What better way can there be to spend a sunny Sunday than to form a human chain across your country for the right to determine your own future?
That's what happened today in Euskadi, and this video of it is from a report in English at argia.com:
The movement is called “Gure esku dago” (It's in our hands) and the organizers were hoping to get 50,000 participants. But three times that number turned out.
What's special about this is that it's not something that has been organized by political parties, but by civic society. In party political terms, Basque nationalists are doing very well, with both the centre-right EAJ-PNV and more left wing EH Bildu outpolling the equivalent Spanish nationalist parties. But there seems to be a political paralysis in terms of pressing for independence as both parties wait to see what is going to happen in Catalunya in November.
I'm convinced that popular movements of this sort are rather more important in setting the agenda for independence than the efforts of political parties. Mass events like this are what finally convinced the main nationalist party in Catalunya, the CiU, to get off the fence and adopt a policy of independence. The people led the way, and the political establishment was then left with no choice other than to respond.
So if we in Wales are unhappy with the way our political parties are making the case for the people of Wales to decide what's best for Wales, we need to learn from this. If we rely on political parties to set the agenda for us, we're likely to be disappointed. If we set the agenda, the political parties will respond.