The decision of Esquerra Republicana to support the suspension of the accused Laura Borras as a deputy, thus losing her status as president of Parliament, she has opened a rift between the two coalition partners in the Government. In Junts per Catalunya, the party chaired by Borràs, there are those who think that “this disloyalty” is “sufficient reason” to leave only Pere Aragonés. It is the thesis defended until today by the president of the Catalan chamber. But there is an important part of JxCAT that rejects it. More than 250 senior positions would be lostwith salaries between 30,398 and 117,453 euros, which many have been earning for decades.
The loss of Borràs’s deputy status, once the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has opened an oral trial against her for various crimes of corruption, is seen as “an attack” and “disloyalty” by its ERC partners.
“It is not permissible,” they say from JxCAT. But they warn that “the response has to be measured well.” Breaking up the Government today, leaving the Aragonese President alone and pushing him to an early election, would leave hundreds of Juntero cadres without salary and employment for several months. And that could cause a flight to the private company of profiles that would later be difficult to recover.
Specifically, the positions that would cease to occupy their positions are general secretaries, general managers, directors of public companies and advisors, in addition to the ministers and ministers who are appointed by Junts. A legion of militants who have been jumping from responsibility to responsibility for years, with the sole exception of the two tripartite governments led by the PSC. So, some of these 250 senior positions were relocated to other administrations that depended on Convergence.
If they leave the regional government, unlike other occasions when elections have been called, they would go directly to unemployment instead of occupying the functions on an interim basis. That would also cause them to lose their salary. In the event of breaking away and Aragonés deciding to run out of office, throwing himself into the arms of the Comuns and the PSC, his time out of office would be even greater.
Laura Borràs, together with the deputies Francis of Dalmases y Aurora Madaula, are the most in favor of breaking the coalition agreement. Neither they nor their respective teams have been in politics for long and, consequently, do not owe their working lives to the party. They have the backing of an important part of the bases, those who joined Junts without having had any previous connection with the extinct CiU.
In front of them, with Secretary General Jordi Turull at the head, leaders such as Albert Batet, Damià Calvet o Marta Subirà -all of them from the youth of Convergence and who have spent decades linking responsibilities in the public administration in the form of appointments- reject the rupture and are committed to maintaining the coalition. Despite the mistrust that having dropped Borràs has generated.