Catalan independence is peaceful, popular and national — which is why the Spanish state hates it (International Business Times – Opinion)
Spain is a political and social shambles and its leaders have made it that way
Francesc Serés.- Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo, said on the eve of Catalonia’s National Day that one can get over crises, that one can get over a terrorist attack, but that the one thing that’s really irreversible is the dissolution of Spain.
I’m not sure if he was expressing a fear, an opinion, or both, but what is certain is that the thing that is tearing Spain apart is that the country can’t get over ministers like him in government.
And like him, just in this last government, there are many. From José Manuel Soria to Miguel Arias Cañete, not to mention the minister of education Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, whose qualities remain elusive but whose failures match those of a school system that is dragging Spain down. Not to mention Jose Ignacio Wert, his predecessor, or Pedro de Morenés or Jorge Fernández Díaz.
Yet Spain would no doubt vote for them and politicians of a similar ilk tomorrow if an election was to be held.
It’s also impossible to get over the cynicism with which they treat the country’s recent history. You can get over a terrorist attack, he says. That’s why, as journalists, we’ve had to spend the last 40 years beginning every article with a condemnation of terrorism and editing entire paragraphs so that no one was offended.
With a tip of the hat to the architect of the Spanish Inquisition, Tomás de Torquemada, they passed the Law of Political Parties tailor-made so they could prohibit any echo remotely related to ETA.
You can walk away from a terrorist attack, he says. Well, it depends. I understand that the minister meant that the state would open its doors and offices the following morning — but must he also mean that fear of both ETA and Islamic groups have been useful in securing obedience to the state?
And what about Catalan independence? For the first time, ministers find themselves confronting a peaceful, popular and—what gets under their skin the most—a national movement.
In principle, they have nothing to worry about. They have an impenetrable absolute majority in their favour along with the state’s institutions and non-separated powers.
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