Firstly, an alert. If you are attempting to read this on Saturday, May 27, please look away now. On no account must you be influenced by anything that might sway you one way or the other in your voting intentions - assuming that you a) have a vote and b) can be bothered to go and vote. Saturday is the Day of Reflection, when politicians must keep their mouths shut and therefore have to find some way of occupying their time. Expect, for example, the odd photographic glimpse of politicians taking a walk, cutting the grass, tucking into some typical Mallorcan cuisine - anything but politics. It is of course a bizarre anachronism, one wholly unsuited to a digital age (as print media are supposed to keep quiet as well), but such are elections in a Spanish style.
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Reasonable assessment. However, I wouldn't chalk it all up to covid. The balearics have become wildly popular as a tourist destination, in no small part due to sensible management, yet it still needs to be managed. I think the current government has done as well as can be expected, and despite all the wishful thinking for some sort of collapse to prove it's all been botched, it's well, just wishful thinking so far. The objective of "quality over quantity" is actually bearing fruit. Consistently, the balearics (especially Mallorca) is exhibiting a clear trajectory of greater quality, enthusiastically supported by both the government AND the hoteliers, private accommodation providers. and tourism related businesses (spare a handful whose businesses depend on high volume delivering the cheapest product). Simultaneously, the infrastructure continues to improve; roads are very well maintained, internet and mobile coverage, as well as healthcare systems amongst the best in Europe. And gainful employment is as high as seen in recent memory. From a macro view, I see this election as being rather inconsequential. The trajectory appears rather permanent, and neither side of the political spectrum is promising anything all that radically different, although the right is more likely to favour big money (for big money interests) as opposed to looking after the local population. Still, in both cases, the quality trajectory seems pretty much here to stay. Nobody wants a race to the bottom. Except those who can't afford anything else. Yet without some effective management for the lower income brackets, that segment is likely to grow. And that's likely to benefit the PSOE in the next elections (presuming they lose this one). But I don't fear PP either. They're not stupid. They may be forced to coalesce with VOX to form a government, but hopefully they can keep them from screwing things up too badly. So overall, it seems rather optimistic. No obvious radical train wrecks in the works. Carry on.
Nice one Andrew. Its my first chance voting, and as many people suffered to get it ,it would be very wrong to not voice a preference, and no not the pothole fillers. A governing body for Mallorcans , I have seen in Cornwall what happens to the locals ,when there is little control. Devastation to the local inhabitants. And communities. Nothing left.