of alarm, the Catalan government was dedicated to what it does best: fueling inter-territorial conflict to the point of ensure that, with independence, there would be fewer deaths.
That Madrid surpasses Catalonia in dynamism is due, according to the Catalan Government’s speech, to its condition of State capital. An excuse that is not valid for Valencia, who knew how to anticipate social needs. As an example, in June 2020, four days before the end of the school year and according to data provided by the Ministry of Education itself, thousands of Catalan children lacked computers and internet access to follow the course from home, while In autonomies such as Aragon or the Valencian Community, the needs were met before Easter.
Late and bad. This is how the Catalan Government responded and responds to the emergencies of the Covid. The arrival of Pere Aragonès to the presidency of the Generalitat has not caused significant changes in this regard. Our leaders recommend a lot and govern little. And when they do, they get entangled in legal bungling. Welcome to the Valencian formula, because it is clear that measures must be taken in the face of pandemic lack of control, but be careful not to present a new regulatory mess to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia, as happened with the suspension of the 14F elections or with the bolt. of bars and restaurants.
In other words: less thinking about the Kosovar way, bloody and impoverishing for this Balkan country, and more about the Valencian way that, we insist, passes us in education. The secret? Permanent communication with unions, employers and parents, investments to guarantee free books, reinforcement of VET and education from 0 to 3 years – with classrooms in the public system for two-year-old children -, hiring 8,000 teachers and curricular innovation. It is in this that we must assimilate, in a well done management, and not in an identity pan-Catalanism that only seeks confrontation and responds to political interests that distract from what is important.
Miquel Iceta, new Minister of Culture, said in an interview with Crónica Global: “I am envious of what the Government of Ximo Puig has done.” And although nothing is perfect, so are we.