The Spanish government’s ways seem almost unfathomable

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GOVERNMENT: The current state barely seems to raise an eyebrow.

I FIND it quite strange that we have so little reaction from readers about the current state of the Spanish government and the fact that it seems impossible for any party to form a stable relationship.

We may not be able to elect the government but we have elected to live in Spain, and whatever decision is made over the next few months will have an ongoing effect on the lives of each and every expatriate living here.

As has been reported in our finance pages, foreign investment is flowing out of Spain at a rate of knots, as there is a great deal of uncertainty about the future of the Spanish economy. 


The caretaker government seems to have overlooked the fact that it really isn’t terribly wise to use the national pension pot as a way of underwriting the economy, and it also doesn’t help to spend more than 100 per cent of GNP whilst continuing to borrow money in ever-increasing amounts.

Who is to say however that the financial situation wouldn’t get worse under a left wing coalition that includes Podemos, as their financial plans call for huge amounts of investment without really being able to see where the money is going to come from.

At least, now that that group is falling out internally, they will become a less attractive coalition partner, but just maybe they are hoping for a new election as they could be seen as a preferable choice to the existing parties.

Unemployment is still over 20 per cent and youngsters are in a pretty bad position as far as long term work is concerned, although there are temporary and short term jobs around.  Whilst people can get worked up about almost anything, the current state of government in the country in which we live barely seems to raise an eyebrow.

It is true that the individual can’t alter things but surely someone, somewhere must have an opinion to share with the rest of us on the current state of the government.



  1. I had plenty to say and with clouds of steam gushing from every porthole over the rabble we’ve been stuck with for the last four years: stuffy old buffoons with no clue what happens outside their cosy offices on the C/ Génova. Thinking the solution to unemployment is tax breaks for under-30s who start businesses and employ over-45s (oh, dear). Whacking up taxes to then bring them back to where they were before to show how ‘kind’ they were; urging us to sacrifice ourselves for the greater good (yup, like they did, as they took zillion-euro backhanders and stashed them in Switzerland. Obsolete, too stupid to run the country and insulting our intelligence (or trying to, but they’re so transparent with it – the only transparency they ever show. They should be eligible for a Darwin award for their feeble attempts to cover up criminal activity).
    Anyway. I haven’t commented anywhere on the current political impasse, (a) because it’s a farce, such a pantomime it’d be hilarious if it were less serious (poor, deluded Rajoyless, still convinced he’s going to get his mega-Caste-coalition and, like drunken Brit men in pubs trying to pull attractive, sober and educated ladies, won’t take no for an answer).
    (b) Because whatever happens, things ARE changing. I cannot see the PP governing for another four years. Chaotic or not, I’m feeling good about this: the PP needed to go, and it has, and it’s only a matter of time before we get a new, better gov, whoever is at the helm.


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