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A Catalan town of that name has a population of 31,000 of which 45 per cent are immigrants. This term, in politically correct terms, is often a euphemism for non-Europeans immigration.

Now the town mayor, Jaume Torramadé is making a ‘philosophical reappraisal of the situation,’ the consequences of which he thinks might help other towns.

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For Jaume Torramade, “non-Europeans representing 45 per cent of the population is not good.” It pays to tread carefully on this thorny issue and his solution is termed ‘re-balancing policies.’ The less crude might suggest handling matters as the Spanish did in the 16th Century; in a manner of speaking of course.

  • ON holiday in northern Europe I noted the reactions of people horrified by television images of armed Spanish police beating demonstrators who were obviously offering no resistance. Many protestors were bleeding; one poor woman cowering on the ground was being clubbed by a brutal cop. The injured were not being placed in ambulances but shoved roughly into police vans.

Are these half-witted cops too dumb to imagine the effects such imagery has on the outside world? The sight of para-military state police clubbing women is anathema to Scandinavians, Balts and many others.

Apart from such naked brutality being plain wrong it is another own goal of many. Between barbaric attitudes towards animals, corruption, complacency in property legislation, the land grab and much else, Spain seems to be determined to turn its image abroad into something akin to Communist Albania or Ceausecue’s Romania.


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