Some members of the Popular Party (PP) such as Calomarde has recognized in
public that they had a plan to accomplished during the elections with a
determined plan for Culture (1) that not only has
not been accomplished (2) but also has been frozen.
The PP was elected to change things around, to practice a different cultural
and educational politics.
The PP criticizes the rest of the political parties for using the language as
an electoral tool in order to reflect the image of the " saver" of the
language. Tarancón (3) states that the PSOE has
imposed the books used in schools which distortion the reality of the Valencian
identity and the position taken by PP is not to impose the Valencian language
(4); and I wonder: a) why is the PP following a
continuous politics? b) Isn't these words contradictories when the PP tries to
create the AVL after criticizing the members of the CVC specially when there is
an imposed pact between the PP-PSOE and not a concensus?
Also, Tarancón states that the society loses when the positions are dogmatic
(5); isn't incoherent that he still believes in
people that has a dogmatic position?
The PP and Eduardo Zaplana accused in public that the promoters of the non-law
proposition of the Parliament of the State of May 20th, 1997 and they voted
against the Valencian as a Catalan denomination. This was also the statement
of the Valencian Government (6), but at the same
time they were secretly negotiating with Pujol the proposition of creation of
the law of the AVL which was approved on September 2nd 1998 affirming that the
Valencian language could be called Catalan.
In PP's official agreement to the popular manifesto on June 13th states: " the
success of the public manifesto is attributed to the Valencian society that has
agreed to demonstrate in public the defense of our identity and language,
allowing as a political party that the Valencian society could be the only
protagonist…the auto esteem of the Valencians is guaranteed whit political
parties such as the PP" (7), at the same time, the
PP was negotiating with the IEC how to impose politically the law to guaranty
the "unity of the language"
It is also odd that the PP sent some of its members (Gil Lázaro, Pedro Agramunt,
José Ramón García Fuster, Serafín Castellano, José Cholvi, Fernando Castelló,
Martín Quirós, incluso a la misma hija de Eduardo Zaplana...) to the public
manifesto supporting " Norms of the RACV" and the RACV as the normalization
entity (8) while UV proposed as official norms in
the Valencian Council and the PP (Agramunt and Rita Barberá) voted against it
(9), proposing, some months after, the creation of
new laws against the manifesto of June 13th. What a joke!
In the communication media and public opinion, the PP has taking advantages of
well-known public figures from the PP such us Manuel Broseta, Vicent Giner
Boira, Juan Ferrando Badia, Miss Consuelo Reyna, etc. to make people believe
that the PP practices a linguistic patriotism that has never been true,
meanwhile, when managing the Public Administration and autonomic media, PP has
practiced a continuous linguistic politics as the PSOE also did when mandatory
to use the local language and Castilian when possible.
The most paradigmatic example is when LP published the dictionary of the RACV,
Joaquín Calomarde declared his disagreement to the Norms of 32 and in favor of
the RACV saying that "It is a rigorous and detailed work with great utility"
(10). He also said about the government of Juan
Lerma as "catalanist" (11). And just one year later
as member of the CVC, he participated in the writing of the ambiguous bill of
the CVC in which the Norms of the 32 are "the basic reference and starting
The PP is responsible for the disproportional, 3 to 21, members in favor to the
catalanist thesis in the composition of the CVC. This does not reflect the
social Valencian reality and it violates the general public opinion.
1. In Las Provincias, 1/20/1997." It is been a while and now we have a
government in the Generalitat Valenciana that is different from the Socialist
although things have not changed substantially. From my experience: I have
been a high school teacher for many years. The books that can be found in our
schools and the Valencian seminars have been published in Barcelona by
Catalan editorials or in other cases by Valencian editorials following the
Catalan linguistics. These editorials are been financed by the public taxes
obtained thought the Council of Education and Culture of the Valencian
Government). Many of the professors that wish they had studying materials
different from these cannot count on them due to the lack of equal
conditions. A good example is the dictionary from the RACV.
Imagine the political gesture, educational and cultural promise that would
allow this dictionary of the RACV (which is a great work) to arrive regularly
to the public and private schools. The monopoly on Catalanist editorials could
be broken up and there would be freedom for the professional teachers to choose
the teaching linguistic material for the Valencian subjects. It is only an
administrative matter for the Council of Education to promote a gesture of
political liberalism and cultural respect.
2. J. Calomarde, "What it could be done". Las Povincias, 8/8/1997.
3. Las Provincias, 25/5/1999.
4. Las Provincias, 28/5/1999.
5. Las Provincias, 23/1/1999.
6. Las Provincias, 30/4/1997.
7. From "The keys of the language pact"
8. As said in the closing speech in the Plaça America of the City of
Valencia, on June 13th 1997.
9. Levante, 10/11/1991.
10. Las Provincias, article of personal opinion, 3/1/1997.
11. Las Provincias, 3/1/1997. Article of personal opinion: The dictionary of
the Academy. Calomarde affirms that:"...what PSPV-PSOE did was to follow with
no exception the normative imposed by the Institute of Catalan Studies. That
normative was used for our universities and schools to choose the text books
in order to teach Valencian language and also to teach about Valencian
culture...it has been impossible to officially recognize an alternative way
to teach the language and culture.