In view of the recent riots in the UK, the Spanish government have decided to banish all Brits from Spain. In a move similar to that of the 1400´s, where Spain banished Jews from their country with the option to convert, leave or be executed, Spain has now decided that the brutal, violent clan of the Brits should also face the same revolt.
Of course, none of this is true. Irrespective of the obvious degradation of society in the UK, where gangs of youths, first for a cause, but later for sheer greed, took to the streets and exercised their believed rights of lawlessness and social irresponsibility, where none of their actions are their own, but the blame culture that can create conditional excuses for the irresponsible actions of an individual or group can lead to the utmost distress and loss of the most innocent in the community, without fear of repercussion, is the driving force for destruction, loss and death and that society can so quickly devolve into mayhem and a less than animal like, where the better person questions the world that we live in and who actually can be held accountable, either in terms of the actions of those directly responsible for the atrocities of recent times, but also those indirectly responsible for creating the world in which we live.
So we ask, who is responsible and how can we control it? That is a question that is not easily resolved. We have seen the UK legal system dealing harshly with recent offenders, though some consider that eviction and loss of benefits would do nothing more than make the situation worse. Right now, the point of focussing our thoughts is that Spain has just decided to ban Romanians from entering the country.
The UK is often criticized for allowing immigrants into the country who feed of the social funding that the UK has to offer, from health care to job seeking allowances that the benefit system has created, but in Spain it is different. The same social funding simply doesn´t exist.
In terms of immigration figures, Spain ranks higher than the UK in terms of immigrant numbers. In Spain, there were 5.66 million foreigners registered in 2010, which doesn´t include the many immigrants who chose not to register their residency. That figure was considerably higher than the 4.4 million immigrants registered in the UK.
Spain is suffering a huge financial crisis right now. The loss of the booming property market and the reduction in non domestic tourism due to personal financial constraints has played a big part in the current financial situation.
Unemployment is one of the highest figures in the Euro zone. In the younger age group it is well beyond the European average. So, why would people still want to move to Spain?
The answer may by in the cost of living. If a minimum wage is enforced over Europe, that gives financial security to many. But, if the cost of living is lower in certain countries, then the minimum wage is not so much a basic, than a luxury.
Amongst many recent immigrants to Spain, and other European countries, there has been a lot of skilled workers who would move to the location of work, however far away, do their job, spend enough to live of and then sent the bulk of their earnings to their families back home. A method that is also not uncommon amongst Chinese communities word wide.
But now, Spain has taken a stand. Not exactly the same, but not too far detached from the days of the Spanish Inquisition, Spain looked to prevent immigrants from Rumania, people who simply wanted to work, as Spain considered these people to be an inconvenience to the country´s financial future. In other words, Spain wants to ban people who want to work, perhaps for a perceived lower wage, as the influx of these immigrants was taking jobs away from the Spanish nationals who could have been given the job in the first place, should they have accepted it.
To make matters worse, the European Community has now, legally, sanctioned the case for Spain, thus building virtual borders, walls, restrictions in a way the a single European community set to devolve.
So, although Brits are not to be banished from Spain, the question must be raised as to where the line is actually placed between a single European community and one where the xenophobic walls are allowed to be built.
In the year that recognises the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin wall, is this latest move not simply a virtual recreation of a barrier that was designed to segregate? After all, the Romanians being banished are workers. Their sole intention is to come to Spain to work, to pay taxes, social security and contribute to society in every possible way. Counteract that with a realisation that a lot of Brits moved to Spain to retire, therefore already of pensionable age, unable or unwilling to pay tax, support the state, in some cases not even prepared to fund the Spanish economy, with the growth of “British” businesses in some of the ghettos that developed.
If you ruled a country, would you banish workers who just want to earn enough to live off, and contribute to a very stretched economy, or would you banish those who don´t contribute to the state and, if recent images flashed across our screens are anything to go by, might develop into yobs who rob, burn down businesses, cause social distress and make this world a fearful and horrific place to live?