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Fighting for business Dear Sir, Your article regarding the car hire firms in the Daily Bulletin today reminds me of the old saying ‘killing the Goose that laid the golden egg' we have less disposable income and we are the same tourists that have come back to this Island for the last 20+ years.

I have noticed more than ever this year how things are changing fast, a sign outside one of the best family restaurants here in Cala DO'r saying - 10% on all table bills between 6pm and 7pm and the little tapas that are being given free with an afternoon drink so that you will hopefully stay and maybe buy another beer.

As for the car hire firms I have been saying for a long time some of them should have flag poles outside their offices flying a skull and cross bones flag, we now do resort hopper from the airport and back, hire a car for a few days as that is all you normally use a car for this time of year, which also helps the small local business survive and you only put the fuel in that you use!!!!!!! Earlier this year I got two quotes for airport cars one quote was for a full/empty car and the other was for a full/full car, the first one was pay around 1.85 per litre when you collected the car and no return for fuel returned or pay just under £60 more for a car that you had to return full, then a load of more extras, hence my view regarding the flag poles.

Anyway, Majorca tourist industry the bubble has burst and you along with every other country will have to fight hard to stay afloat and survive, good luck!!!!! Regards
Austin Morgan
Holywell, North Wales

Steve Humphreis Letter Dear Sir, Steve Humphries' reply to my letter displays an appalling ignorance of legal fact.
International agreements that were ratfied by The League of Nations are immanent, immutable and unalterable. The UN has no powers to alter or overturn such agreements.

Not only do I say so Mr Humphries: so does the UN in Article 80 of its founding documents.
As to his suggestion that because the San Remo international agreement is 93 years old it has lost its force of law is just about one of the daftest things I have heard in a long while.

For ratified international agreements, to have a limited shelf life would be a recipe for anarchy and war. Britain, for example could claim back the United States because the Treaty of Independence is 237 years old! The San Remo agreement also created Syria and Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) as well as Palestine (now Israel). To over-rule this agreement would also be to delegitimise the existence of Syria and Iraq.

It seems that every time Mr Humphries opens his mouth he puts his foot in it. His mouth must be getting quite sore by now. My suggestion is that he keeps it firmly closed until he is sure he knows what he is talking about.

Sincerely, David Lee

Arabs and Israelis Dear Sir, No discussion of the Arab-Israeli situation would be complete without the enlightened quotes of the Arab mouthpiece and hero, Yasser Arafat. Here are a few.

To the Washington Post “We shall never stop until we can go back home and Israel is destroyed… The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations.. the goal of this violence is the elimination of Zionism from Palestine in all its political, economic and military aspects… We don't want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel's destruction and nothing else.” To a meeting of Arab diplomats in Stockholm “The PLO will now concentrate on splitting Israel psychologically into two camps... We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. Jews will not want to live among Arabs. I have no use for Jews. They are and remain Jews. We now need all the help we can get from you in our battle for a united Palestine under Arab rule.” To the UK Times “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations… We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel.” A.Barkhuysen
Santa Eugenia

Your ‘Blog' July 12th Dear Sir, Statistics and ‘figures' can pretty much prove anything.
Whilst I can agree with your article in general there is one very important issue which you broached upon which I feel is far more important in this economic climate. Hotels, travel agencies, and any business that is legal, pay hefty taxes apart from the IVA which can only help the ailing Spanish economy. Any person that has an illegal business or is working illegally on the island is not only defrauding the Spanish government but also every individual or business that is working legally and paying their corresponding taxes.

Yours sincerely, Paul Heaton
Honours

Dear Sir, As usual, Mike Lillico, puts his finger and in measured prose, dissects a subject with clarity, this time, on the issue of Honours in the U.K., which, as he shows has degenerated somewhat from its original ideals. However, it is, as he implies, a harmless and cheap way of collecting vast amounts of money for charitable enterprises, that may have disappeared into the insatiable maw of successive Chancellors and taxmen.

And Britain is not entirely alone, as Mr. Lillico demonstrated with the examples of Amin and Gadaffi. I can remember many pictures portraying the great fat chest of Herman Goering, absolutely bedazzled with medals, Orders, stars, plus sashes, none of which, helped him win The Battle of Britain in 1940! Reverting to the Andy Murray controversy, has anyone considered the possibility of Scotland voting for secession, thus de facto, making Murray a foreigner?

The other plus in favour of giving Lordships and knighthood's, is the fact that they end when the recipient dies. On that sombre note, I will close.
Yours Sincerely, Phil Green
El Toro