Jordi Xargayó – Director Diari de Girona
01/24/2021 | 12:50
Portugal, with an incidence of the virus that is currently twice that of Catalonia, will hold the presidential elections today: the number of tables has been increased, ballots have been collected from those infected and isolated people and it has allowed the elderly to reside in vote in their own centers, among other measures. The Catalan elections are held on February 14 for different reasons: 1. Because Quim Torra failed to fulfill his promise a year ago to call them after the approval of the Budgets. He could have done it after the summer, but then he didn’t suit his owner, Carles Puigdemont; 2. Because JxCat and ERC, that is, Puigdemont and Junqueras, refused to elect a president to replace Quim Torra, who could have exhausted the legislature; 3. To be required by law after the Presidency of the Generalitat has become vacant. 4. So that a lawyer, very close to a sector of the independence movement, presented a challenge to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia-TSJC against the decree of suspension with a request for precautionary measures, which has forced the intervention of the Catalan high court. 5. And for Catalonia, although at times it may not seem like it, it is part of a democratic state of the European Union in which elections are not a whim. The TSJC has argued that stupendously well in their car last Friday.
If I break the local confinement, without justification, police (on the orders of the Aragonese / Budó government, that is, from what Puigdemont runs from Waterloo and Junqueras from Lledoners) will punish me. If I run a red light in Girona, a police officer governed by Marta Madrenas will fine me. It is natural that this is so. I guess it doesn’t take much to understand. Nor should it be so difficult to understand that a vice president acting as president of the Generalitat does not have any power to call or call off elections; power only recognized to the president; not even the government as a whole. Therefore, it is obvious that a court of law stops a vice president in office as president who takes powers that do not correspond to him. This, in my time, we already understood in Primary school.
It is true, as all the indicators show, that the Catalan school level has dropped a lot (includes reading comprehension) and that in pro-independence Catalonia it is very difficult to understand everything that is compliance with the laws, but they would do well not to ignore the Austrian philosopher Karl Popper: “equality before the law is not a fact but a political requirement based on a moral decision.” One of the many differences between a democratic system and a dictatorship is that in the former, the rulers cannot violate the laws at will and, if they do so and are caught, they are condemned by the courts. This is what has happened with the decree suspending elections and with the conviction of counselor Bernat Solé and with so many other court decisions. With the Law of Legal Transition, approved in the ignominious plenary session of September 6 and 7, 2017, which contemplated that the courts of justice were subject to the President of the Republic that they intended to impose, they have already tried to liquidate the separation of powers. Fortunately, they have not succeeded. The envelope of his Republic read Denmark and, when we opened it, we found features of Poland. This is what John Locke wrote: “Where law ends, tyranny begins.”