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Disqualification is a win-win for Quim Torra

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Far from being a problem, the disqualification provides the former regional president with innumerable advantages
Voces Layetanas
José A. Ruiz 29/09/2020 2101
The statement that Quim Torra was seeking the disqualification that has just discharged him from the presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia will not surprise anyone. Obviously, this statement cannot be taken for granted unless conclusive evidence appears beyond Torra's attitude, who has sought this result actively, and the innumerable advantages (and zero disadvantages) that this result entails for him.
Let's list everything that the former nationalist president has achieved with this probably sought outcome.
End of his responsibilities
Disqualification means for Quim Torra the end of his worries. The responsibilities of the position have neither been sought nor been able to carry them out. In fact, if the disqualification had come before the pandemic, the now former president would have gotten rid of many problems that he hasn't been able to face, as it has been evident by the fact that the Parliament took a year and two months to start legislating, or his inability to work as a team with the rest of the regional presidents or his improvisations when taking Catalonia out of phase 3 in record time to make it the first community to suffer the second wave and be removed from tourist destinations two weeks before the rest of the country.
Golden retirement
Quim Torra acceded to the Generalitat charging more than double that of the president of the government of Spain and, after three years in power, his salary has been raised three times. Twice his own payroll and once his retirement pension, the one he'll collect next month. It was raised by another 0.9% in the middle of the pandemic, along with that of their bosses Puigdemont, Mas and Pujol, and he camouflaged that rise in a decree law of urgent measures against Covid-19. Incredible, isn't it? But it's a fact.
The campaign is served
What better campaign start could PDECAT (or whatever name his party be called next month) have to stand in the elections? Victimism and martyrology, the same thing that prevented Esquerra from giving Puigdemont the sorpasso three years ago. It's known that Torra promised on several times to bring the elections forward due to the paralysis of his government, but then he would be leaving through the back door. One of the main objectives of the search for disqualification was not to leave, but to be fired by the "fascistspanishstate".
The enemy becomes his defender
The one who is suffering the most with all this, without a doubt, is nationalist rival party Esquerra Republicana. Those of Junqueras confronted Torra's radicalism with a lower profile and a falsely moderate and reasonable appearance, which together with the former "mandelian" attitude of Junqueras offered them good prospects for the longed-for leadership of the independence movement. However, faced with this situation, those from ERC cannot miss the opportunity to join the protests, thereby claiming their enemy whom they can't longer attack. Moderation was lost and Junqueras was lost, whose peaceful attitude had already been cracked a long time ago and whose deep and suffered martyrology is now overshadowed by that of a simple and unfamiliar man but who is laughing on his face while his faithful are forgetting their imprisoned boss. In addition, no pro-independence party will monitor his management or remind him of his failures. Only the constitutional opposition will be able to do it, and from it it can cross out the socialists, who need to be okay with nationalism (remember the veto of the King?) and are not going to say a word against nationalism. Or has anyone heard Pedro Sanchez raise his voice to it since he was put in charge of the Spanish government?
He won't step in jail
That's something that Torra was always very clear about. Victim? yes. Silly? no. His wife already declared to La Vanguardia that they didn't intend to set foot in jail. The crime committed by Torra has probably been selected very carefully by him and by his lawyers (perhaps even Gonzalo Boye himself), so that it was something symbolic but unequivocally criminal, but innocuous enough to ensure his disqualification and not jail. At the end of the day, Junqueras situation is not enviable and Puigdemont (despite living comfortably) has lost his coveted lifetime pay by eloping. No, the choice of Torra (if it has been) has been the most suitable for a quiet retreat.
The promised rebellion
Torra declared back in the day "I want a fierce, anti-system president of the Generalitat" and after the the Mas and Puigdemont violations of law she could not "abide" by Spanish justice. Ok that his crime is so mild that it won't bring him consequences, but in return he leaves a balance of street vandalism committed by "his" CDRs (Torra claims to have family and friends in those street intimidation commands and in fact his wife participated in the siege to the El Prat airport and her daughter's car was located next to the road blocks in La Junquera). The streets of Barcelona have burned, security forces, journalists and dissenters have been attacked and pig heads have been thrown at the Mossos because of their disqualification. Torra wants to say goodbye amid flames, and then become a former president who can boast of having risked before the Spanish government, even though he has not done so.
So it wouldn't be entirely unreasonable to think that Torra, from his most intimate circle and behind closed doors, is not receiving any condolences.
Congratulations are in order

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