Thursday, January 3, 2013
Great Spanish Crash - BBC Documentary
If you didn't catch this programme over the Christmas break it can still be found in various places online and is well worth a look. A couple of things that stood out for me were :- 1. The Valencia Opera House, that is a huge white elephant of a building - striking and beautiful, but cost an absolute fortune of borrowed money. The autonomous regional governments were borrowing money from the local Caja's, with Politicians that were in office, and also on the Boards of the banks, in clear conflicts of interest. These guys were all mates, backhanders and favours going on left, right and centre, enabling them to embark on huge vanity projects that could never be paid for. 2. The Castellon airport, built at a cost of €150m so far, which was started without the commitment of any airlines or routes, and then the chumps in charge didn't build the airport wide enough. Never mind, I'm sure there were enough brown envelopes being passed around, between people that are now away in semi-retirement dodging the flak back home. Unbelievable. The most touching however, are the human stories, people that haven't worked for years, with no unemployment benefits. Don't get me wrong, there is poverty in loads of countries, and some very poor areas in the UK, but I'm not sure if there's many places where the people have been royally fucked over by so many people in positions of power....
Posted by Chris Norman at 9:10 AM
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