A question that is probably on the mind of many of you reading this newsletter! I have had a couple of emails from owners asking me my thoughts, and I'm really sorry if my responses were vague and un-informative (Maybe I should have been a politician!) Factual information pre-referendum was scarce and well, post-referendum, there seems to be even less, from the outside looking in, I just get the impression that everybody has got a bit bored with the whole thing and regardless, daily life carries on! As part of a minority of expats who have lived outside of the U.K. for more than 15 years, I didn't actually have the right to vote, which in hindsight seems a little unfair as the result is more likely to affect my daily life than most! It seems that any changes, whatever they may be are going to be 'long' coming to fruition, and I for one am not going to be sitting around for the next couple of years putting off my aspirations, waiting to see what happens!
On the upside, sterling hasn't taken quite the knocking thus far that was expected, scaremongering tactics of Euro parity still seem far off and a more conservative devaluation of around 5 to 8 percent seems to be on the cards, although we might see Euro chipping away at Sterling over the coming weeks if it can pull itself back against the US dollar!
Closer to home for me anyway, the last weekend in June saw Spain's General election campaigns coming to an end with the population going to the polls! On a Sunday of all days! Our children have just broken up for their 13 weeks school summer holidays and many Spaniards would have been moving their families to their summer residences, so why the overall surprise that turnout to vote was lower than expected! Not much has changed in regards to the result from last November, collective intake of breath though as the far left Party, Podemos didn't win more seats as was expected and actually lost some to PP, Party Popular, who have the majority share of seats, but still not enough to Govern without making a coalition with another party! Looks like another Caretaker Government whilst negotiations get under way to form a coalition, you may have guessed that I am apolitical, if the results were pretty much the same at this poll as the last, and PP were unable to form a government 6 months down the line, is it possible that they will be able to do something this time? However, during the course of the last six months there have been a couple of positive comments in relation to the airport at Corvera opening from two Caretaker Minsters, Ana Pastor, Minister of Public Works was in the Region of Murcia and was very positive about the airport franchise AENA bidding for the running of Corvera, plus Pedro Morenés, Minister for Defense who was quoted as saying that The Spanish Air Force will be relieved when it can use both runways at Murcia St Javier airport!
Ending a busy weekend at the end of this month, lackluster performances by both the English and Spanish football teams see both exit the Euro 2016 competition, as the England game wasn’t on National Spanish TV, I had the pleasure of watching it with a German commentary (no offence but probably the most boring commentary that I have ever heard) and the local Spanish population couldn’t help but keep pointing out that the population of Iceland approximately 325.000 people is much smaller than the population of the Murcia Region at approximately 1.5 million! Needless to say, I didn’t wait for the second half, is an Iceland v Wales final a possibility?