Fiction and reality in the independence movement, by Ernest Folch


What has happened these days with Laura Borràs in Parliament, although it may not seem like it, has little to do with Laura Borràs. The political battle that drags this significant case inevitably puts it in the center of the target, but its inevitable protagonism can mistakenly blur the real underlying issue. All this, for not going, does not even apply to the former deputy Pau Juvilla, victim of a disproportionate administrative sentence, but later thrown in the gutter by irreducible assumptions. And it is that the case carries with it a depth charge, because it explains the end of an impossible journey: With the withdrawal of Juvillà’s seat, the flight forward of a part of the independence movement officially ends, which proclaimed itself revolutionary until it had to prove it. The matter compromises Borràs (who built his mandate on the hypothesis that she, unlike his predecessor Torrent, would carry his ideals to their ultimate consequences), but above all definitively lays bare the so-called strategy of confrontationn, one more of the daydreams that have confused the independence movement in the last decade. Politics is so cruel that it is likely that those who elevated the president a few days ago will now abandon her to her fate, but the collateral damage goes far beyond Borràs: with the Juvillà defense fiasco it has become clear that what some pretended was not to disobey but make him see, that in reality it was not about planting a face but about promising it.

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Because what the suspension of the Juvillà act buries is nothing more than rhetoric, empty and without facts that can accompany it, aimed solely at wearing down Esquerra, ridiculing the pragmatists and protecting the strategy dictated since Waterloo: it is revealing that Puigdemont and his entourage have not found a single minute to write a tweet in solidarity with the deposed Juvillà nor have they made a single assessment of the episode in Parliament. And it is that, in the ‘Borrás case’, all purities have collapsed at the same time: those of the pro-independence leaders who abhor intermediate solutions, such as the difficult and fragile dialogue table, and of course that of the ‘tweetstars’ and ‘youtubers’ who have spent years pointing out traitors, sellouts and ‘botiflers’ from the sofa, and who have found themselves betrayed, in turn, by those who themselves had been invested as pure among the impure. For this reason, the Borrás episode may have its positive side: many pro-independence supporters have received a much-needed reality check and it may even be that the blow will help some finally discover that The reality is more complex and it has many more grays than the childish world of the ‘zacas’ on Twitter, where you don’t have to manage anything but simply pretend to be right. For this reason, rather than using the sad episode of Juvillà as a humiliation, it would be good to take advantage of it as an opportunity that destiny offers some to land in the real world. Because it is not, of course, that nobody gives up their ideas, but that they channel with intelligence and realism, and avoid once and for all unnecessary immolations that, from what has been seen, have served little or nothing. Who knows if the ridicule experienced in Parliament these days may be the beginning of something positive. For example, that fiction is giving way to reality.


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