SELF DETERMINATION IN SPAIN FOR CATALANS
SCOTLAND FAILED THE REFERENDUM DOES ANYONE REALLY OWN YOU?
SELF DETERMINATION IN SPAIN FOR CATALAN´S. In an ideal world the people’s voice should be heard and a resolve to political matters regarding self governing should be sought peacefully and with respect for the aspirations of all who are seeking to lead themselves.
Wouldn’t that just be great?
The dramatic events of Scotland’s referendum were rolled out for the whole world and in particular for Europe to witness.
ALEX SALMOND’S RESIGNATION
Alex Salmond resigned his position as First Minister of Scotland hours after the results were announced and in place now is Nicola Sturgeon. Scotland look set to continue with their efforts for independence.
So to say they are lying in wait to see what happens in this transitional period isn’t the case here, they are battling on.
‘United we stand, divided we fall’.
Please don’t let this be the motto that rings through their ears!
Consolidation does goes out to the dedicated efforts of the ‘Yes’ voters of Scotland.
They were looking for an opportunity to govern themselves and thrive as a country and above all a strong community. They were seeking a cleaner, greener more sustainable future, which in fairness the country is adequately, well more than adequately capable of supplying their futures with.
They have the potential to power 25% of Europe’s energy by means of wind and wave energy, which to date is lying untapped.
A huge sigh of relief was felt by the No voters, late into play the tactics were altered. They really thought it would have been a walk in the park.
The aggressive turnaround leadership was enacted when they rolled out Gordon Brown late into their campaigning. Brown took to his role vivaciously, a character and personality displaying far more passion that what was witnessed in his time of power leading the United Kingdom.
Take stock of the opportunity presented now and how strong a United Kingdom can be if they truly believe they can do it together. The communication channels need to restored, it’s clear to see this has been detrimental to the power of them collectively to date.
Whether they are Scottish, English, Irish or Welsh all are looking for real results now. There is no time now to leave the POWER with the Corporate Industries, give the people a voice, give the people the respect to demonstrate what and how they believe they can collectively live and work side by side for the greater good.
What impact has this made on the rest of Europe, especially Spain?
HOW IS SPAIN DIVIDED POLITICALLY?
This is being heard loud and clear in Spain who themselves are looking for a Referendum come 9th November.
The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has congratulated Scotland’s citizens for “clearly and unequivocally” choosing to remain part of the UK and the European Union.
Rajoy vocally made his voice heard in the hope his country listen loud and clear to his feelings over the Scottish result, “en masse, peacefully and with scrupulous respect to the laws of their country”.
Harsh to think because of the position they find themselves, they were willing to make the stand of refusing Scotland’s entry back to the EU, if they had become independent.
Why you may ask? Well they are facing a similar situation with Catalonia presently. Catalonia is the North East Region of Spain and if they successful power on we will see the Basque Region follow suit.
To put this to bed central Government in Madrid have declared there will be no referendum come November 9th 2014. This is presently how their opinion is standing, it is being coined the ‘illegal vote’.
WILL SPAIN AGREE A FREEDOM VOTE?
The ruling coalition in Catalonia’s regional government hopes to hold a referendum on independence on 9th November, which has been declared unconstitutional and therefore illegal by the central government in Madrid.
This is their self determination referendum.
“Do you want Catalonia to become a State?”
If the vote sways in favour of yes, the next question would be,
“Do you want this State to be Independent?”
POLITICAL PARTIES IN SPAIN
These are the parties that have a voice and can represent Catalonia at parliament.
CiU, Liberal & Catalan nationalist coalition (CDC 37 seats, UDC 13 seats). Their goal is a sovereign state, some leaders of the UDC are still defending a confederal approach.
ERC & pro Catalan Independence Party (21 seats) supports independence and signed with CiU.
PSC Socialist Party(20 seats) are against independence but ok with the referendum.
PPC People’s Party (19 seats) say no and a referendum is illegal.
ICV-EUiA ecosocialist & Catalan nationalist coalition (10 seats) they defend the right to the referendum, but no indicators as to their voting preference.
C’s Catalan-Spanish bilingualism & Spanish Constitution (9 seats) against the referendum, unless Spanish Parliament approve it.
CUP Anti-capitalist, socialist & pro-independence party (3 seats) in favour of independence and want to form a socialist country outside of the European Union.
It follows with mixed views, there is a clear vote of ‘NO’ by the People’s Party, who believe it is illegal and goes against Government in agreement with this are the Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD).
The Foro Asturias is in opposition to self-determination because
“National sovereignty resides in the Spanish people”.
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party see it as a “road to nowhere”.
The Plural Left, Amaiur believe in the right to self govern. The Basque Nationalist Party will jump right on this as will the Galician Nationalist Bloc who will be looking for governing powers for themselves in the future and this sets the path on course for them.
CATALANS IN RETALIATION
Artur Mas in retaliation to Central Government.
“If they think in Madrid that by using legal frameworks they can stop the will of the Catalan people, they are wrong, “the Catalan leader said. Even though Scotland lost their vote of independence the fact remains they still had the right to vote. 7.5 million Catalans are looking for their right to exercise their vote.
The Catalan Parliament has approved the vote, as of the 27th September, yet central Government still are blocking it and appealing to the Constitutional Court.
SOCIAL MEDIA WORK THE POLITICS
Scotland made way for an unprecedented voting campaign and included for the 1st time voters from the age of 16. This
These sixteen year olds have to be commended as to their knowledge and interest in what was Scotland’s most major decision to date. They have had a taste of politics only to lose that next year at the General Elections. These teenagers engaged in this campaigning and many could speak more coherently than the adults voting. The part Social Media played in this campaigning is evident in the knowledge delivered in news to these youngsters. Social media has now become a major player in the message sent home to people; it isn’t controlled or silenced like typical media format.
1st TIME VOTERS
Of those aged 16 and 17 – who were given the vote for the first time –
Yes = 71% voted yes
No = 29%
Hope over fear never rang true for the over 65’s, this age group had the highest percentage of ‘NO’ voters.
Yes = 27%
No = 73%
There is without any doubt significant changes needed now in order to recover from this and move on.
The overall percentages for the Scottish Referendum for the 5.2 million population with an 85% turnout for voting was
YES = 55.3%
NO = 44.7%
Social Media Statistics for # Tweets
1. #IndyRef – 3.75m
2. #VoteYes – 1.1m
3. #Scotland – 439K
4. #ScotDecides – 272K
5. #BetterTogether – 224K
The Scottish Tennis Player Andy Murray tweeted on referendum day. It was RT’d over 19,000 times, with almost 15,000 favourites. Oh the power of the Tweet!
Spain are tweeting now
What is your opinion in such a heated debate???
SELF DETERMINATION IN SPAIN FOR CATALANS.