- Mar 7, 2010
The all or nothing approach is a result of the way Madrid has treated the region from Franco to the present day. The spectacle of the Storm Troppers on the streets did little to win hearts and minds and certainly stirred up the young folk. All new independent countries are chaotic at birth but how many go back? It is only a matter of time, they will gain independence or a least a vote on it, then they can freely decide.The problem in Catalonia is just that, the strident/militant on all sides do seem to have the most influence and they don't seem too inclined to accept a referendum result they don't like. I've met a lot of people from that part of the world down the years, some Spanish migrants, some immigrants and some nationalists. They all share a common bond in a very strong dislike for how they believe Madrid treats them, as a source of cash for others. That to me is a starting point.
The all or nothing approach is massively divisive and with internal population changes it is not even guaranteed to be accepted. I think the type of Basque autonomy is a model they could look at for control of taxes and their own finances. I also reckon the independence move has to start out as a conversation, not as conflicting protests.
I'd also say anyone who is determined to pursue the independence route should take a good hard look at Brexit as a reminder of how a shambles of no detailed plan would work.