- This is an excellent summary of the parties fighting the Dec. 20 election, and their main policies. If, like me, you're a foreigner, it'll be of only academic interest as you're not allowed to vote. But it's still useful. I see that none of them is planning to do anything about the excessive number of administrative levels that contributes so much to confusion, costs and corruption here. And none of them is questioning Spain's membership of the EU.
- A new low was reached yesterday evening, when President Rajoy – ambling around his hometown of Pontevedra(!) - was given an impressive left hook by a local youth whose since had various deficiencies attributed to him. Even worse, some of those who witnessed it applauded the aggression. The shame of it! He was described on TV an 'ooligan, which had me wondering whether he was British. This being the nationality most associated with this word here.
- Gran Hermano 16
- La Voz
- Charlie Hebdo
- Jurassic World
- Elecciones Municipales
SPAIN'S LABOUR MARKET: Reader Sierra has kindly pointed out that there are 3 levels to this, not just 2. The third, of course, is the 'submerged economy' as it's called here. Maybe 25% of GDP say some. Wages in cash and no contributions to the social security system.
FINALLY . . . EXPAT HAPPINESS: Would you credit it ? . . . A survey of British expatriates living here has 'revealed' that the key to happiness lies in . . . integrating into the Spanish way of life. Astonishing. Asked to choose the word most appropriate to life here, the Brits came up with Happy. Followed by Relaxed and Content. All retirees, I'd guess. For those in work, it would probably be Frustrating.
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