The president of the Generalitat, José Montilla has announced that the time for a tripartite leadership has passed (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Speaking at the Grand Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Montilla said "The tripartite has done a great service, but their time has passed" and warned that he would not change his principals for a handful of votes in the Catalan parliament in exchange for being sworn in as president. Among his priorities, Montilla stressed today, to draft, out of the crisis, reforms necessary to sustain economic growth and social cohesion. "That is not negotiable". The president acknowledge that he can not be satisfied when there are 500,000 unemployed and said "We must ensure the survival of the system for the protection of the weakest". He also warned that he wanted to promote a new era of confrontation in Catalunya and the rest of Spain.
According to recent figures household incomes in the poorest areas of Barcelona have fallen by 18 percent whilst in the richest areas, it has increased by 3.7 percent (read article in Castilian here, El País). Figures have revealed that in the poorest areas in Barcelona, for instance Peguera in the Nou Barris, average Catalan capital had decreased by 18 percent compared to 2009. In 53 of the 73 barrios in the city, families live with incomes below the average. District councillor for Nou Barris is not surprised that the area has the lowest income figures of the city saying "The houses are all owned by the Housing Board. They live on very low incomes." Explaining that the empty houses are often used as social housing, for those that can not afford to pay rent. On the other side of the scale, Les Tres Torres area of Barcelona has the highest average income. For every €100 the average household earns, residents here earn €222. According to the Ayuntamiento, its inhabitants were richer by 3.7 percent compared to 2009. These figures now make the difference between the wealthiest and the poorest districts around 416 percent, ie. the average income of families living in Les Tres Torres is more than five times higher than those in Can Peguera.
Just 10 out of the 810 Barcelona candidate positions are occupied by non-Catalans (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Of the 510 candidates in Barcelona, which represent six parties, only 10 represent immigrants in Catalunya. Of them, seven are of North African origin, two are South American and one is from Senegal. Six are from PSC, four from ICV, and one each for both CiU and ERC. From that list only Roberto Labandera from Uruguay and Mohamed Chaib from Morocco (both PSC) have a genuine chance of being elected. Chaib, has spoken out about the acts of the PP party and warns that to uphold discussions on immigration that mix in crime is very dangerous and encourages fundamentalism and extremism. Chaib, who settled in Catalunya in 1982 argues that immigrants "must make an effort to integrate, what happens, is that sometimes it is difficult if one is being insulted." He added, "There are parties who do not believe in the discourse of integration."