Jordi Pujol: my part in his downfall

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The autonomous Catalan parliament heads for a constitutional confrontation with Madrid over its illegal referendum on November 9th, declared by its president Artur Mas yesterday. It was only the day before this, in the Catalan parliament, that Jordi Pujol – the political “godfather” of Artur Mas – was questioned about corruption charges and left the building to shouts of “Ladron!” “Thief!”

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In 1991 as the Catalan politicians of Barcelona prepared for the Olympics the following year, they decided that their English needed improving. Jordi Pujol had the great idea of employing a team of English teachers to give himself and his immediate circle some weekend “intensive” English courses to bring them up to speed. As English teachers, it was the best money any of us had ever earned. Even better, we didn’t have to do any teaching. We just sat in a bar in Pujol’s home town of Olot while the old schemer rabbited away in Catalan with a cabal of his political cronies, safely hidden away for the weekend from the scrutiny of Barcelona opposition.

Jordi Pujol quite often depicted as Yoda Pujol because Yoda apparently his millions of Euros in another galaxy.

Jordi Pujol quite often depicted as Yoda Pujol because Yoda apparently stashed millions of Euros in another galaxy.

So, I must admit, with great embarrassment, that I too therefore profited from the corruption of Catalan politics. Hey ho, I can live with that.

 

 

 

 

flag ministerIt will be very interesting to see how the “illegal” referendum is tackled by Madrid, using constitutional law. Meanwhile, deputy prime minister Sáenz de Santamaría has been appointed “…flag and national symbols manager…”

 

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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