Saturday, 4 November 2017

Why I side with the Spanish government

Various readers have taken issue with my congratulating the Spanish government for its manliness in dealing with the illegal Catalan referendum and half hearted attempt to secede.

After General Franco's long drawn out death King Juan Carlos (why do we not call him John Charles in English?) brokered a settlement whereby the Civil War divisions were put aside. Since the Islamist bombings catapulted Zapatero's socialists to power the left has sought to reopen the settlement and achieve the goals of the Republicans at the expense of Catholic Spain. 

Catalan independence is part of the same process as other left-wing achievements, including homosexual marriage. The rolling back of conservative, Catholic Spain has got to

the stage where a priest was recently prosecuted in Catalonia for saying sodomy was an unnatural sin.

Catalonia had her own October revolution in 1934 - an attempt to create an autonomous republic within Spain, which was crushed by General Franco, who thereby made his name. The referendum this year was a long delayed riposte. It was, like the 1934 rebellion, illegal and it ignored the wishes of Spain as a whole, which in 2017, as it was in 1934, is a democratic state. 

The referendum failed to get a majority of those who could have voted. There is no evidence that the majority of Catalans want independence. The last opinion poll on the subject that I know of, taken several months ago, shows a majority want to remain in Spain.

Now the Catalans will have their chance to vote in legal elections organised by the Spanish state. Who could object to that?

The dismissed left wing Catalan government were not nationalists. They are strongly in favour of immigration and of EU integration. If the Catalans really want independence, and the whole of Spain agrees, I'd have no objection, but Catalonia has never been a state.

I'd infinitely rather see Italy and Germany break up. Long live a free Bavaria, as Charles De Gaulle once said. I'd love to see the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies throw off the Northern Italian yoke. And an independent Flanders and Wallonia would make Brussels sit up. 

Why do I Iike the idea of Germany and Italy breaking up and not Great Britain? Because the former two are recent inventions and have brought disaster to their peoples and to Europe. 

Belgium is a country that makes no sense to anyone except the King of the Belgians and his family. It's an unhappy marriage. I mean Belgium is, of course. I know nothing about how happy King Philip and Queen Matilda are.

The Spain I love looks like it is supine in relation to the EU and to a very large influx of immigrants from Africa. I hope the old Carlist spirit reawakens. 

This article, published recently by the Gatestone Institute, argues that Qataris and Saudis hope to 'regain the "lost Caliphate" of Spain', by buying up assets and by immigration. It paints a picture of a Spain which had 100,000 Muslims in 1990 and now has nearly two million. This rapid, on-going change, much more than anything else, even including EU integration, is the real threat to the traditional Catalan and Spanish identity. 


  1. Calling it illegal is not an argument. The Boston Tea Party was illegal.

  2. The BTP was and organised by very nasty populist tricksters whom I wish we had hanged. The BTP led to a disastrous and unjust war and to ethnic cleansing. But much as George III was a good king and as far from a tyrant as can be his was not a democratic government - Spain today is democratic.

  3. Does one perhaps not refer to King John Charles for the same reason one does not refer to his former socialist prime minister as Mr. Cobbler?

  4. As usual ,you are correct sir.

  5. So if Catholic Spain and culturally Marxist Catalonia are so different in values, doesn't it make more sense for them to go their separate ways? What good can come from a forced association, especially now, after the Spanish authorities mishandled the referendum so poorly and inflamed spirits unnecessarily?