“Without a majority parliament to control daily matters, the referendum is unlikely to be carried out”, Joan Carretero

02.12.2012

Source: El Punt/Avui

Author: Anna Ballbona

“A minority government with 50 MPs won’t be able to govern for a long time”.

Joan Carretero, the president of Reagrupament, who supported Convergència i Unió (CiU) during the election campaign, pleads for a coalition pro-independence government.

What do you think of the distribution of political power after the elections?
For the sake of the process to become a new state, president Mas should have gained a majority that he hasn’t got. I would have liked it to happen but the public decision must be respected.

Do you share Madrid’s view on what happened rather than the international view on the result?
I assume everyone will agree with the fact that the Spanish know more about our matters than the British, who have just started to look into them. The Spanish experts’ main objective was to weaken president Mas and are now delighted that it actually happened. They know that if the president doesn’t have enough support, the independence process probably won’t be able to continue. The government needs to keep ruling. If you don’t have a majority in parliament to decide the budgets, to make day-to-day decisions, it is unlikely that you can launch such a significant process like a referendum.

Is the secessionist process in danger?
I don’t know. However, I honestly believe that we are further away from independence now than we were before 25 November. I don’t mean to say that secessionism is in a bad position, but I thought it would have got better by now.

Which alliances would you prefer?
A powerful government needs to be formed; otherwise we don’t stand a chance. It seems difficult for any other party to enter the government. This government will obviously have to keep delivering cuts and making unpopular decisions. Not many people like to accept such resolutions. Like it or not, elections will be held again soon if the government is not powerful enough, which it could be if an alliance between CiU and ERC (the republican left-wing pro independence party) comes into being.

Wouldn’t a legislature agreement without forming a coalition government work just as well?
In order to face the Spanish attacks and the lack of resources it is vital to have a powerful government with a strong leader. It would be far-fetched for the president to have to ask for help every time he needs to pass a law in parliament and to bargain with other parties to resolve matters with no relation to the referendum. A minority government with 50 MPs won’t be able to govern for a long time. The referendum we want to hold has many opponents: the Spanish Government, the Constitutional Court, the army, the Spanish bishops… How can we oppose them with a government which needs its dose of oxygen day after day? If someone cannot see this, they should get a pair of glasses.

(Translation: PM)