One can’t fault a casual reader for getting the idea that Spain takes its law and order seriously. The season finale of the Catalonia Spain drama seems to be drawing to an end. But for those more familiar with the country, this is an example of the Spanish government’s cynical hypocrisy. By amplifying a political problem into a full blown constitutional crisis, PM Mariano Rajoy and the Partido Popular (PP) are deflecting attention from the core issues facing Spain, namely their corruption.
We can only wonder if Madrid is under the delusion that simply taking over Catalonia’s government and having elections is their silver bullet solution. It is too dogmatic to understand that it is creating political martyrs for the independence movement to be inspired by.
The Tory exchequer has roughly four times as much money at its disposal as it did six decades ago. Yet, Britain’s richest 1% has as much wealth as the poorest 57% combined. When Theresa May says capitalism is the “greatest agent of collective human progress ever created”, what she really means is that it is the best model through which her class is able to financially enrich themselves by manipulating the institutions of society.
The footage of Spanish police beating and injuring fellow citizens who participated in a non-binding referendum was unsettling. The Catalan government claimed that 844 people were injured by the end. It looked like a western democratic country was melting down before our eyes. The crisis is more than just a regional cry for independence, but an ideological crisis that will continue to be driven by a deepening financial crisis and austerity. Will authoritarianism destroy yet another democracy?
Dear Catalans, You are not allowed to secede from Spain. The EU ‘owns’ Spain, and Spain ‘owns’ you. Catalonia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spain. Spain is a subsidiary of the EU. And the EU is non-negotiable. Vast amounts of capital went into this project; if it fails it will bring down the global banking system.