Catalan politics as a microwave

Everyone has an appliance that only those in the house understand, a door that has to be closed in a certain way – no, not like that, like that, you see? –, or a microwave with a slightly broken wheel that only works with a particular wrist turn.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
13 May 2024 Monday 04:22
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Catalan politics as a microwave

Everyone has an appliance that only those in the house understand, a door that has to be closed in a certain way – no, not like that, like that, you see? –, or a microwave with a slightly broken wheel that only works with a particular wrist turn. If someone new comes, they simply don't get it. The door gets stuck, the milk in the coffee stays cold.

The same thing happens with the Catalan electoral map. That's why a very exasperating exercise on election nights and vote-hangover mornings is to listen to whatever gatherings from Madrid and verify that no one understands anything. On Sunday night, a screenshot from Telemadrid circulated showing the favorite result of its pactometer: one in which PSC, PP and Vox would govern together in the Generalitat. They saw it very clearly. At Ferreras' table in La Sexta, there was continuous talk of the "left tripartite" and, from time to time, someone was responsible for reminding viewers that this alliance has little in nature and would be very difficult to explain to ERC voters. .

Territories with complex electoral maps not only generate surprising phenomena – here, in the absence of a xenophobic party in Parliament, we now have two! – but they mutate more quickly and with a surprise effect. In Northern Ireland there are now a significant number of Protestants voting for Sinn Féin, which is something that seemed unthinkable a decade ago, and in Ripollès and Garrotxa someone who in the past voted for the CUP will have switched to Aliança Catalana without batting an eyelid. , although there are surely not as many as some interested readings claim.

It is normal that from the outside one does not know how to use this peculiar coffee maker, to understand this map that has hyperlocal parties – not only Aliança, are they not also the common ones, whose message is difficult to fit outside the center of Barcelona? – and a lexicon that changes from time to time. every election cycle. Now Junts no longer speaks of “independence supporters”, but of “Catalan obedience” parties. It's normal for people, including those around here, to get lost and end up slamming the microwave door.