When Project Fear Shoots its Bolt 105

Zero companies have left Catalonia. The BBC, Sky News, France24 and Deutsche Welt have all told me repeatedly today that 1500 companies have left Catalonia. Goodness knows what the Spanish media is like – El Pais, soon to be renamed The Ecstatic Francoist, has put me off looking any further. But despite the media bombardment of fake news, actually no companies have left Catalonia at all. What have left Catalonia are not 1500 companies, but 1500 emails and forms giving a change of Head Office address. The companies and the jobs are still exactly where they were. In Catalonia.

Actually, it was very helpful for the Madrid government to initiate this process, because all those companies will need Spanish offices now their main premises are no longer in Spain but in Catalonia. They can now in addition register their Catalan premises with the Catalan state company register..

We saw Project Fear in spades in Scotland in 2014, but while they threatened that no business would remain in Scotland, they were not stupid enough to claim they had actually already left. Project Fear is a lot less effective when its bluff is called. The Spanish government has managed to call its own bluff, to shoot its bolt prematurely, and it turns out to be not a real threat at all. Now what does that remind me of?

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105 thoughts on “When Project Fear Shoots its Bolt

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  • Paul Barbara

    @ N_ October 29, 2017 at 09:37
    ‘This “analysis” is totally messed up. Seriously, @Paul, I know your heart is in the right place but you ought to learn how to argue better.
    “There is no way CIA would support Catalonian independence”.
    OK, you start with a clear claim. But you completely fail to back it up.
    “The CIA is a fascist organisation”.
    Well no, it’s not. (Try defining fascism.) And in any case, why wouldn’t fascists support Catalan independence? The whole idea of “independence” is shit anyway in conditions where the forces that really own our planet are most interested in making money. If that means Catalonia or Spain goes bust within months, they don’t give a fuck.
    And you mention the CIA. Do you remember how it supported Solidarity in Poland?…’

    ‘Meet Allen Dulles: Fascist Spymaster, CIA Operative and Elite Powerbroker’:
    ‘…Dulles ruled the nefarious operations of the CIA for a decade, transforming it from an intelligence gathering network to a dirty tricks agency, before he was ousted by President Kennedy, all while his brother, John Foster Dulles, was simultaneously commanding official American foreign policy as Secretary of State under President Eisenhower. As a duo, they projected American force to service their corporate clients, overthrow undesirable leaders and merge profit and agenda in a powerful way….’
    The CIA has since it’s inception backed Fascist military Juntas, particularly in Latin America.

    Since Spain is still run by Fascists (albeit ‘covert’ ones) it stands to reason the CIA will back them against Catalonia’s attempts to break away.

    Of course the CIA backed Solidarity in Poland, to roll back Communism. One of the reasons the West backed Hitler before and even into WWII.

    The CIA will do the bidding of it’s masters, the Banksters and Corporations, which is ultimately to force a NWO ‘One World Gulag’ on the world.

  • freddy

    Catalonia crisis: 1,700 companies flee ‘independent’ region
    Oct 30, 2017
    Madrid faces little resistance as it takes control from Catalan government
    Catalonia’s economy has taken a beating since the regional government declared independence on 1 October.

    Between 2 and 26 October, 1,681 businesses – including banking giants CaixaBank and Sabadell, and construction company Abertis – moved their headquarters from Catalonia to other parts of Spain, The Times reports. CaixaBank and Sabadell, which owns Britain’s TSB, have seen a total of €30m (£26.4m) withdrawn from customers’ accounts in recent weeks.

    Now things have quietened down, maybe the capitol escape, will stop.
    The people of Catalonia can carry on with their lives.

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