I love the English language so I like to read articles in English.
There is however, something quite weird in the following sheet in English. It is a sheet that the Spanish government has sent to foreign media. This is nothing wrong in principle and for me is wonderful because I like to know the translations into English of the subjects happening in the Spain crisis.
But there is a little thingquite wrong!
It seems that this sheet gives information to the foreign media that it is not given to the Spaniards!
This is quite unacceptable. A lot of cuts for the Spanish people and a lot of increase in VAT but you just tell the foreign media.
What the Spanish government told the foreign media but not to the Spanish media:
MINISTRY OF ECONOMY
ADDITIONAL FISCAL MEASURES UNDERTAKEN BY THE SPANISH
GOVERNMENT ON JULY 13th, 2012
The Spanish Government has presented additional fiscal measures designed to achieve
Spain’s deficit targets convened with the European Commission in the framework of the
Excessive Deficit Procedure.
These measures include, among others:
A significant increase in tax revenues, including VAT, corporate income tax,
personal income tax and excise duties.
A substantial review of the unemployment benefit regime and of social security
Measures to increase the efficiency of the public sector and to reduce the public
sector wage bill.
A frontloading of the sustainability factors in the pension system.
The estimated impact of these measures is approximately 13.5 billion euros in the
remainder of 2012, 22.9 billion euros in 2013, and 20 billion euros in 2014. This
calculation excludes the valuation of the impact of further measures, including
Energy and Environmental taxation, which will be announced at a later date.
Estimated impact of the fiscal measures announced on July 13 (In € bn)
So, I have not translated the text into English! It is in English! The press in Spain links to this sheet with all written in English!
One could say that if the Spanish government sends this infromation in English to the foreign media and here we have to read this in English then, who knows, maybe it is just better, we are directly ruled from abroad!
- Spanish government approves major spending cuts (sacbee.com)
- Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy raises VAT 3pc in shock U-turn (telegraph.co.uk)