“The Conjuring 2” is a rare horror sequel that delivers.
Gp4 - Catalonia
Full disclosure: I'm a native Catalonian - I vote in the regional Catalonian elections - I vote for the regional non-independency party. I also vote in the national Spanish elections, and used to vote PP (the current Prime Minister's Mariano Rajoy party) but I have always refused to vote for Rajoy himself, whom I despise both as a person and as a politician.
There are several reasons, historical, political, economical, cultural, for why a large minority of the Catalonian population, for decades (or centuries) have wanted to secede Catalonia from Spain.The central government is right on the legal side: the Spanish Constitution, as federalist as it is, does not allow for an independence process. But that's a legalistic answer to a political question.
Had the referendum gone through two or three years ago, when it was first presented, independence would have been easily defeated. But, instead, Rajoy and the central government used the judiciary and the (federal) public prosecution to derail any and all efforts to set up a referendum process, up to criminal prosecutions of malfeasance of public funds that were to be used, as well as limitations on the use of private donations for the purpose.
Rajoy's official position, that the referendum is illegal, and attempts to set one in motion are subject to criminal prosecution; that the Constitution needs to be amended before a referendum can take place; and that his party will block any attempt to amend the Constitution, just insures that the conflict continues to escalate.
There's no reasonable way to expect that jailing the elected authorities will convince the vocal -and large- minority that backs independence to call it a day and go home. On the contrary, it moves people in the anti-independence column, like me, towards more and more support for the referendum.
Let's have the referendum, vote no, and then we can move on. The longer it takes, the more likely the result will be a YES. I'm not sure it's not already too late.