He may be not the most popular man in Spain but Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, can take some credit in the remarkable turnaround of the Spanish economy. Five years ago it appeared that Spain's economic future looked exceptionally grim. The severe worldwide recession had hit Spain hard; unemployment rocketed, thousands of people lost their homes and the economy went into meltdown. Rajoy promised to fix the economy; most people were rather sceptical. But a mixture of luck and a business plan from the government has ensured that the economy is back on track, with levels of economic growth not seen since the boom days.