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As everyone expected, because we have seen it before with many of the same players involved, albeit in different positions, there would be some internal differences of opinion within the left-wing coalition Balearic government. However, this uncertainty and lack of unity within the tri-party government has spilled over and has now thrown all of the region’s key economic cogs into confusion. Some pundits say it is deliberate. For example, with the way the hoteliers have been ignored and overruled with regards to designing and introducing the tourist tax, many say -  and the hoteliers certainly agree -  that it was a move to deliberately wind them up and put them in their place. The government should remember that, in under four years time, they could be out of office. But the hotel sector, on which the region’s economy and jobs depend to a great deal, will be here for many generations to come, so at the end of the day, it is a waste of time and public funds taking them on - they will win in the end. But the government appears to have a hunger for conflict. Now it has angered the construction industry by deciding to tear up the development laws drawn up by the previous government and introduce new rules and regulations which, according to both the construction and hotel sectors, will not only lead to a reduction in investment and the creation of new jobs, but has created a new gray area in which nothing is clear.