Lluís Foix 6/4/2021
Picture: Pere Aragonès/Àlex Garcia
Two political mistakes
The moment had to come because you cannot live indefinitely in an open confrontation between the State and a territory that has historically belonged to that State.
The debate is now the pardon of the independence prisoners and tomorrow it will be self-determination, the referendum and what suits the discourse that has permeated a very substantial part of Catalan society. Despite this, the attitude of the Government of Pere Aragonès is neither triumphalist nor confrontational. If independence is wanted, it will not be unilaterally or without the approval of Europe and the international community.
If the independence movement enters the route of pacts, the State will be able to respond with generosity
Despite the overwhelming majority of pro-independence seats in the Parliament, the tone of the speeches of the new Government comes to admit that what has happened in Catalonia since 2012 has led to the division between Catalans as well as to an open and public struggle between the three pro-independence forces to lead the separation of Spain. It is not necessary to apologize, but we do need to recognize that the strategy initiated by Artur Mas was a political error that has led the country to the autonomic point where we were before starting the travel to Ithaca. In an extract from Jordi Pujol’s general confession to -Vicenç Villatoro, I read that “independence can become a factor in the disruption of Spanish politics”. A unilateral exit, in fact, is ruled out.
The petition tables that the PP has placed in Spain to collect signatures against pardons are like stumbling over the same stone that Mariano Rajoy found on his way when he presented himself with more than four million signatures against the Statute in 2006. Manuel Azaña wrote in 1934: “I am convinced that the bad intelligence between Catalonia and the rest of Spain is born, among other causes, of a very important one, which is ignorance”.
The State, represented by Rajoy, reacted with the law to resolve a posteriori what it should have addressed politically before the clash occurred. The same State, now headed by Pedro Sánchez, comes to recognize that it was wrong to hand over to the highest magistrates a problem that had clear judicial components but whose nature was political.
It is true that the rupture occurred on September 6 and 7, 2017 in the Parliament and I do not intend to ignore those serious events. But if the independence movement enters the route of pacts, the State can respond generously, reserving the power to intervene if the situation gets out of control.