Joaquim Coll 22/07/2020
The long interview with leader of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya-ERC on TV3 by its director, Vicent Sanchis, had as its common thread an arrogant sentimentality and a falsely humble vanity, to conclude with a final outburst of anger. As soon as he began, Oriol Junqueras fell into an unfortunate pathos, with repeated and circular affirmations that he was “a good person, honored and honest”, whose goodness, integrity and honesty no one doubted, neither before nor now nor ever; because the opposite was “impossible, impossible, impossible,” he repeated until he raised the interviewer’s pious smile, who nonetheless asked him if he was not afraid of being laughed at with such a profusion of Catholic goodness (“junquerism is love,” he said. again).
For Junqueras all doubts about his confusing role in October 2017 are resolved by exhibiting the shield of his moral condition (unimpeachable, of course), his republican independence trajectory (unquestionable, of course), the infinite love for others and the extraordinary appreciation that people profess him, even more now after the sacrifice of his time in prison, he came to verbalize. In the interview, he began showing an acute pathological alteration, evidencing an outrageous narcissism, and ended up generating in the viewer a lot of concern about his iron inability to self-criticism, nor about the final stage of the process, questions that he always diverted, nor admitting an iota of censorship towards the terrible management of the pandemic that the Government is doing with the Republican Alba Vergés at the head of the regional Ministry of Health.
The good-natured Junqueras is upset to anger when it was hinted that the leaders of the process deceived the JxSí voter in 2015 by promising them an independence that they knew was impossible. Last January, in a commented interview in El País, he erupted with: “And shit. And a fucking shit. We said the whole truth: that the process had to end in independence. That was prevented with beatings, jail, removing governments and closing parliaments. ” This time, it has not recognized any error of its own, but has reloaded all the blame on the repressive role of the Spanish State. Incapable of any self-critical reflection, Junqueras is once again upset when Sanchis insinuated that the republican strategy of broadening the social base to hold another referendum sounds evasive to many pro-independence activists. “If someone dares to tell me that this is an excuse after” sucking me “three years in prison, if he has guts huh? Big balls … let him go there and then come and tell me … “.
The martyrology of the prison serves him both to shield himself against his own reproaches for a partisan auction that ended up causing an operetta DUI, and to endorse now the abandonment of unilateral rhetoric and his commitment to the dialogue table with the Government of Pedro Sánchez, leading a supposedly pragmatic way in the face of Carles Puigdemont’s unrepentant speech.