The State is money

Santi Vila says that “for moderate people, beyond their own ideas and prejudices, the reality of the facts matters”. So far, ideas and prejudices have been imposed. The time for the facts has arrived. And the reality of this hectic week has been what I can describe. Monday, October 2: anxiety in Spain. Against the announcements of the central Government, there was a vote. The independence movement showed strength and won the battle of opinion in Europe. Tuesday, October 3: the King highlights the “extreme gravity” of the moment and urges the public powers to maintain constitutional order. They receive it with caceroladas in Catalonia and applause in the rest of Spain. Wednesday, October 4: Puigdemont tells the King “well no”. But the calls of businessmen who say to Puigdemont increase: “So not, that you take us to the precipice”. Thursday, October 5: Banc Sabadell, alarmed, moves his headquarters to Alicante. The bag rewards him, as he rewards the other companies that flee from Catalonia. Friday, October 6: The press reflects that the markets are dealing a serious blow to the independence movement. Santi Vila proposes a ceasefire and, if necessary, delay the DUI to set up two negotiating teams.

Additional annotations: article 155 loses strength. In his television appearances, Puigdemont (TV3) is seen decayed and Junqueras (“The Sixth”), disoriented. ANC and Òmnium freeze the protests, even if for caution before the National Court. The street sign changes, and there are hugs to the Police and Civil Guard where before there were rejections and signs of weakness of the State. Something changes. The State paid for its bulky errors and the separatism began to pay: abused the street siege, put fear in the social body and left the Govern with an image of submission to the radicals. Rajoy, following traditional custom, did not need to move from his speech: “Let them go back to legality.”

Who was the first to be alarmed? The money. Pela moved the Catalan board. For now, the social. The politician is in the hands of men like Vila. But know one thing: if Oryzon, Sabadell, CaixaBank and other companies had not punched the table, we would continue in the image of the absent state of Catalonia and the unstoppable progress of the separation. The passion of the moment is defined by a portrait: until now there was a fight between “the strength of the Spanish democracy” (Rajoy) and “the strength of the Catalan people” (Puigdemont). Now we are facing an old confrontation: markets against ballot boxes. In view of the evolution of the conflict, neither King, nor Government, nor courts, nor Constitution: the State is money.

In between, the proposal of Vila: truce to negotiate. It is the most positive exposed after 1-O. It only has two problems: the part of Spain that represents Alfonso Guerra and says that with coup plotters it is not negotiated and the part that Rajoy represents and says that before you have to go back to legality. And that could be understood as inviting surrender.