I've been having it out with a large number of Remainers who are, at present, in a terrible bind of cognitive dissonance over the events in Catalonia. On the one hand, the EU must, at all times, be seen as being *GOOD*. But, on the other hand, what is happening in Catalonia is inextricably linked to EU imposed austerity and the wider push for a united states of Europe and so I am seeing many Remainers engaging in tortuous, mental gymnastics trying to hold these two competing ideas together. It's actually quite hilarious to behold.
The plain fact is, Remainers can't have it both ways and, in attempting to do so, are betraying themselves to be either ignorant fools or willful ones.
Or, just plain liars.
The Commission has issued this statement. It says the referendum yesterday was illegal. But it does not say that the Madrid government prevented a referendum legal in Spanish law, and went on to repress the only one which could take place. It also restates the Barroso doctrine - that if there were a legal referendum on secession in an EU state then the entity seceding would be outside the EU. There was also some game playing with this issue in the UK earlier this year with the SNP where the EU tried to put the Uk government under pressure in the Brexit negotiations. The SNP took the bait, but then later paid for it at the ballot box in the general election because the Scottish people themselves are presumably not as stupid as the SNP. But now, with Catalonia, the line is firm. All political, diplomatic and legal resources are being thrown behind the Madrid state and Rajoy. This is the reality of the EU. Cataloniaâ€™s claim to self-determination should have been tested in a legal referendum. Instead, the whole crisis has been driven by Madridâ€™s attack on autonomy, itself driven by the need to impose austerity during the Eurocrisis. In other words, Madrid is doing the EU's dirty work for it.
The EU's reaction to all of this is the silence of wolves. It would be easy to picture the EUâ€™s reaction if the drama in Catalonia were happening in distant, â€œbarbarianâ€� Eurasian lands. The peaceful referendum in Crimea was condemned as â€œillegalâ€� and dictatorial while a violent attack against freedom of expression of millions of people living inside the EU gets a pass. In any event, whatever spin may come out over the coming weeks, the silence of the EU betrays the fact Brussels is puling the strings in all of this.
It is precisely because the EU cannot survive the democratic mandates of the peoples of Europe, that they and their vassal regimes in the various states are going to dispense with any pretense of democracy. At that point, all hell is going to break out. What happened to Greece was just the aperitif. The main course has just begun with Catalonia. There's a lot more of this kind of thing to come and not just in Spain.