Jaume Reixach 07/02/2020
In Catalonia since 40 years we have self-government, protected by the Spanish Constitution and the Statute. Of these 40 years, Convergència – under different formulas and acronyms – has held the presidency of the Generalitat and has controlled the springs of power for 33 years, with the only parenthesis of the tripartites of Pasqual Maragall and José Montilla.
The result of this long stage of nationalist dominance of Catalonia is well in sight. The degradation and decomposition of self-government institutions are regrettable, shameful and unacceptable.
Politics has a direct relationship with the economic pulse and it is incontestable that the implosion of the Generalitat, caused by the crazy independence adventure started in 2012, has very negative effects on the life of the whole of Catalan society, whatever your ideas, whatever your vote . The great problems and structural challenges that Catalonia has raised have been scandalously marginalized from the political debate, kidnapped monothematically and obsessively by the processist ‘mantra’.
Catalan society has been the victim, among many other things, of a planned perversion of language by the publicists of the independence world. The “right to decide” is the paradigm of this disgusting manipulation operation that we have suffered and in which many people in good faith have been coaxed at some time or another.
Another one of the fallacies that they have tried to sell is the supposed division of Catalonia between independentists and anti-independentists, with the equidistant as “fifth columnists of Madrid”. This schematization is not only false, it is also very dangerous, because it leads us, put into practice, to an abominable ulsterization of the territory.
With a cold head and a heart in your hand: who wants Catalonia to become the Ulster of the seventies? I sincerely believe that not even Carles Puigdemont, the prophet of unilateralism, is so cruel and ruthless to imagine and want this scenario in our towns, neighborhoods and cities.
Being non-independentist is not the same as being anti-independentist. All voters who choose different political options from JxCat, ERC or the CUP are not automatically “unionists” or enemy “settlers” of the independentists.
This deliberate semantic confusion is at the base of many of the misunderstandings that, due to lack of communication and debate, intoxicate the life of Catalan society and block the essential political consensus that must allow us to move forward. I put myself as an example, which I think is that of thousands and millions of Catalans: I am not independentist, but neither am I anti-independentists, nor do I consider myself a “Spanishist” or a “botifler”. And the proof is that I have a lot of friends and family, that I know positively that they are independentists, with whom I interact with full normality and with whom I am not willing in any way to fight or fight for identity issues.
Nor do I consider myself an equidistant. In a hot issue like that of the imprisoned independence leaders I have already stated, in a flat way, that it is time for them to go out on the street and apply all the penitentiary benefits that make it possible, as is now the case of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez. I consider that the leaders of the PDECat and ERC were wrong with the events of the autumn of 2017 and that they did an objective damage to the coexistence of Catalan society, but I think that they and their families have already paid it well and that they have to recover the lost freedom.
A basic principle of democracy is the alternation of governments and Catalonia cannot be, in this sense, an exception. Normally, the electorate punishes at the polls the political leaders of a bad management and, when the elections arrive, gives the opportunity to those who are in the opposition to demonstrate that they can do better.
The secessionist process launched in 2012 has been an absolute failure. As much for the independentists – many of whom have ended up in the prison, displaced abroad, imputed, fined, seized, disabled … – as for the non-independentists, many of whom have lived with anguish this attempt of territorial and social rupture.
The irresponsibility of the independence parties deserves to be repudiated in the next Catalan elections. For eight years, they have wasted time miserably on society as a whole. With their kafkian and sterile political strategy they have objectively harmed the political and economic life of the country.
Therefore, in good logic, they would have to be separated from the next government of the Generalitat. They have shown that they do not know how to properly manage the democratic power that has been conferred on them for the collective and they have to pass to the opposition.
It is not about applying the law of the pendulum or changing an independentist government for another of anti-independentists. It is about vertebrating and strengthening the non-independentist space – this vast silent majority that has opted for prudence in the face of the secessionist offensive – to offer a reasonable, sensible and pragmatic alternative to government in Catalonia.
The socialists and the Comuns are already part of this space. But it is necessary to widen it with a party that collects the vote of the non-belligerent center-right and an environmental party that opens Catalonia to the new green civilization that arrives. The independentists have taken us to the disaster and they have distroyed the prestige of the Generalitat. It is time for non-independentists to take over.