Euro-nationalism is still a terrible idea.

This piece about Catalan #indyref crystallises everything I hate about what I call Euro-nationalism. It’s wonderful that they’re all so engaged:

Kilted men wearing saltire capes and foam fingers on both hands danced in the aisles as “The Red Hot Chilli Pipers” played a bagpipe version of Don’t Stop Believing.

Sorry. That was the other lot. Let’s try that again.

Clara, 20, a university student, is one of nearly fifty thousand volunteers who made Sunday’s vote on Catalan independence possible. I meet her sitting behind a ballot box in a school-turned-polling station in Barcelona, a big smile on her face…

But what is it they actually want to do with independence? Well, stop paying into the Spanish government’s finances. What this means is nicely demonstrated by the following map from here. Blue regions’ per capita GDP is at 90% or more of the EU average. Yellow ones are between 90% and 75%. Red ones are 75% or lower.

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So what we’re really saying here is “Stop paying social insurance for people in places like Extremadura, some of the poorest people in Europe. Punkt, ende.” That fundamentally selfish and meanspirited impulse is what unites Clara, the SNP, and UKIP; the Euronationalists have spoken and they said “Want! Me! Me! Me!”

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Alex Harrowell is a 33-year old research analyst for a start-up telecoms consulting firm. He's from Yorkshire, now an economic migrant in London. His specialist subjects are military history, Germany, the telecommunications industry, and networks of all kinds. He would like to point out that it's nothing personal. Writes the Yorkshire Ranter.

One thought on “Euro-nationalism is still a terrible idea.

  1. Dear Sir,
    I have read your article and I feel appalled at how terribly informed you are. I cannot speak for other peoples, but in the case of catalans the main motivation in our case for independence is fear of aggressive spanish nationalism. We are a national minority in Spain, which has historically tolerated badly national diversity. In the past we have suffered violent repression and prohibition of our culture and language. We hoped that with the end of Francoist dictatorship we could find a favorable arrangement in some kind of federal state. It has been proved impossible. In the last ten years there has been a ressurgence of intolerant spanish nationalism, that has permeated through all the spanish society. We feel our language and cultural heritage is at danger. This has caused the surge of catalan independentism, not economy. Economically we are only marginally better than Spain, and I no doubt we would be better off if we were independent, but even in the case we got worse it would be preferible if being independent there could be a future for the catalan nationality. Don´t blame minorities of greed. Economy it´s a secondary factor.