Jordi Juan, Director of La Vanguardia
The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia yesterday annulled the date of May 30 for the Catalan elections by accepting the “very precautionary” measures requested by an individual and a political platform and once again legitimized the date of February 14.
It is a provisional decision pending a thorough study of the issue, but it has once again stirred up the agitated Catalan identity debate.
Once again the victimhood appears that sectors of the country like so much that they regret that a court makes and undoes resolutions adopted by the Government of the Generalitat. Nobody seems to notice that the date of 14-F was not decided by the Catalan Executive, but that it is the result of the Catalan Parliament not being able to reach a consensus on an alternative candidate to replace Quim Torra, who, in turn, was disqualified by the Court Supreme for refusing to remove a banner from the Palau de la Generalitat. All the foot shots that the nationalist leaders have fired in the still alive Catalan legislature remain in the background.
It is not a question of debating whether the Government could have foreseen an adequate voting protocol to be able to exercise this right on 14-F or to discuss whether instead of canceling the elections and calling new elections in May, it could have been thought of a closer date, like March or April. No. The discourse is that justice imposes its whims and voters have another reason to vote for independence on F-14, M-30 or whatever day.
It is difficult to know what the final decision of the court will be and it is possible that the May date will finally be kept but the mess is already served. Catalan city councils were forced to improvise in less than 48 hours the raffles to choose the members of the polling stations when the date of 14-F was reactivated. And in the background the usual brawls have followed within the Government. Junts leaders did not hesitate to request resignations from their Esquerra partners, whom they held responsible for the suspended decree. Anyway, nothing new under the sun.
When things are done wrong, how easy it is always to accuse the other. The fault is always alien. In this case, the bad guy will be the TSJC.