It’s sad to see attitudes and opinions in Catalunya becoming as polarised as they’ve been in the United Kingdom since the EU Referendum. In reality, these differences have existed for a long time but recent events have brought them out onto the streets. And now Catalunya has to figure out what to do when one half of the population wants something avowedly different to the other. The underlying situation is not the same as the UK, of course, since Catalunya is a region trying to detach itself from a nation state, rather than nation state trying to pull away from a political and economic union of countries. But the nature of the debate looks depressingly familiar: a flawed, but functional, status quo being defended by a high handed and politically tone deaf government, opposed by a populist movement propelled by romanticism and grievance, high on grandstanding but unable to present credible or pragmatic solutions to tackle the complexity of forces that they have unleashed.