The hangover from the end of the independence course

The Government has gone on vacation without an end-of-year party, not because a lunch was not scheduled for the ministers with the president this Monday, but because it was suspended a few days before without any official reason.

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05 August 2022 Friday 16:52
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The hangover from the end of the independence course

The Government has gone on vacation without an end-of-year party, not because a lunch was not scheduled for the ministers with the president this Monday, but because it was suspended a few days before without any official reason. The agenda fit on paper but Junts did not seem to be the time to celebrate with the ERC partners after voting for the suspension of Laura Borràs as president of the Parliament. Even more so when in the extraordinary executive of the party, the ministers Jaume Giró, Lourdes Ciuró and Gemma Geis joined those who asked their president to step aside, as Josep Rius, Albert Batet or the deputy to the general secretary David Saldoni also proposed. .

Borràs' departure continues, now only within Junts – even taking advantage of vacation absences at the top – while ERC waits to check Jordi Turull's strength. The exconseller tries to get the waters back to the channel in the convergent style. El nostre mal no vol soroll … if it weren't for the fact that, after the defeats in the two stages of the Junts congress and the parliamentary suspension, the Borràs troupe survives thanks to the assisted breathing of noise on social networks.

Turull supported Borràs in his decision to barricade himself in Parliament and Junts will not propose a new president –leaving the institution in an interim situation– but he also marked territory. He stopped the debate on leaving the Government on behalf of Borràs: at the end of August the executive will address the audit on the pact with ERC in a meeting and the conclusion will be transferred to the national council in September. That is the political timing. Then there is the moral authority.

With as much subtlety as clarity, Turull recounted among his worst political memories the day that the newly elected president Quim Torra went to jail to ask the "legitimate ministers" to resign. The Generalitat was intervened and only a classic Government would restore self-government. They granted it. Torra, former president and disqualified, accompanied Borràs in suspending him and asked without hesitation that Junts leave the Government. And among the ministers there is a question: Why don't they propose to leave the Parliamentary Table? That is where the suspension was voted with the votes of the PSC, ERC and the CUP. Junts' representative is Aurora Madaula, and she defends leaving the Government.

Bearing in mind that 58% of Catalans do not know which parties make up the Consell Executiu or do not get the combination of acronyms right, the “war stories” that Pere Aragonès calls to park weigh in the backpack of all independence supporters. It is a problem for ERC that the "everyone is equal" is extended. Hence the forcefulness in the speech against corruption, focused on Borràs, and the announcement of a new course full of initiatives to save the suspense in the polls.

“The Government is doing well, the party….”. It is the official mantra in Junts. But it is not an exact diagnosis either. There is no reconciliation with ERC on the dialogue table. The president's thesis is that Junts does not participate in the negotiation but the Government does”, something that Junts denies to the point of rejecting that the pacts be signed under the letterhead of the Generalitat. In addition, in the speeches by Vice President Jordi Puigneró, Giró, Ciuró and Geis at the last Consell Executiu, it was underlined that the Government's agreement on the composition of the table states that its objective is to defend amnesty and the right to self-determination and that, therefore, For example, the shielding of Catalan in the educational field should be addressed in other spaces.

Aragonès maintains confidence in the ministers of Junts despite the uncertainty of the Borràs hangover. Giró has already launched a discreet second round of contacts in search of support for the budgets of the Generalitat, ready to fight even within Junts. The CUP has ruled itself out and, although the cheapest pact would be with the PSC, ERC does not want to tie itself to the Socialists in Madrid beforehand. So navigation only has one destination, the common ones, and several certainties. 1. Eliminate the inheritance tax, despite Junts, is not on the table. 2. Another thing is to try a gesture with the heritage, increase the salaries of officials and adjust the pressure to lower incomes. 3. ERC cannot afford to run aground on the budgets, here and there, nor at the dialogue table. Before Junts will make decisions and not only for Borràs.

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