Javier Caraballo posts a photo of a sign hung on a Madrid bar door by its barman explaining his particular crisis and that suffered by all those Spaniards without ownership in a broad sense of some part of the means of production and distribution:
|1999 (pta)||2011 (€)||2011 (pta)||increase (%)|
|monthly salary waiter||145,000||900.00||149,748||3|
|ticket 10 metro journeys||640||9.40||1,564||144|
|train ticket to Cotos (Madrid)||320||4.80||799||150|
|litre of milk||80||0.80||133||66|
|loaf of bread||25||0.60||100||299|
|1st year secondary science textbook||1,200||35.00||5,824||385|
|purchase 90m2 flat||18,000,000||300,000.00||49,915,863||177|
Javier says that we’ve had three bubbles simultaneously: in construction, which has left us with 5 million unemployed; in public administration, which has multiplied vertically and horizontally; and in consumer prices relative to salaries (which in the case of the barman have been frozen partly by the arrival of millions of immigrants accustomed to even lower wages); and that if something is not done rapidly we will reach a point of no return.
Various friends who have been transferred from contracted to unofficial status confirm my belief that official unemployment figures are wildly exaggerated; the size of the state seems to be being reduced, although nothing like as fast as the government tells foreign audiences, and probably not fast enough to avoid Armageddon; but, perhaps like Javier, I struggle to understand why there has been no rioting, African style, regarding the prices of basic necessities, which show little sign of abating.
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