Friday, Sep 01, 2006

Racist Spain

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Are you thinking of moving to Spain?
Spain is heading for a deep recession. Properties are not selling. taxes are high. Inheritance tax is very high. In the UK the threshold is £285,000 before inheritance tax is due. So why do people sell up and move to Spain where the threshold is only €15,000 yes thats only around £10,000?
Take a look at this website to understand the real Spain:

Tell me what you think to this website?

Posted by rupert bear @ 04:36 PM (1641 views)
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1. uncle tom said...

OK, this a bit of an ex-pat rant site.

When in Rome.....

Saturday, September 2, 2006 12:48AM Report Comment

2. indiablue19 said...

Well even the colours and presentation say this is a site geared toward hostility and anxiety. There should be war drums in the background or something like on Sky News.

You could write something similar on just about any country from somebody's perspective. I lived in Spain for a few years, in a fairly undeveloped part. If you were naive, you could get seriously mugged on the beach and people did. Many of the British in our area were disliked and even beat up because they were drunk half the time, refused to speak the language at all, and the locals had no respect for them and took advantage of their debilitated state. A number of the more agressive and criminal "locals" were actually from Romania, Bulgaria, Morocco and South America though, so you could hardly blame the Spanish in that respect. I used to watch several of these guys walking down the streets below us, picking up lawn furniture and water features off the patios and throwing them on their landscaping trucks. Very enterprising.

By the way, the worst inheritance laws I've heard of are in France, where a spouse loses complete control of all the couple's property on death of their partner. There is a "blood line" law which says that all living children take over the deceased partner's share and two thirds of the benefactors can vote to throw the surviving spouse out of the house and sell it. If the deceased has no children, this right can be claimed by parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They had said that France was "modernizing" some of this statute to appeal to foreigners, especially Brits, moving in. But what I've read sounds no better -- and maybe even less appealing. The big change is that now it also encompasses illegitimate children and civil partnerships. You don't have to own property to come under French inheritance law either. Just become a fulltime resident and, even as a renter, the State has control of your world holdings for tax purposes. It's all very different philosophy for British people, especially those who have family from past marriages and, as married couples, are used to Community Property law.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 01:52AM Report Comment

3. Njp said...

The site is just a collection of anecdotes and hardly representative of an entire country. However, if the Spanish do treat the Brits like second-class citizens, I don't blame them. We've taken over the coastal areas of their country and pushed the house prices up, and the behaviour of many Brits over there on holiday is shocking.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 09:45AM Report Comment

4. Cstanhope707 said...

Interesting, well perhaps Spain would like to refund all the EU money they have "sponged" off the UK tax payer for the last 20 or so years.....

Saturday, September 2, 2006 10:30AM Report Comment

5. inbreda said...

Am I not right in thinking that actually the UK would owe spain?

The accounts are a bit difficult to balance.

To be honest the behaviour of Brits in general just about anywhere make most attacks on Brits pretty well justifiable.

And as for inheritance laws, try feudal Sark, where I beleive it's still not allowed for a woman to inheret at all.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 12:41PM Report Comment

6. indiablue19 said...

To "Inbreda said...."

Sark would appear to be more straightforward where France is somewhat "subliminal" in its legal approach. But the intent is similar. Men were the primary French property holders, and as they were most likely to predecease their spouses, their descendants were to inherit and regain control of the land -- with male heirs first in line. It's not quite so "foolproof" in France as it sounds in Sark, but still quite protective of male interests. And, of course, there's an enormous land mass in France to be considered, and a few postage-stamps worth of dirt in Sark. Also to think about -- where it used to be a discussion mainly of land, we have international inheritance to consider, which represents everything a couple owns between them. If 22% of Brits are fleeing the country; I'd think hard before fleeing to France -- or Sark.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 02:32PM Report Comment

7. Surfgatinho said...

Yes, these grubby little spaniards should be grateful for the scraps from the table of us noble Brits who have embraced their country as if it were our own!
If we had a similar influx of say, Polish, we'd welcome them with open arms and not even mention it!

Saturday, September 2, 2006 04:01PM Report Comment

8. Ticktock said...

What did everyone expect would happen? Brits have moved in, taken over, and priced the locals out of their own towns?

This a perfectly normal reaction to a 'foreign invader' whether that invasion be military or economic.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 07:16PM Report Comment

9. Thegreatspaniard said...

Wow! Who ever said we hate foreigns lads?
This is one of the strongest points of our Economy. Of course there are some old bloody fashion minded people who hates anything different of what they know! But what can you expect from someone that has never been out of his county? Nothing. I lived in the UK (England and Wales) and I really love brittish people, but also, I met up with some stupid gheezers who told me to get back to my country, many times (I worked as a waiter, so I really know the drunken side of anyone there) What would you say, if I told everyone that English or Welshes are alcoholics bastards who hate all outsiders? The thing is, most of the people in Spain are just ignorant twats, but don't put us all in the looney bin. In fact, I am really considering to go back to the UK and stay for good because a can't see a way to fix all heads up

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 09:30AM Report Comment

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