Spanish economy on the brink

As the Spanish economy teeters on the edge of collapse, it is time for me to write an incisive analysis of the financial problems facing the country. However, that can wait until later. I’ve just managed to catch Morris singing on camera again…

Nice song but it needs developing. With all the cuts in education and the health service, we are unlikely to get a government grant to help Morris develop his braying. The other three donks will just have to provide some support and encouragement.

Well, it’s probably not quite so exciting as Morris learning to sing, but the Spanish economy is about to go down the toilet. That’s what everyone seems to think here. Rajoy made his very silly off-the-cuff remark a couple of days ago, picked up by a press microphone, that the labour reforms his government is soon to announce will provoke a general strike. A general strike is certainly coming soon. But it will make little difference to anything here. The game is over.

Edward Hugh’s blog is the place to go, if you want a real economist’s view of what is happening here in Spain. From the point of view of a chap with a teaching job in a private school and four donkeys to feed, it looks like this at present. We have now been told that the next pay packet will be reduced by 50 Euros. This is because the Autonomous Regional Government of Valencia (the Generalitat) has run out of money, mostly due to poor management and ‘Pharaonic’ schemes – as some journalists have described them – which have bankrupted the region. We have to pay for this, with a monthly salary reduction in extra taxes. From a net pay packet of 1500 Euros I now lose 50 Euros a month.

That is the start of our economic roller coaster ride. VAT is going up from 18% to 21% and that will affect everything. So we have a reduction in pay and a significant rise in prices. As we have always said that our low pay is balanced by the low cost of living (and the Costa Blanca sunshine!) teachers in my school have been unconcerned about their pay compared with what they would expect to earn in the UK. This situation will now put us into a different frame of mind: what is the point of a demanding job when it hardly providesa living wage?

At least it is a job. The TV pictures this lunchtime show redundant Spanair workers crying after their jobs disappeared, with the collapse of the airline. Things will get tough. Things will get tough very soon.

Keep singing for your supper, Morris.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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4 Responses to Spanish economy on the brink

  1. I showed your donkeys to an atheist left-wing American friend today and she was enchanted. Such simplicity and charm and grace reflect truth and truth has the power to convert.

  2. Ben Carter says:

    Over here in Portugal, the locals are doing what they have always done and are getting out. I heard that 50,000 Portuguese left for Brazil ALONE in the three months to the end of last year. once you have added Angola, Mozambique, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France and other favoured destinations, the reality is that Portugal is emptying.

  3. Hey Nonny No says:

    Stop depressing yourself in line with the economy. Spain is at least self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs (for men and donkeys), unlike Blighty. General strikes are one thing – food riots another. Think back to our parents’ generation and the 30s.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Good to hear that the donkeys have a missionary role. Tell your friend they are all Catholics. The foals have not been full catechised yet but they are happy to give up their feet for washing and will curb their braying during Lent.

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