SHOULD THE US SUPPORT CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE?

This post is thought for those who want an answer to some of its questions and use Internet for that case. Needless to say that here you will find an answer but needless to say too that the answer may not be the one you would desire.

So should the US support Catalonia independence?

Well, at first, right now, it is obvious that the US just should remain silent. As any other country the US should wait and see …

But let’s imagine that the day comes when the world needs to know what the US has to say. Well, in this case, I imagine that the US just have to see what the EU says.

Once that said is it important to the US an independent Catalonia? Can that be good for the US? Some benefit of it?

It is obvious that if the US supports Catalonia indepence that can bring more little independence states into the European Union. Is htis good for the US? I imagine that this depends in the way this affects the EU.

Wrting this I am realizing how something that can be very important for us in Catalonia it cannot be at all important outside Catalonia or Spain.

As far as I know new states have been born in two ways: after a violent conflict or after an agreement. In the case of Spain and Catalonia it is not possible for me to imagine a violent conflict to take place as we are inside the European Union. Any violent conflict it would mean we go out of the EU at once, I imagine. And an agreement, we have not agreement right yet …

INDEPENDENTISTAS Y EN CASTELLANO

Sentint als Senyor de les Azores, el senyor Aznar, un té la sensació que aquí a Catalunya per culpa del procés sobiranista Catalunya es trencarà en dos. Em fa gràcia quan diu això ja que m’imagino llavors els meus veïns que tenen estelades als balcons com si fossin uns dimonis terribles. I també em fa imaginar que dins de les cases on no n’hi ha estelades estan plenes de famílies que no paren de plorar i on tots els membres ja s’han comprat un bitllet de tren per tornar-se’n demà mateix cap a Granada i així anar a casa de l’oncle que es va quedar a Granada i que els protegirà dels veïns endimoniats que tenen i que posen estelades als balcons. Vaja que amb la imatge d’Aznar m’imagino que Catalunya està plena de gent histerica o endimoniada. Tot el contrari de la gent que conec per cert.

Per una altra banda. ERC ens presenta un video on gent que parla castellà i té arrels fora de Catalunya doncs està encantada amb la independència. La veritat és que em xoca el video un xic però és evident que amb el maltractament que rebem de Madrid que fins i tot fan veure que ens fan un favor quan ens tornen una ínfima part del que ens han pres doncs bé no m’estranya que l’independentisme s’expandeixi per tot arreu.

De totes maneres suposo que els que ara li donen tanta importància al vot que parla en castellà són conscients que si ara demanen el vot fent servir raonaments econòmics llavors un cop Catalunya pugui ser independent gràcies també a aquest vot que és en castellà llavors caldrà tractar a tothom per igual. I a més de TV3 haurem de tenir una televisió pública en castellà. O hauran de veure aquesta gent que parla castellà la televisió via satél.lit que es fa en Madrid? Si la Catalunya independent només es pot fer sumant una majoria feta entre tots deixant de banda en quina llengua parlem com vull entendre veient aquest video llavors la Catalunya independent i amb dues llengües oficials ha de ser conseqüent. I sinó simplement facin com Solidaritat Catalana. SI no enganya. Pot agradar o no però no es pot dir que enganya. Fins i tot m’he quedat amb la intriga de saber com parla el castellà en López Tena després de dir que a quí a catalunya el parlem d’aquella manera …

Dic tot això perquè cal anar pensant en una Catalunya independent no només en com aconseguir-la. I en una Catalunya independent caldrà també una televisió pública en castellà. I si no sembla bé. doncs llavors siguem clars i fem com Solidaritat Catalana que només vol el català com a llengua oficial. A mi personalment el que el castellà sigui llengua oficial o no no m’afecta gaire però el que voldria de cap manera és que hi hagi gent que s’imagina una Catalunya esplendorosa independent i després un cop tinguem una Catalunya independnet es trobin que no tenen ni televisió pública per veure en una de les futures llengües de Catalunya.

Dit to això us deixo amb el video d’ERC. Per cert, millor un partit que intenta integrar que no pas el contrari. L´únic que dic és que se sigui conseqüent fins al final! Si ERC està disposada a voler guanyar vot de gent que parla en castellà que després tingui en compte els seus anhels! Ens hauríem d’ajustar tots als temps que poden venir! Si la part castellanoparlant de Catalunya se sent que a Catalunya pot viure com a casa tinc la sensació que la independència podria arribar ben aviat. I sinó, sempre ens quedarà voler la Catalunya que voldria SI amb només el català i potser esperar-nos tota l’eternitat …

Jo amb una Catalunya que se semblés a la d’ara on més o menys no hi ha problemes de convivència per raons d’origen o de llengua però amb la diferència de dependre només de Barcelona, Brussel·les i Berlin en comptes de Barcelona, Madrid, Brussel·les i Berlin ja em conformaria! Potser això per alguns no els agradarà ja que voldrien fer de Catalnya un simple estat més d’Europa. A mi el que m’agrada justament de Catalunya és justament que som diferents.

 

57% OF CATALAN PEOPLE ARE IN FAVOUR THAT CATALONIA BECOMES A NEW EU STATE MEMBER

According to a poll that I read in El periódico 57% of people in Catalonia are in favour that Catalonia becomes a new EU state member.

This worries me  a lot because if nothing changes in Madrid I can only see more people in Catalonia wanting to become a new state of the European Union.

And why this worries me?

It worries me because I have the feeling that we are going to suffer a lot in the following months and years. And I have the feeling that we are not going to win much. But do not get me wrong. I am not saying that things should be left untouched. I understand perfectly well the people that want independence. I totally agree with the referendum and so on. But I am quite unhappy because all this comes as a result of a lack of understanding. And that is not nice.

Some want to put us fear that saying that an independent Catalonia would be a broken society. I think they are exaggerating but I am afraid that things will never be the same again. And I am thinking about the few things we had.

These last weeks I have been thinking about the independence of Catalonia and I do not have nothing against it but I have a lot of doubts that this could be good for the Catalan language. It is true that we have been suffering attacks from Madrid but I am afraif that in a wealthy independent Catalonia a lot of people from Catalonia would come to work. What I mena is that the Catalan solidarity of this last years has made us poorer but it also has made that Catalonia did not get full of people from other parts of the still common state.

Once we are independent and in a Europe without borders Spain will become poorer without Catalonia so some people from Spain will have to come here. The richer we get the more people we will attract. This is what happens in Germany. Germany is full of people from Turkey origin. I have nothing about people from other parts coming to Catalonia but I feel a bit weird to break from Spain to just have more people from Spain than ever.

Until now Spain was supposedly the defender of the Spanish language in front of the devilished politicians from Catalonia. In a Catalonia independent and possible at odds with Spain it may happen that the new citizens of the new state ask for things that now do not ask! Now we have TV3 in Catalan. In an independent Catalonia and with the castilian too official as some say it is weird to think that people in Catalonia have to watch tv from another country to listen to an official language of catalonia! So a public television in Castilian will be needed if we do not want that a lot of the new citizens of the new Cataln state have to watch Spanish tv!

Can Spanish politicians be able to divide Catalan people according to its language?

Well, I am not so sure. People in Argentina, México speak the same language as in Madrid and they do not want to be ruled out form madrid either so I do not see nay problem in wanting the independence of Catalonia and speaking Castilian or Catalans. After all an independence does not mean we stop loving our heritages. Austria and Germany are two states and have a common language. Besides in Catalonia becomes independent it happens maybe the weird thing that when we go to Spain by car or by boat it is quite easy we hear not Castilian but Catalan.

What I think that could be a problem is if we do not realise that in order to become independent of Spain we need certain minimum agreements. If not I am afraid Catalan society may break a bit but not among Castilian and Catalan speakers but between those born in Catalonia or in what now is the rest of Spain. This could be a problem because Spain could not give double nationality. And even in the case of giving double nationality this would mean that some Catalan peole have tt a Spanish passports and other not. The only solution I can find is that Spain and Catalonia are in good terms. If not we would see some people in Catalonia leaving Catalonia. Spain could make us a lot of harm because a lot of people in Catalonia has been born in Spain outside Catalonia! Why should they renounce to its roots too? José Montilla, once the president of Catalonia, was born in Andalusia. it is obvious that when he goes to Andalusia he should have a Spanish passport. If not he would be a foreigner where he was born. On the other hand as a citizen of Catalonia he would have a Catalan passport. Well all this is quite sensitive because people in Spain could feel that people with Catalan passport should not have too Spanish passport. And people in Catalonia who have no family, no roots outside Catalonia may feel a bit weird that so many of the other Catalan citizens could enjoy two passports with its advantages!

Inb rief, what I am saying is that we should be careful. We could become independent now and thenstep by step being so full of Spanish people that who knows, maybe we end having in the 22nd century a Catalonia where the Catalan is less spoken than in La Franja, etc and having the sensation we are in a new Spain with thte difference that the capital is barcelona, the land is smaller, and there is a language too called Catalan that it is the own language of the new state but that has lost ground since independence.

For the Spanish economy it may be true that an independent Catalonia. But I am not so sure that for the Castilian won’t be better an independent Catalonia.

THE STREETS OF CATALONIA ARE FULL OF INDEPENDENCE FLAGS

If I look through the window I see four independence Catalan flags or estelades. If I go through the streets you see a lot of these flags here and there. It is true that most of the balconies do not have flags but it is also true that never before I had seen independent flags through the streets!

Some years ago maybe you could walk 30 minutes through the Catalan streets and maybe you could find maybe one or two independence flags or maybe none.

Now it has become quite trendy!

Quite strangely when I see these flags I remember the streets of Madrid one day I was there and the Spanish football team was playing in South Africa where it finally won.

Catalonia has independence fever and you can like it or not but that it is the truth. Just open a window, go to the street, watch TV and the independence of Catalonia is everywhere.

Are there Spanish flags in Catalonia?

Well, let me tell that I saw one yesterday! It was in a building next to a road with a lot of traffic and not very wealthy. It was a very big flag maybe twice the size of the Catalan flags you see in the balconies. But I just saw only one Spanish flag when I saw maybe 100 Catalan and independence flags the same day.

All these flags are in the balconies since September 11th 2012. Before I used to see just one independent flag from the window. it was nothing in comparison with now but it already indicated that something was changing as before never had I seen independent flags.

I wonder how people in a house agree to put such a flag in the balcony. Do all the people of the house agree or they just vote? Why we do not see more Spanish flags? Does that mean that the people who feel Spanish are afraid of expressing themselves or is it that as we are yet inside Spain they do not see the need to put the flag?

As I have moved through some towns and streets in Catalonia I have realized that people used to put flags where other people put flags. The center of towns are very typical. In residential areas next to the beach you do not see so many maybe because the houses are now empty. I also have realised few Catalan flags in some poor neighbourhoods. I thought this would be the first to want independence as it seems independence is needed because we need more money for Catalonia. In contrast the wealthy part of town seems fuller of independent flags,

EL MÓN NO ES DIVIDEIX EN FATXES O INDEPENDENTISTES

El dia 12 d’octubre anava en un tren direcció Barcelona i em va cridar l’atencióo un comentari d’un noi per telèfon. Es queixava de que semblava que aquí o ets fatxa o ets independentista.

Això m’ha fet reflexionar i adonar-me que ja n’hi ha prou. Ja n’hi  ha prou de tanta manipulació. Ja n’hi ha prou que aquí només se’ns mostri un món que sembla que només tingui cabada pel blanc i negre.

En primer lloc en vull queixar de TV3. I de tota gent que calla. Veient TV3 em fan ganes de plorar. És una televisió obsessionada amb la independència. A les seves notíces només cerquen tot allò que sigui atacar al govern espanyol.

A Catalunya hi ha gent que es creu que ells estan en el cert i els altres estem equivocats. Doncs molt bé, però jo no vull pagar per una televisió pública que està només al servei d’uns. Ja en tinc prou en pagar TVE que no m’agrada gens com per també haver de pagar una TV3 que cada dia em fa més vergonya.

CREC QUE JA ÉS HORA QUE ENS DESACOMPLEXEM I DIGUEM EL QUE PENSEM.

L’independentisme català ho té molt fàcil perquè a Madrid tenen els majors propagadors del sentiment independentista. Amb senyors com el senyor Wert o això de no deixar que ens expressem doncs la veritat és que comprenc que hi hagi gent independentista i de fet no tinc res en contra.

Però una cosa és defensar quelcom bonic i noble com que la gent s’expressi i decideixi el seu futur i una altra molt diferent és caure en fonamentalisme i que aquó tot s’hi val i fer de la televisió pública catalana una televisió de menyspreu reiterat cap a Espanya.

En el context actual el difícil a Madrid i a Barcelona és no ser nacionlista espanyolista o catalanista. Amb la gran crisi que hi ha a Espanya es pot compendre que Espanya no pugui acceptar rebre menys diners de Catalunya. Amb l’atur que hi ha a Espanya i les retallades seria molt difícil que a més el govern espanyol acceptés ara que Catalunya a més a més ajudi menys. Però això a Catalunya no es vol entendre. Per una altra banda és evident que és patètic que una de les zones més riques de l’estat hagi de demanar diners a l’estat quan durant dècades està donant diners de més a l’estat. però això a Madrid no ho volen entendre. Vaja que tan el nacionalisme de dretes d’Espanya i Catalunya s’han tancat en ells mateixos i en els seus projectes nacionals.

Entenc que a catalunya hi hagi gent independentista ja que a Espanya la dreta espanyola el projecte que té és que Catalunya segueixi pagant i callant i l’esquerra espanyola que jo sàpiga no té cap projecte engrescador que jo sàpiga. No és estrany doncs que aquells que prometen fer-se rics simplement no sent tan solidaris pugin com l’escuma.

Em pregunto si Artur Mas hagués tret tants vots fa uns anys si TV3 no li hagués donat suport fins itot amb programes com Polònia.

Fa poc teníem a TVC un canal dit 3XL idela per aprendre anglès. Doncs ara no hi és però si hi ha un canal d’esport que consisteix en mostrar esport per veure’l assegut a un sofà i no fer esport.

Aquest matí he sentit al lider d’ERC i ara entenc la raó per la qual gent catalanista no vulgui ser d’ERC. Ha parlat tan malament d’Espanya i de com de malament estava que gairebé més que ganes de sortir d’Espanya a mi m’han vingut ganes d’anar a judar un lloc que està tan malament. De fet espoero que els alemanys no pensin com el lider d’ERC ja que si a Europa tothom vulgués abandonar a aquells que pitjor estan CatalunyaCaixa no rebria diners d’Europa.

Una altra cosa que no entenc és que se’ns pinta una Catalunya independent rica i plena i evidentment dins d’Europa. Doncs bé, si això ha de ser així i a més el castellà també serà llengua oficial a Catalunya com deia el lider d’ERC llavors m’imagino que Catalunya s’omplirà d’espanyols cercant feina. Recordem que l’Europa que tan ens agrada és una Europa amb lliure circulació de persones.

Si Catalunya surt d’Espanya és evident que Espanya es fa més pobre i nosaltres tenim més diners. Però si som tan rics Catalunya s’omplirà d’espanyols en cerca de feina! Jo no tinc res en contra d’això però trobo un xic eccèntric separar-se d’Espanya per a tenir una Catalunya plena d’espanyols en cerca de feina. Com serem més rics i el castellà també es parlarà en aquí Catalunya s’omplira de gent d’Espanya i de gent que parla castellà. I si aquest no és el cas sent Catalunya tan pròspera llavors Catalunya s’omplirà de gent del Marroc i altres països àrabs. Tenint en compte que Catalunya és junt amb França i Bèlgica el país amb més musulmans de la Unió Europea potser s’hauria d’explicar això. Jo no veig cap problema que una Catalunya pròspera gràcies a no formar part d’Espanya s’ompli de gnet d’Espanya i d’altres països però potser caldria que això s’expliqui. Ho dic això pel fet que fóra bo que en una Catalunya independent la gent no senti cap sorpresa quan sortint de Catalunya i arribant als primers pobles d’Espanya a l’Aragó es trobin que als patis dels seus col.legis es parla més català que a Catalunya. Si això ja passa ara no em vull imaginar el que passarà amb una catalunya rica i pròspera que atreurà tanta gent d’una Espanya que serà més pobra.

És una llàstima que a Madrid no se n’adonin que no permentent un referendum el que fan és que la independència s’idealitzi. De fet he d’admetre que mentre Madrid no admeti un referendum fins i tot el que escriu no trobaria malament la independència. Aquest és el gran poder de  Madrid: fer independentistes allà on no n’hi havia. Però no vull caure en les trampes dels nacionalismes espanyols i catalans. Mai m’han agradat cap dels dos. Suposo que el nacionalisme espanyol sempre m’ha agradat menys ja que és el que fins ara ha manat. Però veient com va TV3 actualment cada cop tinc la sensació que el nacionalisme català només haurà estat idíl·lic mentre no ha tingut poder.

DOES THE.CAT SUPPORTS SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE?

Yes,but … No, but Yes, No but .. Yes No, No.Yes. What I say, Yes, but No, But Yes! Yes, but No! No? Yes? No! Yes! But, you asked me yes, but no, but independence, but Yes, But, well, but not, But Yes. But Not, But ohhh! Si, But I mean No, Nein, Ja, Oder … Aber Ja,ja, Oder Nein, Ja. Sorry. Yes but Not. Not but Yes. But Not. But Yes. So, what was the question?

Well, once I payed my little homege to Little Britain humour let me answer if I support or not Scottish independence.

Well I am afraid that the answer is more or less like the one above related to Litlte Britain.

I am so happy that there is a part of the world where independence can take place in a civilised way that just the fact that indepence is chosen or not it is not so important to me! I hope in Catalonia and Spain we had a similar way of acting.

Let me just say that I have been in London and Scotland and I love both places a lot. So I just hope that whatever it happens you continue being so civilised as now.

In 2014  if Scotland decides to become independent I would be quite happy because it will send a sign to the world that the Scottish have decided what they want. And if Scotland decides to remain part of a United Kingdom I would be happy too because it will send a sign to the world that the Scottish have decided what they want. So good luck to everyone!

THE.CAT SUPPORTS ANGELA MERKEL

These lasts weeks and days we have seen as more voices ask Germany to pay the bill. There was even a time when THE.CAT supported eurobonds to be implemented right now.

But THE.CAT, after seeing some behaviours in Spain now has realised that Angela Merkel is quite right in not accepting Germany to pay the bill.

Here are two reasons why I support Angela Merkel not paying the bill:

1. The Spanish government does not cut civil servant wages or increase VAT.

The Spanish government would love Germany to issue eurobonds so that Germany would be too responsible to pay them back. But why should Germany want to be responsible of paying back when Spanish government does not cut expenses by cutting civil servants wages as Catalonia, for example, has done?

2. Spain wants Germany to become another Catalonia.

During decades Catalonia has been paying money to Madrid that has never returned back. Solidarity money. I have nothing against solidarity but I find a bit strange that in Catalonia we have to have huge cuts in health and education to give money to the rest of the state. It is OK to give solidarity money but it is absurd to give it when this means that you cannot afford to pay for your education or health!

So now Spain has not enough with Catalan money. Now it needs also German money. So if Angela Merkel accepted eurobonds this would mean that both Germany and Catalonia would be throwing money to parts of Spain which are out of their control.

Today a president of one part of Spain has mentioned Catalonia and Germany. He has said that Germany has been known to be one of the parts of Europe who is now known for its lack of solidarity (Germany always paying most of European funds and now this is the way it is thanked!) Now he says that Catalonia with the fiscal pact wants to be like Germany: without solidarity!

So as in Catalonia we do not have sovereignty and Germany still has sovereignty I beg the Germans not to give up and not issue eurobonds if they cannot control what happens in Europe. In Catalonia we have been paying during decades and decades for the poorer parts of Spain and the only thing we always get contempt! So Angela Merkel is very right in not wanting to pay the bill.