Just to bring to your notice something that may be a flash in the pan or may be the start of something bigger, the first crack in the dam. We have just had local elections over here in Spain and the incumbants have got it in the neck as was expected in the current financial situation. However what was unexpected was that over the last week all Provincial capitals and Madrid have had sit-in camps of a large number of people protesting peacefully against the system that they see as a failure, not against any particular party. The main squares have been packed with the government unwilling to disperse the crowds, as they are peaceful and not wanting the adverse publicity, despite declaring the demonstrations illegal. In the main they are made up of young people, with a fair leavening of all ages, and people have been living in tents, going to work and coming back to join in the party. No damage has been done, but also thanks to internet there has been a significant signal sent that a large number of people are unhappy with the situation and want a change. All we get on tv are the same parties spouting the same meaningless platitudes and indulging in Hollywood, rock star shows which end up in a round of infantile self-congratulatory hand-clapping. I haven't seen this in the UK papers, at least online, so I thought I would give a heads-up. It isn't claimed to be anything like the arab protests but it does show that the same groundswell is under the surface. Could it happen in the UK? You never know, once John Bull loses patience and puts down his cup of tea, things could happen. At least we have the weather for it over here.