I realise this will probably cause only minor ripples on the Arrse however I am at present watching on TV on the Catalan National Day a massive march in favour of Independence staged in Barcelona. Initial figures talk of a million and a half people, which may be conservative. Considering the population of Catalonia is 7.5m, and a large proportion is recent immigrant this is significant. The official figures will seek to reduce this obviously and the march organizers to talk it up, but the streets are backed up for huge distances and the 1.5m may actually be true. Certainly all the trains were booked solid, every coach in Catalonia was booked and they ended up hiring coaches from France and as far as Zaragoza. The politicians both spanish and catalan will do their best to ignore this. The catalan president of the Generalitat is crapping himself at the thought that he might actually be the one to have to face the declaration of independence as opposed to just talking about it. However it just might start something, and the people are beginning to feel that they just might get somewhere. In the UK there is to be a referendum on Independence, something that is fine and democratic whichever way it goes. In Spain it is declared illegal as the Spanish constitution declares that the national territory is indivisible and inviolable. If the Jocks can have a democratic say why can't the Catalans? They tick all the same boxes as a nation and have their own language to boot. It's time the Catalans got to vote, after centuries of being unable to express their desire to be separate from Spain due to armies trampling over them. The consequences may be minor, and they may be great, because the Spanish economy would have a boot in the nuts if their biggest revenue producing area went on it's own. Also there is a section in Spain who would have the army on the streets, although the Spanish Army has changed a lot and I can't see it being happy at a repressive role. You read it here first gents. Visca Catalunya.