… and not for the cheap good-quality wines, the olive oil (cheaper than oil labelled Italian, probably produced in Spain and bottled in Italy), or the holidays, be they of the cultural or beach variety. And definitely not for the histrionic, over-rated pretentious pap peddled by film director Pedro Almodóvar and considered "Art" by many misguided souls.
Britain should be grateful to Spain for the amount of highly-qualified,
highly-cultured engineers, doctors, nurses etc. who want to make a decent life
for themselves in the . UK
My colleagues and I have just finished a long and gruelling round of language certification exams for the students of our august university, a university whose internal schizophrenia is reflected in the student body and the population of
itself. I am, of
course speaking in general terms, but it would seem to me that the students could
be classified into two main groups, the backward-looking parochial types and the ambitious, motivated ones with an international outlook. Seville
The Humanities seem to fall quite neatly into the antiquated, parochial pigeonhole while the Sciences are definitely more forward-looking, more academically up-to-date and definitely more innovative. In fact, the Faculty of Medicine here is a true centre of excellence, something also true of Life Sciences and Engineering.
Anyhow, back to the main argument. In my last round of oral exams, I was truly gratified by the scintillating performance by over 80% of the candidates, young people with great ambition, high expectations and limitless drive. Not only was I impressed by their use of English, but by their intellect and depth of thought. These are just the sort of people a country needs to progress economically and socially. Unfortunately for
most of them want to contribute to the progress of other countries, mainly Britain, the US
Spain isn't working.
And it's not the fault of the Spaniard in the street
Perhaps “want” is too strong a word, perhaps not. Would these bright people stay in
as a whole offered its young people more opportunities? Perhaps most would, I
cannot say. But I can speak from personal experience. My own son is an economic
migrant, although within Spain .
In Spain Andalusia he had little chance of getting a
stable job – or indeed training – in his own field of interest and
specialisation: high-performance motorbike mechanics. In reality, he had little
chance of finding any type of job at all. Now, after three years of training
and practice, he and a colleague from his course have just opened their own
workshop in .
Barcelona (Global Motos, Josep Tarradellas 55, Barcelona. Tel. +34 931 413 084)
By dint of hard work and application they have found a financial backer and have also received support from an official motorbike dealership in the form of workshop
equipment and advice. In
Andalusia, such a
thing would be well-nigh impossible – unless you had connections in high places,
in which case some sort of subsidy might well be forthcoming.
|By dint of hard work and application.|
As in Andalusia, as in
Spain in general ( excepted).
Spanish Universities are producing whole battalions of highly-educated young
people and then consigning them to a life of dependency upon their parents. If they are “fortunate” they will sweat out their youth in a series of short-term
Macjobs with no real future of betterment. If not, then the only alternative left to them is to master the finer points of the latest X-Box or Play Station. Catalonia
This is why British Society should be grateful to
Thanks to such gifted young people, the British economy will have a brighter
future while Spain ,
after two decades of economic effervescence, will once again fall into the sclerotic
economic torpor to which its usually inept and far too often venal, rulers (now with the connivance of the EU) have condemned it for much of the last five centuries. Spain
 Could you believe that the Journalistic component of its Master’s in Translation concentrated exclusively on the translation of reports of 1950s football matches and abstruse fashion articles into Spanish??? Well, believe it. Really contemporary, mainstream stuff.
 As an economic migrant myself, I benefited from an excellent British state education and migrated to
in the late 1980s. I have
never paid income tax in the Spain UK,
but now find that my Spanish income tax is contributing to the education of
such brilliant young people who will in turn go to and pay their taxes there.
The ironies of life! Britain