Montserrat Caballé was not a good Catalan

iultkjyhgdfdIn Catalonia, we have been witnessing the socially and culturally dominant hegemony of nationalism and a regime which exerts unseemly psychological and moral influence over society for forty years now.

The recent funeral of Montserrat Caballé, held entirely in Spanish, led the popular, pro-independence tenor José Carreras to exclaim:

There is nothing to say  –but I will saya little bit more Catalan wouldn’t have gone amiss.’

This is just one example of many of how the constant manipulation by nationalist power groups finds its way into even the most intimately personal acts.

Even when it is not subjected to direct action of any kind, this power is exercised by simultaneously imposing certain forms of social behaviour and discrediting dissidents.

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Key to the problem: who defends plurinationality

Catalan nationalism has always defended plurinationalism

Which of the two demonstrations has two flags?

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Demonstration for the Spanish Constitution under the motto “We are all Catalans, for coexistence and common sense”, 2017
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National day of Catalonia, called by the nationalist government, 2018

9846512 Spain

65132 Catalonia

486512 Independent Catalonia

Something else, not captured by the words, is going on here.

Review of ‘In the mire: a federal alternative to the Carlist soviet’ by Joan Coscubiela

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‘This book is the child of doubt.’ So begins the book by first-time author Joan Coscubiela, offering some insight into the intellectual honesty of this historical and adroit Catalan trade union and communist leader.

And they are not idle words. To acknowledge the practical failure of the two fundamental principles of left-wing politics in the last fifty years can hardly be called insignificant. I am referring to not managing to integrate migrant workers in Catalonia under the ‘one people’ paradigm and the now questioned advisability of exercising the right to self-determination (‘perhaps it is not the wisest thing to do at this time’).

He defended both policies with a passion throughout his long political career, first as general secretary of the Comisiones Obreras union (1995-2008), then as a member of the Spanish parliament (2012-2015) and, finally, as a member of the Catalan parliament (2015-2017).

This is no small exercise in self-criticism by a man well-acquainted with political life in constitutional Spain since its very inception. At the same time, his biography serves as a useful inroad towards understanding the development of the present situation in Catalan society and the actions of its leading political figures from a historical perspective.

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A practical case study of the Catalan press: If this is the truth, wait for the lies!

Hair-raising headlines and fierce, angry statements from celebrities, opinion formers and political leaders followed this news:

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They broke my fingers one by one and groped my boobs, laughing
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You furnish any video and I’ll furnish the war! (1)

On the afternoon of 1 October 2017, the La Vanguardia, the most popular newspaper in Catalonia, ran the following story (2):

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Wake up Government! Leadership also means communicating!

THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO ADVANCE AN ARGUMENT HAS ALLOWED THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE NARRATIVE TO PREVAIL AS THE ONLY TRUTH

yukrtjgsfbdThe police intervention of Sunday 1 October to prevent Catalan secession left nearly a thousand bruised and battered, and two people in hospital for a few days.

I have desperately tried to discover why the judges and government decided to take such a course of action, but haven’t been able to find anything.

Were the police charges necessary? Was it necessary to prevent voting at the limited number of polling stations operating?

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that Spain lost the communication battle on 1 October.

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Catalonia Referendum: SNP legitimates Spanish stance, but wrongly insists on the ethical principle of self-determination

This is SNP’s statement on the Catalan question:

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It can be summed up as follows:

First, it declares that the Spanish government’s position is legitimate:

The SNP Scottish government states that:

1. The Catalan and Spanish governments are perfectly entitled to take positions for and against independence.

It then qualifies its stance by adding an ethical condition:

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