As the crisis continues and the banks receive yet another cash injection it would be nice if those who caused these problems could spare a thought for the real people who are feeling the effects of their poor management.
The bankers have all enjoyed their bonuses despite causing the largest and widest reaching financial downturn ever recorded. But while they sit in their plush offices looking down on the people who’s lives they ruined do they even know that some people have been pushed so far that they see little chance of recovery and little or no future for them and their families.
One man has gone further than most but I’m sure he felt like he had no other choice.
Last week the man, in the construction industry, walked into Marbella town hall clutching a pile of documents.
He is said to have been involved in commercial work for the town hall during the GIL era and is said to be well known in the area.
Once inside the town hall he sat patiently waiting for his turn, with a pile of invoices on his knee. He was there to demand the administration pay him money owed but it is understood that there is no record of the debt.
On hearing this the man slashed his wrists in the office of Carlos Rubio, co-ordinator of taxes and personnel.
An ambulance was called and the man was taken away for treatment.
The town hall reportedly paid of some 10 million euros of debts to over 400 companies through the government-approved loan scheme set up to help town halls pay off suppliers.
What the government-approved schemes don’t do is protect any of the workers in this country. Big business is being helped, the banks are being helped while on the streets taxes are going up, IVA has been increased and public spending is cut. Is there anything positive for the people on the streets? No.