The fallacy of independence unity is over


New season in Catalan politics. Junts breaks with ERC and the fallacy of the independence unit is finalized. It was always faked and cheated until this Friday the post-convergent bases voted in favor of leaving the Government, an unprecedented gesture for a classic party but not for this one, where the thesis of those who consider that what they should be is ” a national liberation movement” whose sole purpose is to achieve independence. It will no longer be possible to appeal again to the mantra of the majority of the 52% that was more myth than reality, like so many things in the procés.

Carles Puigdemont and Laura Borràs are the great winners of this process. Both are awaiting justice: he for her extradition process and she for her corruption case. From Waterloo and from outside Parliament, they defend that we must go to confrontation with the State, although it is a confrontation that will have to be seen how it materializes from the opposition. When this sector has had the springs of power, in the last legislature, with one of its own, Quim Torra, in the presidency, it did not go beyond hanging a banner in the Palau de la Generalitat.

The decision of the bases is a setback for the most pragmatic leaders and especially Jaume Giró and Victòria Alsina, who had been hoarse to show that from the opposition they will not be any closer to bringing Catalonia to independence and repeated that the Government was an essential instrument to carry out policies that help broaden its electoral base.

Giró has already explained that his intention is to remain as a militant but to leave the executive and one of the questions that arises is to know if his party will now support the Budgets that he has already designed and with an advanced negotiation with the comuns from the opposition . ERC, in this new scenario, will have to knock on Salvador Illa’s door.

The leader of the PSC has reiterated in recent hours that the Socialists are very aware of the current economic difficulties and are in the process of approving the 2023 accounts. The Socialists have called an extraordinary meeting of their leadership for this Monday in which they will analyze the new scene. Who can also be satisfied is Pedro Sánchez since now, in the game of communicating vessels to have majorities in the Parliament and Congress, the ERC votes in Madrid for laws such as the Budgets are cheaper. His first words, after hearing the news from the Prague summit, were to say that his party would lend a hand.

One of the key names at this stage will be Jordi Turull. Before the result of the internal consultation was announced, he called Pere Aragonès to inform him of the result. The general secretary of Junts went from defending the need to continue in the Government to intuiting that the other option could prevail and that at this point what was convenient for him was to put himself in profile to be able to manage the day after. He could not and did not want to face Puigdemont and it was surely a clever move to survive. Another thing is that his purpose was to build a party with the capacity to negotiate with the Republicans (he has done so at different stages of his long political career) and a territorial structure that would allow him to recover the weight that Convergència had at the time. Now both he and his project are weakened. He must avoid an internal split or flight of leaders who reject rhetorical unilateralism. The municipal ones, although it is always repeated that the candidates matter more than the acronyms, will be the first exam.

One of the places that Junts aspires or aspired to recover was that of Barcelona, ​​led by Xavier Trias. But the former mayor had already warned them that he did not want internal trouble and now it remains to be seen if he will also accept being his candidate. Turull assures that Trias has transferred his “maximum collaboration” to them. The municipal group of Junts in the Catalan capital had campaigned to continue in the Govern because, like other municipal representatives and senior executive officials, they were clear that it was in their interest that the party not renounce power and the budget that is managed from the ministries of the Generalitat.

Since the first regional elections, 42 years ago, Convergència or its subsequent mutations have been 35 in the Government of Catalonia. Hence, some like Artur Mas warned these days of the mistake that could be staying out of their own free will. He knows, like few others, how cold he was during the seven years he was in the opposition.


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