José Luis López Bulla 16/07/2020
López Bulla was a politician and Catalan trade unionist, Mp of Catalan Parliament in the VI Legislature.
Until a few months ago Catalan premier Quim Torra has been creating political and confrontation problems between Catalans and confrontation with Spain and the Spanish State, which are different things. It continues to do so, but with a novelty: Torra is creating tremendous health problems. Not him alone, certainly. He is accompanied by the no less inefficient Health Minister, Alba Vergés, from the bread basket lot that corresponds to Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya *. The Catalan press echoes the outbreak of the virus, and its vertiginous consequences, in Lleida and in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Disturbing situation, which Mayor Ada Colau does not hide, who in any case tries not to alarm the population free of charge.
This disturbing situation is the consequence of: a) the incompetence of the Catalan government; b) the interdepartmental struggles of the “post post post” convergent and Republican ERC; c) the 24 percent drop in investment in primary care in Catalonia in the last ten years, that is, under the governments of Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont and Quim Torra. So we can say that the worst health crisis is happening with the most inept Catalan government, the most troubled administration and the weakest infrastructures. Troubling situation that only attempts to address with propaganda gauze patches: if we were independent there would not be so many deaths. It is the reckless impudence of the ignorant; it is the haughtiness of the flea market supremacist.
The Catalan government has had time to prepare to face the possibility of the outbreak. They did not do so because they preferred to wage a political battle against Pedro Sánchez, an inveterate Bonapartist who attacked “our powers.” And as Catalan government said he attempted against Catalonia, they did not accept the Army help in the tasks of disinfecting residences and other public centers. “Nosaltres sols” (We, alone). It is better to die in the smell of independence than to live in the plague of centralism. However, we soon learned that the rejection of Spanish aid – also at this time – was aimed at covering up Catalan incompetence.
Now the management of the pandemic is complicated: Lleida is joined by the disturbing situation of the Barcelona belt and once again the problem of nursing homes in a context of protests by Health professionals, who – as always – are working very hard. Situation – sorry to insist – that is disturbing. To the extent that Mayor Ada Colau has offered fifty municipal technicians to the Health Department of the Generalitat. The answer is even more troubling: yes, we recognize that virus tracking is not assured, but aid is declined because the IT infrastructure is not working well. The tracking structure is said to not work well. No. There is no such tracking structure.
To all this, the ruling nomenclature is partly mediated: the post of Secretary General of Health remains unfilled due to the fraticidal struggles between Torra and Junqueras and, during this period, the post of Director General of Health has had three holders: tomorrow – they say, we’ll see what – this vacancy will be filled.
Consequences: The Government of Catalonia has dangerously crossed its elastic limit, that is, the area where, once the incompetence threshold has been exceeded, it is very difficult to recover the stability of the system. These are the words of the engineer – and, nevertheless, friend – Manuel Gómez Acosta.
Not even Federico Fellini would be able to imagine a situation with so many useless people, being Federico the greatest that Italy has given.