Monday, 24 October 2011

The anti-immigration, anti-Islam Catalan nationalist party Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC) seems to be intent on raising its profile outside of Catalonia. It has held a series of events in other parts of Spain, most recently Valencia. It's not clear whether they are thinking of fielding candidates outside of Catalonia or, more likely, looking for alliances with comparable parties in other areas. In many cases, though, there aren't any comparable parties in the other parts of Spain, so it looks as though PxC is trying to stimulate them into existence.

At the recent event in Valencia, Josep Anglada, leader of the party, said “the serious immigration problems and the disgust with the political caste are common to Catalonia and the rest of Spain," and that he considered he had a "responsibility" for that reason to articulate "a political option throughout the state that will put an end to the current fossilised two-party system and open up a path of hope and profound political change."

He said he had detected "a huge social demand for this alternative third way" that the PxC represented. "We will be able to articulate this politcal need and we are sure that in a few years we will be able to become a political force with a significant percentage of the vote and popular support throughout the state."

"Catalonia's real problem, like that of Valencia, is immigration. In the end, the true threat is that in future we will end up with people speaking Arabic or Castilian with an Ecuadorean accent. That's what worries us really."

Anglada met with Valencia's secretary for National Relations, who spoke of "the seriousness of the demographic problem" the old continent was confronting.
"Taking into account the pace at which immigrants are arriving and their birthrate, Europe will be at the point of no return in about 20-25 years. This is the time we have to react politically."
Source: Alerta Digital

This is a good excuse to quote from Roderick, Last of the Goths again.

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