Chris Nation

Moving to Spain and concern about Spain’s endemic corruption

Moving to Spain and concern about Spain’s endemic corruption

Andrew Lin’s recent article on Corruption and the Legal System in Spain is pretty depressing for someone like me, teetering on the brink of moving to Spain to make a new life. I’ve recently read several books about the Borgia family, or Borjas, as they were in their native Spain, based in Xativa and then Valencia. The notoriety of this family is a paradigm for nepotism and corruption, though it was the males of the […]

The black economy in Spain

The black economy in Spain

One notable aspect to Spain – that relates directly to the economic problems of the country – is the size of the black economy in Spain. Indeed, you only need to try buying a business in Spain to find out all about Spanish ‘book keeping’ and the black economy. Recently, I was looking at a business and investigating its accounts.  However, the result of me asking to see the books (of a hotel and restaurant, […]

Britons left to go it alone in Spain, I doubt it

Britons left to go it alone in Spain, I doubt it

As the ex-PM of Belgium said on TV here last night, Cameron’s announcement (about the referendum about staying in Europe or not) is 100% party politics. It is an early move to get momentum behind a Tory push to win the next election with a majority that enables them to ditch the Lib Dems. They see no opportunities on the political left of the agenda, where Labour could come up with valid criticism and plausible-sounding […]

Moving to Spain: Caution! le mot du jour?

Moving to Spain: Caution! le mot du jour?

I am notorious among my pals as a caution-to-the-wind, who dares, wins, sort of chap. These same pals have been vastly entertained down the years by the results of this M.O. but as they approach Pensionville with prospects of modest comfort or better, they are [very kindly] a bit concerned that I might go one brilliant wheeze too far and end up destitute. It was this thought on my part that had me bin my […]

Sailing around Spain, a sea of regulations

Sailing around Spain, a sea of regulations

Going afloat for pleasure is something I’m supposed to know about. I had a modest 27’ sloop [thanks to the incompetence of an accountant that came out in my favour, for once]  took various sailing courses and bought the boatyard inDevonwhere I’d moored her. As my shipwright used to say, “You didn’t need to by a boatyard to go sailing.” It seemed like a good idea at the time. Not really … It is the […]

The Spanish banking crisis as a bailout nears reality

The Spanish banking crisis as a bailout nears reality

The fact that the Spanish crisis has staggered along so far without reaching the edge of the cliff does not mean that the edge of the cliff does not exist. Personal experience – more than once – has put me straight on ignoring this. Let’s say that in fact this is The Third Law of The Universe – The Edge is Always There. It’s what you fall over after Law One and Law Two have […]

To move to Spain, or not (a view from the UK)

To move to Spain, or not (a view from the UK)

Nick of Culture Spain has invited me to write a view of Spain from the point of someone in the UK aiming to relocate to the country. Some background might be useful in explaining my connection with Spain and thereby the decision process that I am going through (do I move now or wait andwhat makes Spain so attractive?): My first experience of Spain came in 1961. The headmaster of my prep school, seeing that […]