A LÚDIA town hall has taken what appears to be a rather odd decision'. It has agreed that requirements for any council job will include differing levels of ability to speak Catalan. The decision appears odd because it goes against the regional government's new law on public function which has removed the need for knowledge of Catalan to be a requirement for public-sector employment and because the town hall is dominated by the Partido Popular. There is a further oddity in that the Lady mayor, Coloma Terrasa, had, some months ago, rejected the hanging of the senyera (Aragonese/Catalan flag) outside the town hall building, arguing that it gave the wrong impression, for a town and council that wished to be for all languages. Despite this previous opposition, the PP administration in Alcúdia is unanimous' in stipulating that Catalan will remain a requirement and justifies its position on the grounds that it reflects the sociolinguistic realities of the town. The flying of the flag had presumably not reflected these realities.