There’s the old rule that you should never ascribe anything to malice that could be explained by incompetence, but after the recent performance of the government in Madrid, you got to wonder.
Ignacio Wert, the minister of education, made headlines this week with his statement that the intention of the central government was to make Catalan students more Spanish. Granted, he did qualify his statement somewhat, but he should have known that he was confirming every paranoia that Catalans have about attempts by Madrid to create a homogenous Spanish culture (don’t mention Franco). A deputy from Catalunya sarcastically thanked Wert for “helping to open the eyes of so many Catalans”.
Today, he decided to continue digging himself into a hole by telling a reporter that anyone who was scandalized by his statement was suffering from mental problems.