Follow the money

Cordon Press

THE Catalans have a reputation for maintaining a mighty respect for money and knowing how to make it. 

“Spain robs us!” is one of the separatist faction’s loudest rallying cries.

The conviction that Cataluña gives any Spanish government, whatever its colour, more than it gets back is one of the pillars on which justification for independence is built.

Now former president Jordi Pujol has confessed to hiding a fortune in offshore accounts while two of his sons, Jordi and Oriol – another politician – face multiple corruption accusations.

Some of the very people backing a split from Spain have allegedly been robbing their fellow Catalans for decades. 

For the Madrid government at least, the saga arrives like rain after a drought and Mariano Rajoy can sit back and watch as the Pujol family helps to short-circuit the independence bid.

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    • Taran Wanderer

      07 September 2014 • 23:14

      The campaign for independence, fueled by Artur Mas & Co., is nothing but a sorry attempt at covering up Catalonia’s political issues (and scandals, as proved here) by drawing attention to something else. But Catalans are not all eager to follow Artur Mas blindly, and many have retaliated to say that, if accusations of “Spain robs Catalonia” are to be made, then “Catalonia robs Barcelona” needs to brought onto the table as well, with a movement asking for Barcelona’s autonomy in response to Catalonia, whom without Barcelona would hardly be any better off than Extremadura and others.

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