by Jason Wilkinson

Civil servants no longer have to speak Catalan as the Balearic government has scrapped legislation which states that the two official local languages (Catalan and Spanish) had to be spoken. As regular readers of this space will know I am no fan of local civil servants (I envy their great working hours) but surely on a tourist island they should be able to speak more than one language. The local government want local school children to speak three languages; English, Spanish and Catalan. I think, civil servants should be able to speak all three. Spanish and Catalan should be a priority because they are the two languages of these islands and English, because it is the international language. Also, when is the new government going to live-up to its pledge to make civil servants work longer hours like as in the private sector? The Balearic government may believe that it has scored a notable language victory but it still has plenty to do when it comes to reforming the Civil Service.


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