Critics accuse Catalan nationalists of wrapping themselves in the flag as they ignore all other problems except independence. Particularly on the left, critics question how everything is viewed through the prism of independence, when there are ostensibly much more pressing issues at hand, including social justice, women's rights, poverty, equal opportunities.
I think 'nationalism' is the red herring here. Nationalism can be a downright nasty word, often associated with Nazis and fascism, purity of race and thought. [+]