SO Artur Mas (pictured above), the Catalan nationalist president, was no Moses after all. His attempt at leading his people towards the promised land of a new nation state floundered at regional elections yesterday which saw his Convergence and Union (CiU) coalition lose a fifth of their seats. The election result wasn’t a thumping victory for anti-separatists and for the centralising government of Mariano Rajoy either. The outright separatists of the Republican Catalan Left (ERC) took CiU's lost seats to become the second force in the 135-seat parliament, with 21 deputies. And a clear majority in parliament now wants Catalonia to have a formal right to self-determination.