08/03/2019 01:05 Updated to 03/08/2019 03:00
The discussions derived from the non-investiture of Pedro
Sánchez on the second ballot, on July 25, are having repercussions on all the political
parties that left the PSOE alone at the time of giving a favorable vote to said
There has been much comment on what Citizens’ positioning
may mean in the face of Rivera’s desire to position himself as leader of the
opposition, or on the desires of several political leaders to surround
themselves with the faithful without attending to their critics.
It called powerfully the attention the fact that the
spokesman of ERC in the Congress, Gabriel Rufián, adopted a conciliatory tone
in the investiture debate, accepting the rules of constitutional game, while
the president of the Catalan Parliament, also of ERC, Roger Torrent, declared
himself as pro-independence in El
Periódico de Catalunya in his article ‘The Republican Proposal’, where he clarified
that the republic is not a flag but opportunities and hopes in schools,
hospitals, pensions, labor rights and social services to overcome, he said, the
limits that imposes the 1978 regime to the economic, social and cultural
development of our country.
The change in attitude of the ex-president Puigdemont
regarding the investiture nuances very much the words pronounced by his spokeswoman
Laura Borras in the investiture session.
All this demonstrates that the sovereignty option is reviewing concepts and more so if it is confirmed that prominent ERC members will not participate in the next September 11 demonstration.
These developments are showing that the pro-independence
parties -like what is happening with Bildu in the Basque Country- are reviewing
their republican position and are approaching what they had described as a 1978
constitutional regime that implies, for example, acceptance of the
parliamentary monarchy consecrated by article 1.3 of the Spanish Constitution,
however much some municipalities and the Parliament of Catalonia itself make
If we look at how the Catalan economy is doing -despite
the relocation of 5,000 companies out of Catalonia due to political
uncertainties- it can be said that the 1978 parliamentary monarchist regime has
not gone badly and that, instead, the internal disputes between parties in the
Parliament of Catalonia itself would plunge us into a world of unknowns if we
had a Catalan republic.
Let us not disdain
the parliamentary monarchy when it gives advanced countries institutional
stability and progress
Let us not disregard the parliamentary monarchy of 1978 when we see that countries as advanced as Sweden, Norway, Denmark or the United Kingdom itself -now trapped by Brexit- do not doubt that the option of a parliamentary monarchy gives them institutional stability and, with it, economic and social progress.