I agree with Martí Saballs on this one:
Catalan politics has become an operetta that discredits a whole people [OK, that’s not a word I’d use]. The Italianisation is so extreme that it is coming to the point of no return. The divorce between citizens and their representatives may finally achieve magnitude that the explosion could be ferocious.
It’s gone beyond stuff like small kids in the park all talking Spanish and their teacher refusing to talk to them in anything but Catalan; when you’ve got separatist councillors extorting money from civil servants in return for job security, when politicians are content with legislation that is pure and utter gibberish, when the regional state loses sight of individuals and puts all its energies into the creation of updated and soon-to-be-imposed collective identities, then you’re asking for trouble.
If you can ignore the stupid sniping at the US, then the interview (subscription) with Canada’s minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Stéphane
- “Blair’s hiding something from us”
La Vanguardia invests a lot more in foreign coverage than some other Spanish newspapers but still ends up getting a lot
- Public sector reform to satisfy both PSOE-IU-UPyD and PP
Tertulia (Spanish for “old men talking about what they had for lunch”) on Radio 5 because Radio 3 was so terrible
- Amando de Miguel gets something right about English
Amando de Miguel’s blog contains myriad hoards of fascinating localisms, but, as has been observed in the past, as soon as
- Quantitative analysis by language of Barcelona publications in British Library Integrated Catalogue
The Catalan government continues to claim that public use of Catalan was prohibited during the dictatorship, but everyone sensible now agrees