Màrius Carol 24/3/2021
Forty years have passed since the letter that Josep Tarradellas wrote shortly after leaving the Generalitat to Horacio Sáenz Guerrero, who was then the director of La Vanguardia: “It is devastating that today the megalomania and personal ambition of some have led us to a lamentable state where we are. How is it possible that Catalonia has fallen again to sink little by little into a painful situation, like the one that is beginning to occur ”.
Beyond the fact that having to leave power always invites us to think that what is coming is worse, it is undoubted that the Catalan reality was not going through its best moments: the oil crisis had made companies lose competitiveness, unemployment It reached important figures and the parties had shown their deep divisions in the electoral campaign. Tarradellas was concerned about the lack of unity and the radicalization of discourses at a key moment in rebuilding the country.
Aragonès is a manager and not an activist, who aspires to manage rather than command
Many of the concerns of the Catalan De Gaulle are present again four decades later: Catalan society is divided into two universes, the economy is seriously damaged by the pandemic – before it had been weakened by the departure of capital and companies after the events of October 2017 – and it is essential to rebuild Catalonia so that it remains competitive, taking advantage of the contribution of European funds. In this context, it will once again have an ERC president in the figure of Pere Aragonès, who at least must be thanked for presenting himself as a manager and not as an activist, who aspires to govern and not to command. And that he is willing to understand Pedro Sánchez beyond public gestures to maintain balance in the game. When he arrived at the Conselleria d ‘Economia i Hisenda, he told his positions that they had not come to show that they were independentists, but rather efficient managers, as explained by Toni Aira in “L’ altra guerra de successió”. He surely has read Georges Clemenceau when he proclaimed that “power is the most complete of servitudes”, so he knows that you have to roll up your sleeves, sweat your shirt and put on a good face. Aragonès wants to incorporate talent from outside the parties, in the Tarradellian logic that the country is too small to despise anyone. It will not be easy for him to govern with the CUP dizzy and JxCat trying to erase him from the photos. No one said it was going to be. But he has the opportunity to surprise us all.