neither proud, rightful or a cause...
Says you. It's really none of our business though, is it? You cannot apply the academic argument to every single case, though here the point would be applicable for you and me, non-players in this.. But, you have likely been there, and observed Catalans and Basques to be different, and the Spanish have run a ram through the problem since the 1930s. My daughters' fiances' family are Catalan, not Spanish, and never will be. Those are the facts - not some academic argument that you hold on to to solve every point. Do you always stick your nose in everywhere Maf? You must be fun at the proverbial party.
Brexit but pro Catalonian
I square that circle, as you put it, ( and I do not subscribe to the theory of consistent policy across the board) because one is a right wing government forcing it's agenda on its people, and the other is a right wing government forcing its agenda on another people.