I’ve loosely translated this decalogue from the Spanish original below, which was tweeted originally here and came my way via Ada Colau. The original text is by a clever soul called Pepe Quiralte.
And as you can see, in the top right-hand corner of the image we have a picture of the Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, doing what so many Western leaders are doing best right now: destroying their peoples’ livelihoods, dignities and hopes for the future.
There’s no work for anyone, but we are supposed to work until 70 and at weekends.
We combat tax fraud by offering an amnesty to those who commit tax fraud.
Consumer spending collapses? We cut salaries and increase taxes.
We had 4 million unemployed so we passed labour legislation to make EREs* [mass layoffs] and redundancies easier to implement. Now we have more than 6 million unemployed.
The whole construction industry goes belly up and so we cut research and development by 50 percent.
We increase VAT and income tax but SICAVs** remain intact. Capital escapes at unheard-of levels.
We cut health and education, but if you talk of cutting official cars or expenses they accuse you of demagoguery.
We make thousands of scientists unemployed but battle to get EuroVegas***.
The problem is the deficit and we acquire a debt of €100,000 million to save the banks so that they can continue evicting us.
The regions ask the state to save them, which asks the EU to save it and we allow ourselves to become indebted in order to pay the debt.
As a final thought, I assume when it says “An idiot’s guide to the 10 biggest economic mysteries (though there are more)”, it means more mysteries and not more idiots.
But perhaps, on second thoughts, that’s more idiots as well?