I began to sense the decline of the Catalan bourgeoisie after the fire in the Liceu.
The then owner of Santander Bank, Emilio Botín, said he would put one hundred million pesetas out of his pocket for the reconstruction of the theater.
Well, I do not know if it’s from his pocket or his bank’s pocket, but for that matter it is indifferent..
The Liceu – the most emblematic initiative of the once powerful Catalan bourgeoisie – has ended up being a consortium formed by four administrations: Generalitat, Barcelona City Council, Provincial Council and Ministry of Culture.
The same goes for the Palau de la Música. In this case, by three: Generalitat, City Hall and Ministry.
Although this, by the way, did not stop Felix Millet from putting his hand in the till and for a long time.
But that is another issue.
In short, the election of Joan Canadell as the new president of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona is but the definitive confirmation of this decline of the Catalan bourgeoisie. Worse than a decline: a true suicide.
And I do not say it because of his pro-independence ideology. If he won legitimately the winner is to be congratulated.
I say it because of the profile of the character.
Because the new president of the Chamber was walking in his day with a mask of Puigdemont in the driver’s seat.
Not only that, but also, fully proud, hung it … on twitter!.
On another occasion he proposed the expulsion of Spain from the European Union. Petition for which, by the way, some former Catalan ministers like Toni Comín have signed up.
And he called Joan Herrera, when spokesperson for Iniciativa in the Parliament, not only “disgraceful” but something in his opinion much worse: “Spaniard”.
What happens is that at that time he was just one of the founders of the Centre Català de Negocis – the pro-independence employers’ association whose representation until now was unknown – while Herrera was an elected official. A respect
That’s why the thing does not look good.
In fact, his companion of candidacy, Elisenda Paluzie, drafted another worrying tweet ending like this: “the Air Bridge [to Madrid] has finished”.
What do we do? Are we going back to the Stone Age? Do we try to open markets in the Mediterranean as in medieval Catalonia? Perhaps like new Almogavars, who went about with blood and fire?
The candidacy, which has been the winner with only 4% of the votes, also confirms another thing: that Catalan businessmen are yellow-bellied [cagaos], a free translation of the Catalan term porucs.
Enric Millo already explained to me one day that he did not stop receiving businessmen in the Government Delegation begging him: “do something”.
And he answered with another question: “And what are you doing?”
Because, in effect, the Catalan business community was invisible during the proces.
When the DUI was consummated, they took away their companies but they kept a clamorous silence before.
Including the employers’ associations. Perhaps with the exception of the Cercle d’Economia; Fomento and Cambra itself reacted late.
The only ones who, in a personal capacity, dared to raise their voices were: Josep Lluís Bonet, from Freixenet. I guess in this case because of personal convictions, since I saw him myself at the demonstration on October 8;
Isidre Fainé through the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks. The banking employers’ association sent a statement warning of the risks;
And above all the president of Sabadell Bank, Josep Oliu, who was the first to publicly warn that his entity would change its headquarters. He was courageous, indeed.
But we have entered a dangerous phase. The true social fracture is about to come.
The Catalan government has begun to move its pieces to put like-minded people in key positions in the economy sector.
Pau Relats – who comes from Femcat, the Catalanist businessmen – at the Fira de Barcelona, after a long cut and thrust with the Cambra itself before the last change.
In that institution Constantí Serrallonga is already general director; he was manager of the Barcelona City Council with Xavier Trias.
And I do not know how the matter ended judicially, but he was one of the arrested in one of the judicial operations against the presumed 3% case of CDC.
The arrest, in any case, did not prevent him from accessing such an important position.
Of course, if both are good managers, then no problem. And I also include Joan Canadell despite his verbal excesses.
But I do not know if this is the case. Pla explains in his homenot about Prat de la Riba that the president of the Mancomunidad chose the best, not those with a card of the Lliga.
And, by the way, the last one to do it in Catalonia was Duran during his time in the ministry of Governació.
He appointed people who were not even from Unió like the diplomat Senen Florensa, and even a journalist who had been as a youth a member in the PSUC: Andreu Claret.
If they start to select people for their ideology more than for their competence, Catalonia is lost. More than it already is.