Sitting in a bar in Potes in the Los Picos De Europa mountains - magnificent views and very low prices. I cannot help but compare it to the UK.
In this small town of say 2,000 people these are the things that they don't suffer - unlike us in the UK where every rule is GOLD PLATED or so it seems.
- No worries if you want a carrier bag for your daily shopping.
- Little corner shops, small supermarkets and town market. Not dominance by the big 4 supermarkets, price to match. $0.48 for a San Miguel!
- No segregation of rubbish: pile all in the big bin and we will move it manana (and they do), like you will get fined here for over filling a wheelie bin??? No chance!
- Everyone smiles, even though our Spanish is hopeless and their English is non existent. they are happy to help even if we cannot converse.
- No traffic jams. regular, carefully planned and sensible well maintained roads. Some of their driving is very interesting!
- Excellent policing - they are everywhere. So there is little or no crime or violence even if the local Cidra (cider) gets them well oiled at nights.
Spending time here I am drawn to the conclusion that we are really killing small business in the UK and taxing the consumer to penury: and what do we (the small businesses and the customers) do about it?
If you are at your desk reading this I hope you enjoy a great holiday when it's your turn. Me - I am off to have a glass or two of Rioja