Just back from Spain, having spent a few days teaching and checking whether the arguments I made in the previous post stand closer scrutiny (maybe I've got my research technique the wrong way round?).
Nearly everyone I know there works in the public sector, and are therefore directly affected by the across-the-board civil servant pay cut (average 5%) in Zapatero's emergency decree passed Thursday. Not surprisingly, they're pretty depressed. Restaurants are emptier than usual, and there are more beggars than usual (although only slightly more). Only Miguel, who works in a bank, seems chirpy.