Despite a phenomenally incompetent candidate, proliferating embezzlement scandals, and a complete lack of credibility, the PSC is doing surprisingly well in the regional election campaign. Part of this is due to similar problems affecting CiU, but credit must also go to its propaganda team.
This poster of theirs–with our without my donkeys–appeals to the racism of conservative Catalan nationalism, without which vote Montilla will not triumph in a meaningful sense on November 28, but also to the fascism of “progressive” Catalan nationalism, which says that you will be accepted, generally in a grossly subsidiary role, as long as you swear to imitate faithfully the mediocre monotone we, the chosen people, have dreamt up for ourselves. (More anon of the ethnic supremacism underpinning Catalan left nationalism and Iberian anarchism in the 1930s.)
It’s clear that donkeys satisfy those conditions (Catalan donkeys are the best in the world, of course), but it’s pretty clear that those lazy, confused Andalusians who Montilla left behind don’t, and by this measure even voting for CiU’s Artur Mas must surely throw one’s Catalanity into doubt. I’m not altogether clear that a burning sense of what is right is an appropriate qualification for a politician, or that Montilla–who, for example, thought fines for using Spanish were fine until elections loomed–has that quality.
Perhaps it was naive to expect that the elections would be about stuff like hundreds of euros mysteriously going missing from teachers’ pay cheques in October and the scrabble to borrow money from anyone, at any rates, in order to be able to say on November 27 that the Catalan government isn’t bankrupt. A friend I had a drink with tonight certainly shares no such illusions–he’s going to as many different party meetings as he can, and shaking as many hands as he can without opening his mouth too much (just as well–he thinks Feijóo is the lehendakari), because all this will translate into contracts from whoever wins. Guns, goons and gold, as Mr Taylor says.
- Tapas bars, a British invention?
This isn’t about who invented bar snacks, or about why one particular gibber of Catalan nationalism should want to deny having
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.
- “The USSR saved Europe from fascism”
Stalin apologist Rafael Poch has published an article in La Vanguardia which belittles, falsifies, misrepresents the Normandy landings. That’s a common
- Catalan language policy: Marxist, Stalinist, Francoist or fascist?
The precedents for, and some possible implications of, the Catalanisation of Barcelona’s cinemas. Plus some crowd-pleasing video of the Quebec language
- Franco’s Catalans
There’s so much dreadful journalism in Catalonia that it’s a great relief to read Xavier Rius, head hontxo over at e-noticies.com.