Mariano Guindal. – 01/13/2021 06:00
More than 42% of Catalans have expressed their willingness to continue to confront citizens, even if they have to pay a very high economic and social price for it. It is difficult to understand that when all the experts agree that tension can ruin reconstruction and the fight against the pandemic, a very important part of society opts for frontist proposals. Shake society, what for? The most recent experience has shown that radicalization only leads to chaos, as we have seen in the United States after the assault on the Capitol. Catalonia’s solution to overcome the health pandemic, to start growing and creating jobs is in the hands of the Catalans themselves. It is difficult to understand that, at this juncture, with circumstances as special as the ones we are experiencing, a mature, well-trained and informed society does not bet mainly on change. If society does not believe in its future, investors will hardly believe in it. For conservatives and independentists, at both ends, day-to-day management takes a back seat. According to the latest opinion polls, 20% of the electorate is willing to vote for conservative parties with radical proposals. This is the case of the PP, Cs and Vox, who defend the policy of blocks to its last consequences. Among his proposals there is none that speaks of reconciliation, dialogue, or forgiveness. Nothing that allows coexistence between centralist and peripheral nationalisms. Jail, suspension of autonomy, outlawing of parties, and so on. They do not want to hear about amnesty or pardons despite the fact that the vast majority of Catalans are in favor of them. Another 22% of citizens propose to proclaim the Catalan republic again if the independence forces add up to more than 50%. Led by the former president and head of the JxCat list, Carles Puigdemont, and the anti-capitalists of the CUP, despite the fact that only 42% of Catalans want independence. For both extremes, day-to-day management takes a back seat. It is as if the pandemic was not what worried them the most, ignoring the 9,000 deaths and the 400,000 infected that Catalonia records. Nor do they seem to care too much about the economic crisis, unemployment, the bankruptcy of thousands and thousands of companies and the self-employed and the loss of influence in their country. And despite all this, several million citizens are willing to entrust them with their vote: “A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.” However, most Catalans opt for parties that emphasize the management of everyday problems. ERC, CatComú and the PSC are committed to regional, municipal, and governmental governance, and have shown that they are capable of cooperating to find solutions. Among the three they have an absolute majority, but they do not seem willing to agree to a legislative agreement that provides solutions to the problems Catalan government has to face. All three claim to be on the left and say that what matters most to them are the workers. It would be a good opportunity to show it.