Thursday, August 21, 2014

Agost, el mes d'August

Fa 2.000 anys que morí Octavi Cèsar August, primer emperador de Roma, que va viure més de dos anys a Tarraco, comferint a la ciutat, capital de la Hispania Citerior, la capitalitat de l'imperi. D'August ens queda el record cada vuitè mes del calendari. ( A DiariMés. edició del 21 d'agost 2014 http://www.diarimes.com)



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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Gone with the wind

Article publicat a DiariMés avui, 5 d'agost, 2014. I sota la traducció a l'anglés.






































English translation:

Gone with the wind

"The revolution devours its own children”. The sentence was attributed to Maximillien Robespierre, as he was way to the guillotine to be beheaded in 1794. However, the phrase is attributed in origin to the Girondist Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud. Among other reasons because Robespierre had tremendous jaw injury and could not speak.

What is currently happening in Catalonia is not (yet), by any stretch of the imagination, a real revolution. Indeed, however, it is a period of great change. And the changes are also of some protagonists of the political scene. Within weeks we have seen disappear from the stage of politics in this corner of Europe, through the side door of the scenario, the head of the state, the opposition leader in the state and also his counterpart and party colleague in Catalonia, and the man who has been president of the Generalitat for nearly a quarter century. A superficial analysis can attempt to determine that each case is different, and possibly individually the result of various circumstances, distant or out of its time.
The head of state, King of Spain, abdicated. This may seem an initiative, shall we say, "sovereign". By his own regal will. But forced by situations and circumstances that include a personal history hardly justifiable, when it became evident his adventures elephant hunter in the company of a woman who was not his. His ageing and health problems, though evident, have been denied by the crown. The precipitation that has surrounded the abdication, with a special law passed in haste, followed by protection of impunity also validated in a hurry, points clearly to a political decision and, surely, imposed.
The leaders of the thus far majority opposition party, the PSOE and its version the Socialist Party of Catalonia, had quit in quick succession because the lack of support among their own followers. The landmark may well have been the results of the disastrous European elections.
Jordi Pujol, the great leader, now retired, of the conservative coalition that has governed Catalonia over 23 years, immolated himself revealing fiscal irregularities involving his family, but in magnitudes yet to clarify that question seriously his personal and political integrity.
But, from my personal point of view, these events all recognize the coincidence in time with the progress of the process for the independence in Catalonia. The abdication of the king could have prepared better, more quietly and with a sound legal support. It was the prospect of a period of uncertainty next autumn, which has put fear that simply could not be carried out, lacking the parliamentary majority necessary to pull it out.
The Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba political life could be well finished after the electoral defeat in May 25th. He lingered on but only to support the hasty decisions of "the state", which may not be supported by his successor. Pere Navarro was blown in the wind by the separatist faction of his own party, split in half, or perhaps more than half.
If were it not by extraordinary pressure of the independence movement, is more than possible that Jordi Pujol had continued concealed by their coreligionists and not really pursued by the central government tax people.
Those who insist that Catalonia's independence is impossible, certainly around last Christmas also would considered impossible for the Bourbon king, Jordi Pujol, Rubalcaba and Pere Navarro would not be around by the end of the first half of the year. Not that they were impediments to the process, alas! there are others, but the dynamics of the events directly caused by the independence movement, have blown them aside. And we will see many others before the end of the year.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Amb la independència, els politics seran els mateixos?

Publicat a DiariMés el 29 de juliol, com a contribució al Tertúlia que l'ANC-Tarragonés celebra el 30 de juliol a la tarda, com a part de l'activitat del progarma ESTEM PREPARATS, per a un nou estat.


Uff!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

La herencia de Jordi Pujol

Algunos chorizos se comen con "pa amb tomaquet"...
Pero hay más cera de la que ahora se incendia.
Que JP confiese una herencia de su padre no declarada, en la misma linea que Emilio Botín y JC de Borbón, viene de la época en que la inseguridad en que vivíamos todos permitía a los ricos esconder dinero en el extranjero sin demasiada vergüenza.
Recuerdo el chiste del período entreguerras:
Cuando el rey de Inglaterra estaba preocupado por la actividad de los nazis y la posible invasión de la Gran Bretaña, pidió consejo a un industrial catalán. Éste le dijo: "Majestat, jo posaria el Canadá a nom de la dona", ...pondría el Canadá a nombre de mi mujer, en uso del derecho civil catalán del régimen de separación de bienes, ...i uns dinerets a Andorra ... y unos dinerillos en Andorra.
Recuerdo que cuando, en época de Franco pillaron al alcalde de Tarragona y unos concejales en un lío clásico de malversación de fondos públicos y especulación inmobiliaria, se dieron a la fuga pero al alcalde lo cogió la Guardia Civil en la Seo d'Urgell, de camino a Andorra. El concejal, que había salido antes, cruzó la frontera y vivió en el exilio hasta poco antes de morir, ya anciano. El alcalde se tiró 6 años en la cárcel.
(La chapuza era tan mayúscula que incluso en el corrupto régimen del franquismo no pudieron taparla: compraban terrenos rústicos a los payeses para luego revenderlos después de recalificar la zona como polígono industrial. Sucedió que, como eran unos chorizos pobres, pagaron con cheques de la caja del mismo ayuntamiento, supuestamente para devolverlos cuando se cerrasen las ventas. Los pillaron enmedio.)
Se podría afirmar que la práctica totalidad de los empresarios medios catalanes tenían cuentas en Andorra. Y eso desde tiempo inmemorial. Lo de "Espanya ens roba" se compensaba con un "En Andorra te guardan la pela" porque, a ver, ¿quien iba a pagar impuestos a un estado fascista?.
Pero una vez hecho el caminito, se ha hecho difícil renunciar a prácticas antiguas. Por cierto, los empresarios vascos hacían (hacen) lo mismo: una parte para pagar el Impuesto Revolucionario de ETA, y otra para si vienen malos tiempos.
La fórmula más común (y modesta) es comprar una segunda residencia en una zona de esqui...por gente que en su vida soñaron en ponerse unos esquies por edad o forma física. Perdió algo de vigencia durante el boom de la inmobiliaria en España. Pero no son raros los apartamentos de medio pelo en La Massana repletos de objetos de lujo y mobiliario carísimo, y una caja de seguridad potente para la panoja, prudentemente cambiada a dólares o libras esterlinas. La llegada del euro ( y los billetes de 500) evitó estos otros cambalaches.
Cuando volví a vivir en Cataluña, mediados los años 80, alguien ya me dijo que el hijo mayor de JP, Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, era un pájaro de cuidado. En 30 años no ha podido mejorar.
Lo que parece que ahora se evidencia tiene que ver con la herencia del abuelo Florenci Pujol, al menos en parte. Más me parece que con ello el padre (JP) asume una responsabilidad de dineros que han traficado los hijos, de procedencia poco clara y de buen seguro fiscalmente opaca, que son los que van a tener que dar cuenta al fisco y a la justicia. Mi impresión es que Jordi Pujol ha sacrificado su reputación para encubrir a una familia que ha utilizado la proximidad del poder para sus negocios.
La gestualidad de Convergència es que eso va por ahí, y que ahí se pare. Otra cosa puede ser que el lío incluya la opaca financiación del propio partido. Pero CDC ya ha tenido líos, los de Prenafeta, secretario de CDC y Maciá Alavedra, ex-conseller de Economía, perseguidos por Grazón en el 2009, y el más reciente del Palau de la Música que tiene la sede de CDC embargada para pagar fianzas. Si CDC tuviese más dinero, se hubiese salido más fácilmente del lio del Palau.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

La "inconstitucionalitat" de la Constitució espanyola"

Artículo publicado en DiariMés el 22 de julio de 2014 como crítica a una ultradefendida Constitución que a mi no me merece demasiado respecto.


O sea, eso.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ficar-se en politica

Aquest altre article es va publicar també a las páginas d'opinió de DiariMés el 15 de juliol de 2014

Que ficar-se en politica avui dia és quasi una obligació.



XA

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Coronation day... Spanish style


As a republican I am fond of "republication" or "republishing" previously written stuff. Sorry about that.
These days they are changing the king in Spain. And that comes with a ceremony.
It has been announced it will be a modest celebration, with no foreign dignataries invited nor religious ceremony in "Los Jerónimos" church, site of weddings and funerals or the cavernous Madrid cathedral.
Back in 2008 I published here a piece around Barack Obama Inauguration that went:

"From the back of my mind, way back, come the memories of Queen Elizabeth II coronation, in June 1953. The coronation of a monarch is the type of event you might expect to see only once or twice in a lifetime. I was just a child and obviously I could only see the event in the newsreel they usually showed before the movies in all the movie theaters in Spain: the “No-Do” for “Noticiario Documental”, a compulsory francoist propaganda instrument. Those days there was no TV in Spain yet.

At home there was much talk about it, as my mother was of British ascent and anything British was of importance for the family. More over as one of my mother’s sister, Patrito and her husband Modesto traveled to London for the celebrations. My uncle Modesto had abandoned his career as a dermatologist to become sales representative of the British pharmaceutical Booths in Spain, a much more profitable job in those obscure years of Spanish autocracy.

They brought with them a few souvenirs and trinkets to share with the family. I still remember a beautifully made toy size reproduction of the Queens chariot, with the long train of horses mounted by the all dressed up equarries. The toy sat on one of the library shelves for many years after. One of my cousins who has recently moved with us, says she still has the horses, not the coach, somewhere lost in one of her still unpacked boxes.

Around those days, my English teacher, a very peculiar spinster, used to pester us with a traditional English street song that went:

Oh! on Coronation Day, on Coronation Day
We'll have a spree, a jubilee, and shout, Hip, hip, hooray
For we'll all be merry, drinking whiskey, wine and sherry,
We'll be merry on Coronation Day

the lyrics of which escaped to our then poor language understanding.

She also tried to put into our heads, without success, a Children's Prayer for The Queen on Coronation day, that I later learned had been written by Enid Blyton of “The famous five” fame.

As Queen Elizabeth is still alive and kicking and may well outlive her mother, we may not get to see another British coronation day.

In Spain, our current king Juan Carlos coronation now just 33 years ago, was a rather gloomy affair. A few days after the death of the dictator, the country was still mired by the uncertainties of a difficult political situation. I would say there were more celebrations for Franco’s death than for the king’s inauguration. Much attention was paid to the Cardinal Tarancon speech as he encouraged the new monarch to pay heed to the Spanish people claims for democracy.

By the way, the Spanish kings are not crowned. The crown is laid there in a stool and never sets on the monarch’s head.

Actually being a republican, I do not give a hoot where the damn crown sits. I would not mind it sat on the head, as long as it was possible to separate the head from the body, French style."

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Well then, little to add.


XA