It recently was pointed out to me by the wholly recommendable economics commentator, Shaun Richards, that Ibex Salad may have become the last blog standing. After all, two weeks ago Iberosphere (which on several occasions has stooped to publish my thoughts) gave up on the pipe dream that enough people would be interested in Spain to sustain an English language publication dedicated to this country. But more interesting is the fact that everybody’s favourite self-titled (but apparently not self-tenured) economist, Edward Hugh, hasn’t spit out a word on his adopted homeland for more than four months. I can only attribute this to the two lovely illusions that propped up both himself and his schtick for so long – the intractability of the current account deficit and Spain’s lack of export prowess – having left him high and dry. On the left, you can read his swan song - a new definition of international competitiveness incorporating all but the kitchen sink and craftily concocted last February in time to declare victory and bring the troops home before May.
On that note, we’ll be attempting to resume something approximating normal service – hoping that a few recaps of the crisis that was will buy us a bit of time before having to find something interesting to say about what’s going to be (as it might have been had people not got it into their unimaginative heads that this was a repeat of the 1930's) a long, slow slog.
Our apologies for the new look's destruction of the layout of almost all preceding entries. Something about being all things to all people.