It seems that the parlous state of the economy in Spain is leading to further restrictions on liberties in parts of the country. I was told by my cousin, who runs a business in Menorca, that locals have been told that they cannot spend money on non-essentials such as building maintenance without permission from the local government. This appears to be being enforced. This month a UK citizen, a friend of my cousin who lives in a property near Mercadal, was fined 300 Euros for painting his garden wall without a permit. So, when will Spain decide to seize bank accounts?