Know how to read maps

Colleague Enric Juliana often refers to the fact that politicians must know how to read maps.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
15 May 2024 Wednesday 04:23
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Know how to read maps

Colleague Enric Juliana often refers to the fact that politicians must know how to read maps. Maps locate the geography of conflicts, so knowing them is essential to address reality. In the last few hours, Alberto Núñez Feijóo has made a reading of the results of the Catalan elections that shows that he does not deal well with the political atlas. The electoral calls in the Basque Country and Catalonia, the hot regions of the peninsular map, have reinforced Pedro Sánchez's strategy, but they also introduce calm.

However, Feijóo has taken the map and has accused the President of the Government of fueling the process and has predicted that the PSC will make Carles Puigdemont president. Fan the independence movement when the result of 12-M has been a hose of cold water to the last embers of the process? Make Puigdemont president when the Catalan socialists for the first time in history have won in votes and seats, while the sovereigntist parties do not add up in any case? By the way, if he fears that the Junts candidate will win in the second round because the Republicans will give him their vote, it is enough for him to order his people to support Salvador Illa to prevent a repeat pro-independence president.

The map of Catalan geography is very clear. The victory of the socialists was based not only on the large cities (they were the first force in the ten most populated), but also on the growth in traditional Junts fiefdoms. And the five-point increase compared to the 2021 elections was distributed evenly in each of the four Catalan provinces.

I don't know if Feijóo based his predictions on an outdated argument from his party or simply tried to dampen the joy at the socialist headquarters, but maintaining that the process is very much alive is reckless. He only needed to add that he was not dead, no, no, he was drinking beer.

It is good to read the maps well, also for the PP, lest things happen to them like Mafalda, who believed that at any moment she was going to fall into the void because Argentina was right at the bottom of the globe.