Andalusian government coalition splits over housing row

The Izquierda Unida party has “suspended” the coalition with the PSOE party until President Diaz retracts the withdrawal of power issued today. Diaz yesterday withdraw housing rights from the IU Minister for Housing after she handed out free homes to a bunch of squatter evicted from the Corralia Utopía. The IU had a party meeting today in which they decided to “suspend” the coalition until the rights are returned to the Minister. The minister in Continue reading Andalusian government coalition splits over housing row

1 in 5 Andaluzes work for the Junta

Just how many Andaluzes work for the public sector? It’s an ongoing joke, about how the biggest employer is the state, closely followed by the bars for those employees to hang out in. But, is it true? Well, todays Ideal newspaper has a special report on the state of the public sector in Andalucia… 20% of the active population work for the Junta, for one of its state owned companies, or a townhall. That’s one Continue reading 1 in 5 Andaluzes work for the Junta

Junta de Andalucia’s online office is now OBSOLETE and won’t work with latest browsers

I’ve been having difficulty trying to use any of the Junta de Andalucia’s online offices. The online office is supposed to allow you to fill in and send forms online, using a digital signature, without having to go to the office and wait in a queue. Anyway, it wouldn’t work. Annoying. So I sent off a help request. It turns out that the online office of the Junta de Andalucia, codenamed “Orion”, is now obsolete Continue reading Junta de Andalucia’s online office is now OBSOLETE and won’t work with latest browsers

UGT conned the Junta into buying a ton of sweets – twice!

Super-union UGT not only conned the Junta de Andalucia into buying a ton of sweets for the 3 Kings procession, but they put the invoice through twice! El Mundo reports that in 2009 the union billed the Junta for “training services” but used the cash to buy a ton of sweets for the Seville three Kings procession – they had their own floats which throw sweets to all children as they pass by. Even better Continue reading UGT conned the Junta into buying a ton of sweets – twice!

Feck all cash for Almeria province in 2014 budget

The Junta is presenting it’s 2014 budget, and has slashed real term investment by 13% over 2013 in order to keep basic services running. The Junta no longer breaks down its annual investment by province as it causes all sorts of uproar, especially in the far flung provinces like Almeria or Jaen, who proportionally receive less cash per head of population than the central provinces of Seville or Cadiz. But it’s been confirmed that there Continue reading Feck all cash for Almeria province in 2014 budget

Where I see overdevelopment, the Junta sees opportunity!

The Junta has discovered that the golf capacity of Andalucía is for 1,14 million tourists a year, although the annual average of visitors is just 425.000. So, instead of saying that we’ve got three times as much golf courses as we need, the Junta has bravely stepped up and said “here’s an opportunity to cram another 700.000 tourists a year into Andalucía”. The report says it should be possible to play 5,24 million rounds of Continue reading Where I see overdevelopment, the Junta sees opportunity!

Junta to spend 5million building a new golf school in Almeria – 200m down the road from the other one!

The Junta has stunned people by announcing a 5 million euro investment into a public golf school at El Toyo II complex, just outside Almería city. The amazement doesn’t stem from the fact that they are finally investing something into the “failed” urbanisation -it’s been vitually abandoned since the crisis and the few residents there keep saying the place is a ghost town with no public infrastructure – but rather that there is already a Continue reading Junta to spend 5million building a new golf school in Almeria – 200m down the road from the other one!

Junta will expropriate people’s homes to save them from the banks

The Junta de Andalucia has signed today into law a rather surprising new law – it has promised that it will expropriate, using “emergency powers”, the home of any family which is about to be repossessed by the banks. The idea, forced through by the communist wing of the IU, coalition partners in the Andalucian government with the PSOE, is that if you have lost your job and are about to lose the family home Continue reading Junta will expropriate people’s homes to save them from the banks

A proof that God exists (and that He doesn’t approve of the Junta…)

1.- Spain, especially Andalucia, is a god fearing Catholic nation. 2.- We have had, so far this year, not one drop of rain, having baked under incessent sunshine since December. 3.- Today is celebrated over all of Andalucia as its “national day”, with the politicians making speeches about how great they are, and how lucky we are to be living here in Andalucia under their wise guiding light. 4.- Yesterday was sunny. 5.- Tomorrow is Continue reading A proof that God exists (and that He doesn’t approve of the Junta…)