Report by Kevin Williamson
(Note: the article below and the headline above have been tweaked since it was first posted earlier today …. see Comments).
“LUKEWARM BACKING FOR AUTONOMY PLAN”
Barcelona residents gave a lukewarm thumbs-up to the idea of full autonomy from Spain in an informal referendum organised by pro-independence activists on Sunday.
Just over 91 per cent said yes to the idea of full independence – however, the turnout was a modest 21.4 per cent in the city, which is the capital of Catalonia.
The two sentences above were The Scotsman’s full and comprehensive coverage of Catalonia’s consultative national referendum on independence, the final round of which was held in Barcelona on Sunday.
There is some interesting use of language in the above “article”. Note the careful insertion of “lukewarm” into the headline which suggests “move along, folks, nothing to see here.” (The word “independence” must stick in their craw too much to include in the headline.)
Likewise the use of “just over 91%” translates in Scotsman-speak to “What kind of half-arsed result is that? A full 9% voted against it. Can’t be that popular if it got less than 100% endorsement, eh?”
The referendum, we’re told, was “informal”. A pipe and slippers referendum, perhaps, mug of tea and broken hobnobs. The sloppy Hootsmon report even reads like it was Barcelona rather than the country of Catalonia that wants “full autonomy from Spain”.
The report may not be deliberately misleading. It’s possible that the filler piece was written by a young intern from the University of Google who couldn’t give a fuck either way.
Still, it doesn’t excuse the fact there is no in-depth commentary on this important story. And no mention that this rolling referendum has been conducted in 530 municipalities over a period of eighteen months using a vast army of 50,000 self-organised volunteers.
There is no mention either that the Artur Mas, President of the Catalan Parliament, and leader of the CiU, took part in the vote and voted for Independence. There is no mention either that, for the first time, the majority of MPs in the Catalan Parliament have indicated they support full independence from Spain.
And strangest of all there is no mention that TODAY the Catalan parliament are voting on a motion from one of the smaller pro-Independence parties (Catalan Solidarity for Independence) calling for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence*
While its highly unlikely the motion will get passed at this first attempt, that it’s even on the agenda gives an indication of how strong feelings are running.
What else did The Scotsman forget? Oh, aye, any kind of analysis of why Catalonia wants to leave Spain. Or why the break up of Spain into smaller more democratic states has now gone past the point of return. Plus the implications of all this for Scotland, and for other stateless nations in Europe.
While the Scottish media don’t want to inform the Scottish public about these important developments Bella Caledonia will continue to monitor events closely. (For more information on the Catalan independence referendum see previous Bella article here by SNP observer, Grant Thoms).
*Article 2 of the Spanish Constitution, which is a legacy of the days of Francoist fascism and runs counter to the UN Charter on Rights of Nations To Self-Determination, explicitly forbids the break up of Spain whether through legal or parliamentary means. This fascistic clause has been interpreted by some in the Catalan Independence movement as meaning that Independence can only be achieved through declaring UDI through the Catalan Parliament then negotiating agreements with the international community.