Màrius Carol Editorial Advisor La Vanguardia 07/3/202
Oxymoron is a rhetorical figure of thought that consists of complementing a word with another that has a contradictory or opposite meaning. The worrying thing is that the term Catalan politics is on the way to becoming an oxymoron, because it is either political or Catalan. It is what a satirical author of military music wrote: either it is music or it is military.
This week Catalan politics has taken another step towards irrelevance. Not a single member of the Generalitat attended the act of Seat’s 70th anniversary to sit down for the King, who was accompanied by the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez. Initially, the Secretary General for the Economy had been appointed to attend the event, but at the last minute he was removed from the list. They snubbed Felipe VI, but also to the chairman of Seat and that of Volkswagen, who in the last week have promised to manufacture an electric model of the German brand in Martorell, while they have announced a project with Iberdrola to install a battery plant, within a broader electrification project in which CaixaBank and Telefónica will also participate.
Presidents of Seat and Volkswagen did not understand that the Government ignored them.
Independentists should encourage the installation of a compass factory to know where they are going. And worst of all, where are they leading us. It is possible that seeing three Ibex companies in the same reconstruction strategy in Catalonia makes the leaders of JxCat nervous, who aspire to govern the country together with ERC and the CUP. The neo-convergents in their programs don’t show the slightest interest for the Ibex companies in public tenders. It should not be surprising that the CUP are willing to even enter the Government, because their design cannot be more anti-system.
There was a time when the president of the Generalitat (Pujol) could call the president of Nissan or Volkswagen and they would put him on the phone. And that the emperors of Japan or the president of the German Republic were received in Palau on their official visits. Today Catalonia is in danger of going into decline. Artur Mas still talked about being business friendly, but that’s history. Tolstoy, before writing War and Peace, dreamed of being a diplomat in the Russia of the Tsars and when he visited Paris he was disappointed first: neither French poetry nor politics were as he imagined. I don’t know what our illustrious visitors must have thought when they received them with protest banners, while the Catalan authorities ignored them.