I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I saw this picture. As the English laugh at jokes about the Irish, and vice versa. They all play with prejudices that don't necessarily have anything to do with reality, sometimes they even just transfer your own inadequacies to others. In the latter case one laughs only at oneself, which is not bad if one is aware of it and aware of one's own prejudices.
Tabarnia was originally founded as a satire about the separatists and we know that in satire they can do anything. This satire is particularly „sneaky“. Those who speak English better than Spanish may spontaneously understand Lazilandia refers to lazy.
Why isn't it called Lazolandia? When you realize that the Spanish word for the yellow ribbons separatists wear is „lazos“, you notice that it very probably refer to „land of ribbons“. My Spanish is not good enough to give an answer why it is called Lazi- and not Lazolandia.
What I understand is that the industrial regions of Tabarnia (Tarragona and Barcelona) again voted strongly against the separatists in the last election. The chart illustrates the election results of the separatist ERC, which celebrates itself as the big winner among the separatist parties. Tabarnia comments: „In 40 years of democracy the Independentistas have never won an election. They have never won more votes than non-nationalists. In the last general elections they reached 40%, even though they had invested billions over decades in propaganda.“
The separatists are strong only in the rural regions and one must be aware that 80% of the Catalans live in Tabarnia. The electoral system with the preference of rural areas seems to ensure that the tail can wag the dog.
In Valencia, the most important representative of a national policy is the Compromís Party (green coloured nationalists). The German CBN judged on 31 May 2019: „The jubilation of Compromís, who ...once again celebrated an election victory with 27.44% and ten seats and with the help of the Socialists (19.24%/7 seats) will probably rule for another four years, stood in stark contrast to the long faces in Alicante and the situation of the party alliance ... in the province. On the Costa Blanca, the third strongest formation in the region did not“ achieve anything that could be regarded as a success.
On this blog I only talk about questions of nationalism and language. I leave no doubt that I am against exaggerated nationalism, be it German, British, Spanish, Catalan or Valencian, and that I reject any attempt to use the imposition of a language in general and as a means of nationalist politics.
In this sense, it is important to remain vigilant, because even the PSOE, which will probably provide the future president, has in the past in Valencia not exactly been anxious to combat exaggerated nationalism within its own ranks, and it has not played fairly with all of us when it comes to imposing Valenciano on us.