He’s the guy who has started up Fon (I mentioned them in the “Spanish opportunities” thread). He has a point – although I think these “cultural” issues can change quickly with government encouragement. If the Spanish government can encourage people to make money for themselves, take the risks and then take the rewards, then people will go for it. But as things stand Hacienda takes the attitude that anybody running a successful business is a target for revenue and red tape, something to be controlled, so nobody bothers. Similarly someone who dares to employ someone full time becomes a potential oppressor of the workforce, so the Spanish government makes it prohibitively expensive to make people redundant, so fewer people get recruited in the first place.