I try not to be too biased here, or too offened and try to be fairly neutral, or open minded, or cynical or questioning, I guess they're all the same thing depending on how you look at it.
The Catalans here go on about the fact that kids in other parts of Spain can access a computer during primary or secondary school, either free or heavily subsidised through the school system. This is not available here in Catalunya, if the parents want to get a computer, they have to cough up. 100%.
I kinda didn't believe this, until pickle, who has just moved to to a pueblo (village) in Southern Spain, mentioned in passing that she was filling in the grant applications to get computers from her kid's primary schools.
Now, Catalunya is, in Spanish finances, a have province, as in they have a fair amount of power, and pay in more taxes to the National system than they get back. I don't have a problem with this in principle, I come from Ontario in Canada, another province that puts more into the system than it gets out. I think that all kids in Canada and Spain should get equal access to health care, schooling, good roads yadda yadda yadda.
But that's just it, it should be equal.
Our kids don't get free computers. Yet we pay more taxes.
No wonder the Catalans get pissed. I'm pissed too. No one's buying my kid's computers but me, myself and I...well, and the man of course.
Anyone know if this is true for other parts of Spain? Kate?
There are also strong rumours - as of yet not personally verified, that the pensions here are also lower than in other parts of Spain. That bites too, if it's true.