Zapatero Gets a Rocket on ‘illegal homes’

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    • #55392
      Anonymous
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      Bi-lingual MEP Marta Andreasen (English-Spanish) on YouTube gives Zapatero some grief.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD0wk5cK4LU

    • #96084
      Chris M
      Participant

      Wow, more power to her elbow!

      Pretty cool, only 28 views so far but shows someone is standing up and hitting him between the eyes hey!

      Good few people on this site have been campaigning for years to get the Euro parliament to act, I hope this gives them some satisfaction and hope.

    • #96085
      Anonymous
      Participant

      How good is that!! 😀
      A good verbal slapping for Zapatero, and shaming him infront of the EU Parliament. Marta Andreasen deserves a big pat on the back for pulling no punches and loved her parting-shot threat.
      Yes, Chris – certainly some satisfaction and hope now, at least more so since this lady’s speech.

    • #96087
      marios
      Participant

      Well done Marta Andreasen although the look on his face said who cares.

    • #96096
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Mario, I agree with you. It seams that he is well aware of the situation as there was no expression of surprise to him from his body language.

    • #96100
      katy
      Blocked

      Not sure I thought he looked a bit sick on the last frame. He had a rough ride re. the economic situation. In his speech he said he made lots of promises that he will bring the EU states out of the financial crisis. One MEP asked how he could do that when his own country has deep problems and one of the highest unemployment figures.

      You won’t be suprised to know that the reports I have seen in the spanish media, do not mention Marta’s outburst!

    • #96101
      Anonymous
      Participant

      It seems that he had a few more appeals today – from the British Labour MEPs Michael Cashman and British Labour MEP Leader Glenis Willmott, together with Diana Wallis (Liberal Democrat and Vice-President of the European Parliament) and the Spanish IU MEP Willy Meyer. Hope he wakes up!

    • #96104
      Anonymous
      Participant

      “Not sure I thought he looked a bit sick on the last frame”

      That is his natural look. Talk about delusion he cannot organise his own province of Castle Y Leon.

    • #96105
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Lenox – good, I hope this pressure is kept up. At last some Brit. MEP’s not simply muttering how they are unable to interfere. I hope come elections those weak-livered lazy MEP’s who sent out standard letters to that effect are not re-elected.

      “As a national of Spain I am ashamed to see what is going on in my country” – that would have hit a nerve. I disagree that he looked as if he didn’t care, I felt he looked embarrassed at her speech knowing all eyes were focussed on him. And I don’t think she is the type of woman to let this go, she’ll be a constant thorn in his side over this for which I am grateful.

    • #96106
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I have sent the link to all my Spanish friends and others who are connected to Spain. I feel we all should do this. At the last count the hits amounted to 319.

      This, number has to be increased otherwise it will sound insignificant in the over all scheme of things.

    • #96109
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I bet ZP is barely aware of this situation. Might even be news to him. He’s mainly interested in talking about ‘solidarity’ but he doesn’t do much to solve real problems. Typical socialist.

      It’s a shame she said the Priors lost their home to the ley de costas. It’s actually far worse than that. They lost their home for no good reason other than gross incompetence by the regional government. And I wish she had pointed out that these people are losing their homes despite having planning permission from a branch of the Spanish state.

      But even if ZP wanted to, there’s not much he can do about this. Thanks to Spain’s system of regional autonomy, authority over these matters lies with regional governments. He doesn’t have formal power over these issues (though of course he can influence his fellow socialists in power in Andalucia).

      Mark

    • #96110
      Inez
      Participant

      That was powerful and great to see someone finally standing up and saying somwthing! I hav just posted it to my facebook page, hopefully many more will see it there!

    • #96111
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Mark: I concur 100% with your posting. Considering the time allowed. It would have been impossible to cover all the abuses and the tangents of the abuses.

      Presumably, the majority of EU funding are made to the Central Government who would than distribute it to the regional Government. So he has a lot of say in the matter.

      When he speaks about solidarity. He is damn well right the corrupt have the solidarity.

    • #96112
      Anonymous
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    • #96113
      Anonymous
      Participant

      For that kind of Cajones. I say give them back Falkland Islands

    • #96114
      Anonymous
      Participant

      “I bet ZP is barely aware of this situation.”

      This would more worrying if he was not aware. Did he not realise where property related taxes & VAT receipts were coming from

      At one one point giving Spain the biggest surplus after China and Germany. I beleive it was around €55 billion.

    • #96116
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Here is an email I sent to UKIP.

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      Can you please forward this to Ms Marta Anderson. This is to congratulate her for bollocking that son of bitch Zapatero.

      I am not personally affected by the scandal the symptomatic and endamic abuse of the construction Industry and all related to it.

      So many decent hard working people have been robbed by the system. Thus giving Spain and its large majority of decent and very welcoming people a very bad name.

      Many thanks.

      Mark, forgive me for using certains words on the forum. At least I did not use “Hijo de puta.” I do not wish down grade the site.

    • #96117
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Mark – PM Zapatero is very well aware of ALL the Spanish property corruption, not just ‘land grab’. Many of us have worked very hard to make sure of this.

      I disagree with you about the power at his elbow. As Michael Cashman wrote to him; “It is the Spanish government alone that can bring an end to these abuses”.

    • #96118
      katy
      Blocked

      @shakeel wrote:

      Here is an email I sent to UKIP.

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      Can you please forward this to Ms Marta Anderson. This is to congratulate her for bollocking that son of bitch Zapatero.

      I am not personally affected by the scandal the symptomatic and endamic abuse of the construction Industry and all related to it.

      So many decent hard working people have been robbed by the system. Thus giving Spain and its large majority of decent and very welcoming people a very bad name.

      Many thanks.

      Mark, forgive me for using certains words on the forum. At least I did not use “Hijo de puta.” I do not wish down grade the site.

      Well done shakeel. I am not personally affected although I know quite a few who are. Indirectly we are as property owners, this won’t go away and lowers the value of all properties. I have sent an e-mail too

      marta@martaandreasen.com

      Maybe some of the Agents and Lawyers should be in contact too if they want a healthy return to the property market.

    • #96119
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Thanks Katy. I may just ask her to give up her husband & two kinds & to marry me. Love women like her

    • #96120
      Anonymous
      Participant

      She did a fantastic job despite her paper shaking loads. We need more people like her in politics – to do what is morally right and not to be afraid to stick their head above the political parapet.

    • #96123
      Anonymous
      Participant

      UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen today held Spanish President Jose Luis Zapatero to account over the scandal of
      British citizens who found their Spanish holiday homes demolished because of alleged breaches of planning law.
      Mr Zapatero, who was assuming the Presidency of the European Union, looked shocked as Ms Andreasen named four
      constituents who faced financial ruin as a result of the ongoing scandal: Mr & Mrs Prior and Ms Snook of Berkshire, and
      Mr Lohmann of Buckingham. The Priors house had been demolished in front of their eyes because of alleged breaches
      of planning law, while Ms Snook and Mr Lohmann could not live in their houses because of a lack of basic services and
      infrastructure.
      Ms Andreasen said that these were normal, hard working people who had intended to retire to Spain and yet had found
      their dreams shattered and were faced with years of legal costs simply to defend their rights.
      Speaking in the European Parliament’s Strasbourg chamber, she said, “If you can not solve this problem, how much
      credibility can you have in solving Europe’s financial crisis?
      “We want a solution now. We want the people to be able to live in the houses they bought. If this is not possible, they
      need to be granted fair compensation. This parliament has only threatened to block payment of subsidies to Spain. But I
      can assure you that if this situation is not resolved during the Spanish presidency, I will do everything I can to turn this
      threat into action.”
      In response, Mr Zapatero said that he would investigate the problem as a matter of urgency.
      Ms Andreasen said she was seeking other constituents who had suffered similar problems in Spain, and asked them to
      contact her via her office: Sunnybank, Brighton Road, Banstead, Surrey SN7 1BA, or by e-mail to
      marta.andreasen@europarl.europa.eu.

    • #96136
      Anonymous
      Participant
      lenox wrote:
      Bi-lingual MEP Marta Andreasen (English-Spanish) on YouTube gives Zapatero some grief.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD0wk5cK4LU

      I think this is the lady who was sacked from a high position in the EU because she criticised the accounting system ,or lack of a proper one ,inside the EU, if I am right she is very brave because the EU does not like criticism ,I just hope nothing happens to her a la Dr Kelly.

      I think the only way anything will be done for the Boyles and people like them, however is to stop ALL EU PAYMENTS TO SPAIN, hit a Spaniard in his pocket it is the only thing he understands.

      Zapatero will I fear just shrug his shoulders and do his Mr Bean impressions.

    • #96137
      katy
      Blocked

      Don’t know if you are aware but she was the chief accountant at the European Commission who was sacked because she blew the lid on the lack of financial control over the EC budget. She recently criticised the decision of MEP’s to vote their payrises as “obscene” when so many people were losing their jobs. Because of this she may not get much support from other MEP’s. At least she got the publicity that is needed.

      Sorry 135, was posting at the same time 🙂

    • #96140
      Anonymous
      Participant
      katy wrote:
      Don’t know if you are aware but she was the chief accountant at the European Commission who was sacked because she blew the lid on the lack of financial control over the EC budget. She recently criticised the decision of MEP’s to vote their payrises as “obscene” when so many people were losing their jobs. Because of this she may not get much support from other MEP’s. At least she got the publicity that is needed.

      Sorry 135, was posting at the same time 🙂

      Katy, Think it is a case of great minds thinking alike although your contribution was more specific than mine.

    • #96142
      Anonymous
      Participant

      “the EU does not like criticism”

      Its not that EU, does not like criticism. All establishments do not like criticism. That is why they become weak and ineffective.

    • #96143
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Glenis Willmott also mentioned our issues in her short address to PM Zapatero. You can hear the whole session in the link below, including the final response from Zapatero which did not include one comment about the Spanish property scandals:

      http://www.europarl.europa.eu/wps-europarl-internet/frd/vod/player?language=es&menusearchfrom=bymep&pageby=unit&idmep=35743&discussionId=0&page=0&category=0&format=wmv?date=&askedDiscussionNumber=0%3cbr/%3e

    • #96153
      Anonymous
      Participant

      @135yearswaiting wrote:

      Katy, Think it is a case of great minds thinking alike .

      Hold on! You agree, but great minds??? 😀 😀 😀

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