One thing that looks unlikely to help get Spain out of its rut is a rash of new businesses. For Spain continues to be a difficult place in which to start an operation. Which might help to explain why so many young people want to become civil servants and so few of them want to entrpreneurs.
The Diario de Pontevedra reports that a number of cafés in town have set up large plastic owls to deter the seagulls and pigeons that are more of a nuisance than ever this year. Sadly, I'm not credited as the pioneer of this - largely ineffective - initiative.
Another Pontevedra experiment that failed - before my time - was that of parking meters. Since then, the council's attempts to stop illegal parking have resided in a single grua - a truck that takes offenders to a pound next to the town's cemetery. But now we're to follow La Coruña and Vigo in having a multamovil - a car with a camera that snaps offenders. Particularly, it's said, those who park in unloading bays. It'll be interesting to see whether this means fewer cars double-parked with their hazard lights flashing away.
President Rajoy has finally said something about the allegations that he and several colleagues were paid large sums out of a slush fund financed by construction companies and property developers. Essentially, it was that he had nothing to add to what he said a while back. The Opposition party, the PSOE, is considering calling for a vote of no confidence, their worry surely being they might win it and so put somebody better that the hapless Sr Rajoy into power. The guy through whom the money was routed now has a new lawyer - an ex judge who was de-barred after a conviction for perversion of the course of justice. As usually happens with people of his rank, he was pardoned by the right-of-centre PP government of the day, under President Aznar. Who's now accused of having his daughter's lavish wedding paid for out of the slush fund.
Down at the other end of the social scale, small investors who've been demonstrating against the loss of their life-savings via the mis-selling of bank preferential shares have been hit by an "avalanche" of fines for minor infractions including "not wearing seatbelts" and honking horns. I don't suppose any of them will be getting a pardon.
Finally . . . There's a long-running British sitcom called Benidorm. Set, of course, in the Spanish city of that name. I read this sniffy review today from The Guardian, the house journal of the liberal intelligentsia - "How is it that this stuff is being made, and screened, in 2011? It's like the script was taken from someone's collection of saucy postcards. It is back, inexplicably, for a third series. Well, there is an explanation of course: millions of people watch it. The mystery is why they do." The simple explanation of this 'mystery' is that it's well-written, beautifully acted by the ensemble and bloody funny. And there's room for everything. It doesn't all have to be Curb Your Enthusiasm sharp.