Spanish Politician’s Inexorable Desire to (Mis)Appropriate the Public’s Money. Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.
First, I’m sorry I haven’t responded to most comments in the past few days. My head has been spinning (and only partly due to alcohol consumption). The other night, Mike, with the best of intentions, turned to someone and told them they had behaved badly towards me in the past. I was caught entirely off-guard and therefore unprepared to articulate my position. Said individual’s defence was haphazard and unbelievable. I let it pass. I remain unconvinced of innocence. I still think silence would have been a better option. The days when I had expectations of a certain level of courtesy are long gone. Now when people cross lines I just drop them all together. I used to do the passive aggressive (perhaps not so passive) thing and hand out copies of Amy Vanderbilt’s or Emily Post’s revised editions… Usually with a pretty potted plant to soften the blow, but no notes or annotations …but the case in point was about business etiquette rather than the social variety- and it meant I arranged 100K worth in contracts for someone and then they ended up using another art/antiques broker who was willing to pay them a higher commission than what I pay. I wasn’t happy. I still feel I was used but I’m willing to look the other way. I’ve learnt my lesson and I’ll never collaborate with that person again. I suppose the situation was compounded in Mike’s mind because this person (who isn’t doing all that well financially anymore) has just come to me again asking for referrals/introductions to my clients. It’s not going to happen. It was a red card foul.
Today we got a revised ‘plusvalía’ bill from the town hall. They’ve revised it up by over four thousand euros alleging we under-declared the sale of the house next door. We did not. They’re welcomed to look through our accounts. I would have actually been exceedingly pleased if we had sold it for the price they allege it’s worth. In fact, should they like to pay us the difference, I’m happy to then pay the extra tax. Some days it feels like a never-ending battle. As I’ve said many times before, I believe in government, in taxation , in a fair system that provides a social safety net for the people who are struggling. But this certainly isn’t it. All the taxes that have really gone up under the current government affect people independent of income. So anyone who sold a property recently is going to be forced to pay tax on an imaginary sale price? On what the property would have been worth during the boom? It’s adding insult to injury. I’m borderline ready to fly a 2nd Republic flag from the top of the tower- or to go down the Cataluña route and declare myself a sovereign territory. Meanwhile politicians have voted to keep their salaries and benefits just as they were. I guess they have to find the money to pay for that somewhere.