I followed with great interest the plenary session of the Parliament in which the green light was given to the processing of the Generalitat’s budgets, thanks to the abstention of En Comú Podem to the amendments to all the opposition groups. I do not share the benevolent reading that concludes that the Aragonese ‘president’, with his pact with the ‘comuns’, has broken the investiture block (ERC, JxCat and the CUP). It was a ‘déjà-vu’: the ‘president’ Torra already did it in his day and the continuity of the independence bloc, with the elections of February 14 in between, continues to enjoy iron poor health so far.
Ladies and gentlemen, as my longed for Joan Capri liked to repeat, the situation reminds me his famous monologue ‘From Madrid to Barcelona, in third’. I still have it in a vinyl edition. There are two moments that summarize the impasse of the ‘post-process’. One, of a circumstantial nature and the other, of substance. The first, the dialogue between two clueless who were traveling on the train. “I listened to them and didn’t understand anything. The train stopped for a moment and one asked: ‘What time is it?’ The other replied: ‘Monday’. The first one, jumping up, got up from his seat and said: ‘Wow, that’s how I have to get down here! & Rdquor ;. Yes, the game of nonsense.
The second moment, less circumstantial, occurs when Capri regrets that he has only been able to buy a third-rate ticket: “That of the Renfe, it has always sounded to me that ‘no hi ha res a fer’. Yes, a pun on the initials of the acronym that can be applied to the situation of blockade of Catalan politics: there is nothing to do. I wrote it after the February 14 elections: the independence movement adds up and goes on. There was and exists, arithmetically, an alternative majority, but ERC cannot explore it with all its consequences for two reasons: it cannot agree with the ‘impure’ (the PSC) and, if it did, it would not only be accused of being a ‘traitor’ by postconvergents, but also by sectors of their own militancy: the neo-Carlist Left of Marta Rovira. The Government of the ‘post-process’ is like ‘The dog in the manger’ by Lope: neither eats nor lets eat.
The ‘president’ Aragonès is trapped in a mantra that his JxCat and CUP partners never tire of repeating: we must take advantage of this “legislature of 52% & rdquor; to make independence effective. It was synthesized by Joan Canadell, JxCat spokesperson in the debate, when he was very critical of the pact with the ‘comuns’, to the point that the ‘president’ and several ‘councilors’ of ERC left the hemicycle: “If they want to turn 180 degrees towards autonomy will not find us. We are those of the confrontation (& mldr;) The ‘broad way’ –the policy of alliances that ERC defended during the electoral campaign to include the commons– is autonomism and is the prelude to a tripartite & rdquor ;.
The mantra of the “52% Legislature & rdquor; It is also a half truth. It is the new gadget that they wield in the independence bloc, as in the past they did with the ‘right to decide’ or the ‘democratic principle’. No, the pro-independence bloc has a parliamentary majority of 74 seats (6 above the 68 of the absolute majority), but no votes: ERC, JxCat and the Cup add up to 48.05%. If we add the PDECat (2.72%) to this figure, the percentage rises to 50.77%. 52% of the mantra is not reflected in reality or adding the percentage of other three groups of the theoretical independence space (MPIC, FNC and PNC) that yields a total of 51.32%. The mantra, however, lives on: the “52% Legislature”.
These are the parameters, taking up Joan Capri’s monologue, in which we move: the game of nonsense, as a circumstantial factor, and the ‘no hi ha res a fer’, as a substantive conclusion. The ‘llarg procés’, to take up the title of an essay by Jordi Amat, has introduced us to a long ‘post-process’. The new ‘Catalan spring’, the one evoked by the poet Maragall ‘L’ ametller ‘, will not arrive until we leave the current monologue and enter the era of dialogue between the citizens of Catalonia, between pure and impure, and in which the ‘milloradors’ (enhancers) displace the ’empitjoradors’ (worseners), in terms coined by Raimon Obiols. Hopefully, as Obiols himself wrote in an open letter to Laura Borràs, this ‘esquerp’ (elusive) time –which hurts us and hurts Catalonia– will give way to a more forgiving climate.