After the investiture of Pere Aragonès, the three main independence parties they undertook their present journey. The architecture of the previous legislature was repeated. The Executive seemed this time really willing to do whatever was necessary to project an image of coherence and solidity. Despite this, discrepancies soon appeared. First, for the dialogue table, to which Junts and the CUP, despite the agreement with ERC, have not given truce. Then, for the expansion of the El Prat airport, against which ERC revolted and which the CUP always disapproved of.
The third clash was over the budget. The CUP, the fundamental support of the Government In Parliament, he announced one fine day that he was going to reject the accounts. How can the ally of a government abandon him in the face of the most important challenge – the approval of budgets – of the course? The CUP did not even bother to run out of time to negotiate or to give reasoned and convincing explanations. The situation was desperate. The clock was ticking.
Pere Aragonès, who had proclaimed that of “Budgets or budgets & rdquor ;, He was not resigned to failure. Neither did the ‘minister’ of Economy, Jaume Giró. Two different parliamentary groups had reached out to the Government: the PSC and the ‘comuns’. The ‘president’ chose the second. It was the least politically onerous option for ERC, although it meant having to rectify in Barcelona and give the green light to Colau’s accounts. So far the story.
A few days ago, the president of the Parliament and head of the list of Junts in the last elections, Laura Borràs, took advantage of an interview in Catalunya Ràdio to remove the matter. The president hinted that Aragonès had not done enough to reach an agreement with the CUP, charged against the dialogue table –that “it hurts & rdquor; to the independence movement as a whole – and called on the ‘president’ to submit to a question of trust.
This last element is part of the pact signed by ERC and the CUP –not by JxCat– to invest Aragonès. After the ‘no’ of the anti-capitalists to the budgets, the commitment has been left in the air. Borràs insisted that the agreements must be complied with and that, if there is finally no question of trust, the legislature will have to “rethink & rdquor ;, words that are only explained if what Borràs is looking for is to bother ERC.
But there is more. Is also the obsession of the president of the Parliament for the “independence unit & rdquor ;, that is, to keep the CUP in the equation as it is and, consequently, to refrain from agreeing with others, as Aragonès did.
The premise that Borràs starts and not a few ‘junteros’ – like Joan Canadell and Elsa Artadi, who at the time They charged like ‘hooligans’ against Aragonès for not having closed the accounts with the CUP – is that unity means moving towards independence, and everything else is going backwards. This is how he hammered it on Catalunya Ràdio. Borràs refrained from commenting, for example, that without the commons today the Generalitat would not have the budgets that it has, which would have harmed the neediest sectors in the first place. Nor did she clarify what she would have done before the unexpected slam of the CUP, give up the most generous budgets in history?
But let’s get to the core of the question: is it true that agreeing with the ‘commons’ or another group means walking backwards like crabs, as Borràs and a large ‘troupe’ recite? It does not seem so obvious to me, particularly if one assumes – as I myself assume – that, barring a very unlikely surprise, the long-awaited referendum agreed will not be held tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. For that to happen, the independence movement needs to accumulate much more strength, much more, than it currently has.
Because it may well be that the three pro-independence parties of the Parliament manage to convince more citizens if they have a wider margin of maneuver, that is, without being chained together, without being so corseted. Whatever some say, nothing happens to agree on budgets, or other things, with the ‘commons’. As nothing happens because the CUP has preferred to stay outside the Government. What really counts is building an undeniable majority, a majority that goes far beyond the current perimeter, not stubbornly uphold the sacred dogma of unity. The unit is relevant if it serves to add, but if, at a given moment, other formulas are used to add, then go ahead.
Unity will become momentous at the moment when Catalonia is close to getting the referendum and possible independence. Not necessarily before.
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