The parties in contention in the Catalan elections have maintained their respective red lines in the face of the necessary pacts after 14F. Despite the fact that all the polls indicate that an agreement between two or more political forces will be necessary to reach the Generalitat, the second campaign debate, held this Sunday on TVE, has not clarified the policy of pacts either. All parties assume that none will have an absolute majority, but cross vetoes continue to be imposed.
Citizens and PP have wanted to tie short the PSC candidate, Salvador Illa, predicting that the Socialists will once again form a tripartite Government together with ‘comuns’ and ERC if they give the numbers despite the continued rejection of the PSC to any type of agreement with the independentistas . Both Illa and the ERC candidate, Pere Aragonès, have maintained the crossed vetoes between Socialists and Republicans. The former Minister of Health has also ignored the offer of the Citizens’ candidate, Carlos Carrizosa, to govern together.RELATED
“We will not reach any agreement with the PSC because we defend opposite models, they the 155 and we the republic,” Aragonès insisted. For her part, Illa has called on “the majority that wants to turn the page” of the independence government to support the PSC and thus lead “a clearly progressive government of change.” Aragonès has proposed to Illa a face-to-face meeting to confront “country models”, to which Illa has avoided giving a clear answer and has assured that he is willing to “talk to anyone about whatever it is”
In the independence field, the candidate of Junts per Catalunya, Laura Borràs, has insisted that her only option is a clearly sovereign government together with ERC and the CUP of which the ‘comuns’ cannot be part, which in turn have rejected the broad spectrum Executive – from Catalunya en Comú to PDeCAT, through the CUP and Junts – that those of Pere Aragonès advocate. The ERC candidate has defined it as a “broad-gauge and republican majority” Government, and has guaranteed the leader of the ‘comuns’, Jéssica Albiach, that there will be no “xenophobic” councilors, in reference to some candidates from Junts . Borràs has become a “guarantee” that there will not be a new tripartite.
Illa and Aragonès have engaged on account of European funds for the recovery. The ERC candidate has reproached the socialist for convening meetings “that are of no use” to the autonomies, while Illa has replied that for the Republicans “the problem always belongs to the others” and has called for “viable and serious projects.” “I do not externalize responsibilities, I want this country to assume them all, that is why I am independent,” Aragonès replied.
In health and economic matters, Illa and Aragonès have been the candidates who have received the most attacks from their opponents for the health and economic management of the pandemic. The candidate of the ‘comuns’, Jéssica Albiach, has spoiled the “triumphalism” of Aragonès in the balance of the action of the Generalitat of the pandemic, while the leader of the PDeCAT, Àngels Chacón, has criticized the Government “divided and overwhelmed “from JxCat and ERC for” not listening to the health or economic sectors. “
“The level of incompetence of the Government has been obvious and the management of the Government has been absolutely disastrous,” said the PP candidate, Alejandro Fernández, a diagnosis similar to that made by Carlos Carrizosa (Citizens) and Ignacio Garriga (Vox). “In Catalonia we have been abandoned by the hand of God in this pandemic,” said Carrizosa. “Vox will allocate the money that separatists and the left squander to masks,” Garriga has launched.
“They are all against me, a bit of humility and empathy that we are not so bad,” has settled Illa, who has asked “unity with Spain and Europe” to face the vaccination process. Aragonès has claimed that the Generalitat has hired 12,500 health workers. From the CUP, the candidate Carles Riera has made an amendment to all the other parties: “It is amazing that all the parties with government responsibilities are throwing the plates at their heads.”
The same dissent has aroused the sovereign process: Illa has demanded dialogue within the law, Borràs has charged against “the lack of democratic culture in Spain”, Riera has advocated for the independence of the Catalan Countries, Aragonès has claimed a referendum and amnesty Fernández has referred to the prisoners as a “separatist delusion” and Carrizosa has accused the independentistas of “Hispanophobia.”
In the debate, the representatives of Junts, ERC and the CUP spoke only in Catalan. The parties have thus reacted to the malaise of the public television workers in Catalonia, who have lamented in a manifesto that the election debate is broadcast for the first time only in Spanish and that the chosen moderator is not from RTVE Catalunya.