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!”
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.
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.
It 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…”