The Falkland War showed that all necessary force should be used, wherever and whenever it is needed, to uphold a Nations Legal right to its Sovereign Territory. Appeasement can only lead to further acts of aggression and unlawful conquest. We should all support and applaud the determination of the Spanish Government to uphold its legal rights.
Problems in paradise
I have just returned to the UK after a holiday in Puerto Pollensa. I was following your debate in the Daily Bulletin about the above subject and I should like to contribute to this.
I first visited PP in 1973 with my wife to be and have been a regular although infrequent visitor since then. This year was our first visit since 1994.
It really was lovely to be back. We were left with the thought of why it had taken us so long to return.
I still like PP and its charm transcends many other holiday spots. Since our last holiday in PP in 1994 my wife and I have visited several resorts in Ibiza, Spain, Canaries and other parts of Majorca, but for us there is little to compare with PP. However I do think PP has become complacent, probably because of its growing popularity with the Brits. Some improvements are needed to meet the new demands that are being made of it.
One of the biggest changes noticeable to us was the number of mobile cots on the move in the late evening. One evening we counted over ninety in an hour whilst sipping an evening drink outside the H. Miramar. The narrower pavements are just not suitable for this level of traffic. But if that is what the customer wants then PP needs to change with the times.
There are a number of improvements that I should like to see:
The Main Square needs attention to eradicate the dusty, unkept central area - many of the pavements are too narrow for the demands of pushchairs/mobile cots - cafe/bars need to respace tables to create mobile cot parks - the beach is not cleaned regularly and it shows the pavements are stained, look dirty with various spills and need washing, foot showers at beach access points (see Benidorm) - speed bumps on the main seafront road (Passeig Londres) - the access road to H.Pollensa Park (Carrer Bot) is dangerous with vehicular traffic, push chairs, shop displays and pedestrians competing for limited space. A one way traffic system should be introduced to enable the pavements to be made wider.
Surely something can be done about the smell of drains outside Cafe 41 at the roundabout. We hope to return to PP soon.
Caroline Fish's letter (Daily Bulletin June 27) set me pondering. Having lived and previously holidayed in Puerto Pollensa from 1980 I can sympathise to a degree with what was once a peaceful, friendly little seaside village has been extended beyond belief, almost as if it is becoming a suburb of Alcudia (heavens forbid), but hang on a minute, take a look around. What you are now seeing is employment. The building sites Ms Fish is talking about are both residential and commercial, it is not just one sided. For a community to survive, it has to thrive. This means income and taxes are being paid, so everyone benefits. You cannot have your cake and eat it, and let's face it folks, we do live on an island, so you can't go on building forever! Stop whining and look at things positively for a change, you might end up having a good time. Can you afford to risk it Ms Fish?