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FT Editorial on the Catalan Question/EDITORIAL FT SOBRE LA QUESTIÓ CATALANA

 

FT Editorial on the Catalan Question

Mas Adam_html_1e4365cbThe Creation of Independence: The godlike but shortsighted Rajoy hands over the scissors of liberty to Adam Mas. Below: Perez de los Cobos, anti-Catalan Inquisitor, President of the Constitutional and PP party member: “The Catalan Statute is an in-depth charge for stability highlighting the contempt for Spanish culture of the Catalans.” Contempt for Spanish absolutism?

 

 

The Financial Times editorializes that Rajoy is making a huge mistake by refusing to negotiate a solution to the Catalan Question. Spain is in a crisis of the PP’s own making. With the collaboration of the socialists the corrupt judiciary has produced this constitutional crisis, where Catalonia, not Madrid, holds the cards:

 

 

“It is not too late for Madrid to accommodate the Catalans Last week, parties representing nearly two-thirds of Catalonia’s parliament called a referendum on independence, tilting Spain towards full-blooded constitutional conflict It did not have to be this way. Politicians from both sides of this widening abyss need to become statesmen to prevent what is at root a political issue becoming a problem that threatens the very state. Artur Mas, the mainstream nationalist Catalan president, has caught the government of Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, off-balance by forging an alliance with separatists and elements of the Catalan left. They have set a date for a plebiscite next November, which will ask Catalans two questions: do they want Catalonia to be a state and, if so, do they want that state to be independent from Spain. In this palpable fudge lie the ingredients for a solution. Spain was rightly acclaimed for its transition from Franco’s dictatorship to a decentralised democracy. But it has still not fashioned a plurinational home comfortable enough for its culturally distinct peoples. This foments reductive nationalism, in Castilian Spain and among Catalans and Basques. There was enough flexibility in Spain’s quasi-federal system to accommodate the Catalans, until Mr Rajoy’s PP sabotaged it in 2010, by persuading its nominees in the Constitutional Court to strike down sensitive bits of the reformed statute of autonomy of Catalonia. Identical articles were left unmolested in the statutes of Valencia and the Balearic Islands, then under PP rule. That unleashed Catalan separatism, until then a fringe movement. The right issue on which to have a crisis is the politicisation of the judiciary – just one of Spain’s rickety institutions in need of reform. Rather than leading his people, Mr Mas is being led by them and Mr Rajoy has backed him into a corner by insisting the post-Franco constitution – which consecrates the indissoluble unity of Spain – is immutable. Polls say Catalans would prefer more home rule – including a degree of fiscal autonomy – but will go their own way if the only alternative is a status quo, which Mr Rajoy’s government is chipping away at. This is a political problem that requires a negotiated solution – more federalism within Spain’s crying need for institutional renewal. It is not just the Catalans but Spain’s leading parties, Mr Rajoy’s PP and the Socialists, that need to rise to the occasion.”

 

 

(“The Catalan Question,” Editorial Financial Times, 15 December 2013)

 

 

Editorial FT sobre la Questió Catalana

 

Cobos_html_f908adddPérez de los Cobos, Inquisidor anticatalà, President del Tribunal Constitucional i militant del PP: “El Estatuto es un verdadero órdago para la estabilidad y muestra el desprecio hacia la cultura española de los catalanes.” Menyspreu a l’absolutisme espanyol? Primera foto: La creació de la independència: El deificat però curt de vista Rajoy dóna les tisores de la llibertat a Adam Mas.

 

 

El Financial Times editorialitza que Rajoy està fent un error monumental al negar-se a negociar una solució a la Questió Catalana. Espanya està en crisi per culpa exclusiva del PP. Amb la col.laboració dels socialistes la justícia corrupta ha fabricat aquesta crisi constitucional on Catalunya, no Madrid, té els trumfos a la mà:

 

 

“No és massa tard per a Madrid per pactar amb els catalans La setmana passada partits que representen gairebé dos terços del Parlament de Catalunya han convocat un referèndum sobre la independència, titllant Espanya cap al conflicte constitucional absolut. No tenia per què ser així . Els polítics d’ambdós costats d’aquesta abisme creixent cal que esdevinguin homes d’Estat per evitar que el que en el fons és un problema polític acabi en un problema que amenaci els fonaments de l’Estat. El president català Artur Mas, del corrent nacionalista majoritari, ha descol.locat al president del govern espanyol Mariano Rajoy al forjar una aliança amb separatistes i elements de l’esquerra catalana. Han fixat una data per a un plebiscit al novembre pròxim, que demana als catalans dues preguntes: si volen que Catalunya sigui un Estat i, en cas afirmatiu, si volen amb aquest Estat la independència d’Espanya. En aquest evident aiguabarreig hi ha els ingredients per a una solució. Espanya va ser aclamada amb raó per la seva transició de la dictadura franquista a una democràcia descentralitzada. Però encara no s’ha format en una llar plurinacional prou còmode per als seus pobles culturalment diferenciats. Això fomenta el nacionalisme reduccionista, el castellà d’Espanya i els catalans i els bascos. Hi havia suficient flexibilitat en el sistema quasi- federal d’Espanya per a donar cabuda als catalans fins que el PP del senyor Rajoy sabotejés el 2010, persuadint els seus homes al Tribunal Constitucional per derogar els punts més sensibles del nou Estatut d’Autonomia de Catalunya. Articles idèntics no varen ser tocats en els Estatuts de les Comunitata Valenciana i de les Illes Balears que eren governades pel PP. Això ha despertat el separatisme català que fins llavors era un moviment marginal. La questió correcte sobre la qual cal tenir una crisi és la politització de la judicatura -una de les moltes institucions d’Espanya que grinyolen i necessitades de reforma . En lloc de conduir al seu poble , el senyor Mas està sent empenyat per ell mentre el senyor Rajoy l’ha acorralat en una cantonada a l’insistir que la constitució postfranquista -que consagra la indissoluble unitat d’Espanya- és immutable. Les enquestes indiquen que els catalans preferirien més autogovern -incloent-hi més autonomia fiscal-, però que seguiran el seu propi camí si l’única alternativa és l’status quo, que el govern del Sr Rajoy està erosionant. Aquest és un problema polític que requereix una solució negociada -més federalisme per la necessitat imperiosa d’Espanya de renovació institucional. No són només els catalans sinó els principals partits espanyols, el PP del senyor Rajoy i els socialistes, els que han d’estar a l’altura.”

 

(“The Catalan Question,” Editorial Financial Times, 15 desembre 2013)

 

17 December 2013 - Posted by | News comment/Comentari al dia, Politics/Política | ,

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  1. The trouble is that what the FT is backing is the illusory line of Duran i Lleida and the PSUC! I don’t see their intervention as productive at all.

    Note from the editor: The main thrust is that Rajoy should negotiate and that the justice system be reformed. A pity no such editorial is forthcoming from a Madrid paper.

    Roger: But negotiate what? “This is a political problem that requires a negotiated solution – more federalism within Spain’s crying need for institutional renewal.” Is that really what you want? I thought you wanted an independent Catalan Republic. For that, the very worst thing that could happen would be for Rajoy to pretend to welcome Catalonia into a reformed, democratic Spain. As Junqueras said, as things are now, Madrid is a factory for making independistes. They will be forced to reform after some fashion once they lose Catalonia, but I’d have thought the last thing you need right now is for Rajoy to persuade voters and international opinion that sweet reason resides in the PP.

    Note from the editor: I’m not in favour, but it would be progress if Madrid had a stance like FT, that’s what I meant. Of course Madrid cannot be trusted, but, for example, if all tax collections is transferred Madrid would have a hard time not kepeing up it’s side of the bargain because no money would be forthcoming. Of course independence is always the best option becausee it depends on Catalans, not on Madrid (despite the threats).

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    Comment by Roger | 18 December 2013 | Reply


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