A day is a long time in politics, as they say. This time last week Balearic leader, Jaume Matas, was heading for a landslide victory in the Balearic elections next year but now politicial commentators are claiming that the Andratx scandal could mean that he looses his majority in the Balearic parliament.
Although Matas has denied any wrong-doing the fact that he met the Mayor of Andratx, Eugenio Hidalgo, just two days before his arrest has led to much speculation. Hidalgo was also a member of Matas' Partido Popular although it must be said that he was also Mayor for the socialists and the Majorcan Unionists. The Andratx scandal will continue to make the headlines right up to the local elections in the Spring. But leaving aside the political fallout what happened in one of Majorca's most exclusive parts last week was not good for an island which prides itself on being paradise in the sun. Majorca has already received plenty of adverse publicity and I expect there is more to come. For the good of the Balearics the Andratx case has to be quickly but thoroughly resolved; if there are charges to be answered then they must be answered in court. Let's not forget that we live from tourism and it is vital that this island's reputation remains intact. Anymore scandals could have a very negative effect on these islands and our livelihood.