The tourist tax

Dear Sir,
             Steve Riches

The tourist tax story hasn’t even broken yet in the UK. The negative effects of it may be mitigated by the effects of terrorism elsewhere and by the relative strength of Sterling, but this tax is going to turn round and bite the idiots who want it in place. I predict that the cost of collecting it, and the cost of the inevitable fraud when it is spirited away, will end up totalling more than it actually makes. What a duff welcome for tourists to this lovely island. Word will spread after this summer’s tourist season. What we need is no tourist tax, but happy visitors spending money freely here, which will then indirectly increase the level of income tax from happy bar owners, hoteliers, restauranteurs and attraction entrepreneurs. If you steal that money directly from people’s wallets they will resent it deeply, and it will not be spent locally.

Dear Sir,
                Steve Pickering
As has been said by others, the British public still have no idea about the tax. My daughter asked the travel agent just recently about a tax, and was told they’d not heard about any ‘NEW’ tax in Majorca !!

Dear Sir,
I’m presuming that how the tax will be collected is still undecided. When will the tourist tax be revealed to the general public of the UK. Oh of course. As soon as the hotels are fully booked. How silly of me.

Political stalemate
Dear Sir,
                      Sean Dobson     
Since both the PP and PSOE are mired in corruption,what exactly do you think would make more people vote for one of those parties? Only Podemos would probably garner more votes but probably nowhere near enough to form a majority government so an uneasy coalition is the way it will be until that coalition collapses,which is probably inevitable.

Dear Sir,
So you think new elections are the ‘most sensible’ solution? Really? And what exactly is likely to change from the current situation? A few more votes for the PP maybe, to the detriment of Ciudadanos, and possibly Podemos getting more votes than PSOE a second time round, but still no clear majority for any party. And worst of all another €130 million of public funds down the drain which is what the last elections cost. The parties have a moral responsibility to come to some kind of coalition agreement instead of the current games of chess they seem to be playing.