Ryanair Chief Executive O'Leary

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria September 26, 2019.


Person of the week

Was Michael O'Leary, who achieved the seemingly impossible in gaining huge public approval. Ryanair were spearheading a High Court action against the UK government's travel policy, and the airline's boss wasn't in the least bit reticent in railing against the government - "I've never come across a more incompetent f****** front bench of ministers." With O'Leary newly cast as the People's Travel Champion, Richard Branson needed to get on board as well. Virgin Atlantic added their weight to the legal challenge, all that stuff about O'Leary having said that Branson should "write the cheque himself" to bailout Virgin Atlantic now a rant of the past.

PALMA - La policía dispersa de madruga un botellón en la plaza Gomila, en Palma.

Three cheers ...

For the government having decided to let bars and restaurants stay open until 2am, always subject to town hall regulations, that is. Something like normality is returning to hospitality, and for businesses and employees - after all they have had to endure - this has to be welcomed. Nevertheless, there was the impression that the government had reached its decision because of an unstated admission that the street drinking "botellón" cannot be curbed. Government statements about the botellón having been banned pre-Covid are weak, if there isn't the wherewithal to ensure that a ban means ban.

Cientos de jóvenes se saltaron las normas COVID en el concierto de la plaza de toros

A big boo ...

For uncontrolled events. It can seem at times as if we are doing our utmost to undo all the hard work. Some of us anyway, like those responsible for the concert at Palma's bullring on Tuesday. All Covid measures seemingly went out of the window, the police eventually bringing proceedings to an end; tough sanctions could well be meted out. A regrettable aspect of this was that it didn't do the nightlife and events cause much good. An uncontrolled concert could make the government think again about easing restrictions, and that would be grossly unfair on those from the sector who are doing their very best - and indeed on their customers.


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burgundy blue / Hace 7 months

Fair comment, Nigel, about O'Leary and Branson. Selt-serving whinging.

Is the EU deliberatedly dragging its feet over the vaccine rollout because it is Brexit Shy? Get a grip, man. Over 50% first dose and over 30% second dose is excellent for a little island like Mallorca.

Its easy for the UK to crow about their rates when they have two manufacturing plants on home soil, and when the company concerned failed to deliver on its proposed schedule to the EU and the WHO global vaccination programme.

I think you'll find that far from being "Brexit Shy" the EU is holding Boris Johnson's feet very close to the fire over the Northern Ireland Protocol. As is Joe Biden.


Colin Allcars / Hace 7 months

How O’Leary has the front to tell anyone how to treat others when he presides over the most pig-ignorant, customer-hating business on the planet is beyond belief.

@Nigel - you’re spot on about the EU’s spiteful response to Brexit, and Spain lamentable vaccination progress.

While in the middle of a deadly pandemic the rest of the world is encouraging every man and his dog to get vaccinated, Spain is refusing to vaccinate it’s own citizens because “the computer says ‘no’”.

If it wasn’t so seriously dangerous it would be laughable.


nigel / Hace 7 months

O'Leary and Branson only worry about profit headlines and free advertising. Which of course the MDB seemingly has bought hook line an sinker. If you read the comments to your resumed travel articles, cruise ships, etc. the majority are negative, and consider uncontrolled travel a disaster. So what does the MBD want, more grief? This pandemic is here to stay, variations included, how we combat it is by vaccination, no one yet has a better answer, and yet Europe is still dragging it's feet with vaccinations, why, are they Brexit shy and due to the British success making it as difficult for their citizens to be vaccinated, sounds like sour grapes. The Mallorcan vaccination roll out is a disaster, even Spanish Nationals here are being refused and told to return to the Mainland!