Every week Frank Leavers our man with the dirty Mac and half empty glass of inexpensive vino is looking at what lies just below the sophisticated gloss of island life. Come on folks; tell our Frank what’s really happening in Mallorca.
I think it was about a month ago that I first did my sums and reported in this column that even at the then promised level of the vaccine ‘roll-out’ – most island based people would be waiting an awfully long time for their Covid-19 vaccination. Since then, the EU establishment has sought to blame the United Kingdom for acting swiftly and decisively – and in turn Spain, like may other EU nations has felt the need to berate Brussels for its tardiness in getting this vast exercise movingThe government went ahead saying safety rules would be followed. There are concerns that pilgrims could get infected and then tak. With the local catering and hospitality industries the most vulnerable to any type of restriction in tourism – is it any wonder that those involved are desperate for visitors to start coming to these islands once again?
However, putting all other problems to one sideChina is ramping up vaccination efforts after a slow start, prompted in part b, it surely can’t help the situation that as we move towards the summer, we as a prime tourism destination can’t point to even a modest vaccination rate here in the Balearics? Perhaps at the moment this doesn’t matter as much as it will further down the line, but the time will come when lockdowns and social limitations have served their purpose and what will matter to the traveller, their airlines – and their insurers, will be just how ‘safe’ their destination, is – in terms of the vaccination levelsThe Canadian Red Cross from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — saying it was vaccine suppl. This will undoubtedly be the next challenge and so it might make a lot of sense for the authorities, for once – to get in-front of the curve on this upcoming challenge. There is one thing not being able to organise a p***up in a brewery – quite another matter failing to organise a vaccine in a pandemic!RELATED: Palma Restaurant selling treasured antiques to stay afloatA SHOPAHOLIC?
On a lighter note; why is it that I am the only man I know who – a) is happy to go shopping in a supermarket with a woman – and b) takes a worrying delight in shopping all by himself? I never even thought about it before, until a woman I know stopped me in the wine aisle in Mercadona and challenged me to explain myself. It seems that this ladies husband in over 25 years of marriage has, to her certain knowledge, never set foot in a supermarket during the whole of that time.