The consultation of the Olympic Games: from the Diagonal to the Pyrenees

The 12 months 2010 was the ‘Annus horribilis’ of the then mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, and, generally, of the PSC and the PSOE. That was the 12 months through which the foundations have been laid for the loss within the 2011 elections, each of the Catalan capital, like the presidency of the Government. And through which it was sanctioned the tip of the tripartite by the hands of Arthur More and CiU.

In that 12 months, among the many many stones that weighed down Hereu within the 2011 elections, two got. The proposal, in January, to host the 2022 winter Olympics and the Diagonal session. Now, exactly in 2022, the question strikes from the long-lasting Barcelona avenue to the Pyrenees. Exactly like so many Barcelonans do each weekend.

Hereu changed Joan Clos when the PSC perceived the exhaustion of the mannequin primarily based on main occasions, one thing evident with the failure of the Forum 2004. Hereu’s speech targeted on the ‘metropolis of individuals’ versus ‘of stones’. But the autumn in recognition, as a result of lack of safety within the streets, took Hereu again to the socialist consolation zone. Thus, after 1888, 1929, 1992 and that fateful 2004, Hereu offered one other date-fetish: 2022.

According to what EL PERIÓDICO printed, and Hereu denied it, the primary concept had been to go for the summer season video games once more, however at the moment that was a closed protect of Madrid of their useless makes an attempt to grow to be the venue. The winter candidacy, subsequently, following this story, was thought-about to be a plan b, kind of just like the Fòrum de les Cultures, whose preliminary concept, as introduced Pasqual Maragall was to host a common exhibition. As the deadline for an Expo had already ended, a ‘one thing’ needed to be invented, the Fòrum.

Hereu took the pre-candidacy to coronary heart. He traveled to the Pyrenees and even to Vancouver, the Olympic metropolis, to take notes. But the disaster got here, the session of the Diagonal and the lack of the mayor’s workplace, by the PSC, which had held it since 1979. Xavier Trias It was finished with the mayor’s rod.

The undertaking went into dry dock in 2013, when Trias I give up to current the candidacy for 2022, however left the door to 2026. At the tip of his mandate, the concept was reactivated. And now with Ada Colau as mayor, ideologically towards it, due to the local weather change and the nice splendor, it was the businessmen of the Pyrenees who pushed for the candidacy.

And on this pre-Olympic context, Hereu, in May 2010, obtained the session in May. Hereu was not a mayor with ‘baraka’, as testified by the right storm that enters opposition, co-religionists Y contracted corporations they ready him

In an interview on this newspaper, he superior the concept of ​​reforming Diagonal. Its authorities companions, ICV, very secret Porto Alegre at the moment, they demanded {that a} participatory course of. Hereu mentioned sure.

jordi portabellain full effervescence of the consultations for the independence that he led Alfred Bosch, He proposed submitting it to citizen session. Hereu mentioned sure.

After accumulating 28,000 different contributions from residents, the technical providers of town council ready two initiatives that may be summarized as lentils on boulevard both lentils in rambla, however at all times lentils.

And there, Quim Forn, quantity 2 of Trias1, set the grasp lure. He claimed that, along with the 2 initiatives, there must be a 3rd choice, ‘not one of the above’. And Hereu mentioned sure.

Shortly after the session Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapaterowho had spent two years denying that there was any disaster, obtained off his horse earlier than the insurmountability of the actuality. And he launched the primary cuts, forcing native powers to do the identical.

Once the Atlantic storm over Hereu and his workplace was established, the primary lightning flash was missing, and that was the vaudeville of the mayor’s vote. He went to an area city corridor to vote electronically, in a system that the Spanish multinational Indra had arrange. She was unable to vote. And what’s worse, he pretended that he had voted. And as if that weren’t sufficient, somebody supplanted the id of Alberto Fernández Diaz, the municipal chief of the PP.

Right hand resignation

Hereu and the primary deputy mayor (and first secretary of the Barcelona PSC federation, then a insurgent below the path of José Montilla), Carles Martí, established a thermometer of resignations. If the third choice gained, the IT supervisor of the city corridor, Pilar Conesa, went to the road. If it exceeded 50%, the particular person in command of municipal planning, Ramon Garcia Bragado resigned. With 80% of ‘no’ and a really poor participation, it was the almighty Martí who folded sails. The Diagonal workplace was nominated, in 2011, for the worldwide Fiasco Awards.

ERC discovered a sizzling potato, the candidacy, from which it has gone from detachment to a sure affection. Will Junts be extra Convergència than Junts and can it help the ‘sure’ vote? Or will it promote a vote of punishment for ERC and the ‘president’? Has Esquerra walked into the lion’s den? Asked a supply from the Palau de la Generalitat about it, his reply is succinct: “Ours [consulta] it’ll be fine.”

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