Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister

On Saturday evening, with only a few hours notice, your UK government imposed new travel regulations for British tourists visiting Spain. This decision inconvenienced thousands (including a few of your own ministers) and has directly affected the livelihoods of many ‘hard working families’ (a phrase your government likes to use).

Then yesterday after previously exempting the Balearic Islands from the essential travel only list you double backed on yourself. You obviously did this as your previous decision to declare the Islands safe yet to apply the 14 day quarantine rule was a contradiction in terms so instead of looking at positive ways to solve this you took the easy option to ‘hide behind the science’ yet again.

Your justification for these knee-jerk reactions is to protect the health of your fellow country men, women and children. Although this is a noble sentiment it’s been falling on deaf ears for a long time as they have continually shown contempt for your guidelines by gathering on beaches and holding demonstrations. Even your own ‘colleague’ Dominic Cummins couldn’t follow the rules that he himself helped to write (even though his eyesight is OK to read them).

However let’s get back to Spain and your baffling decisions on Saturday and Monday. Spain needs UK tourism (nearly as much as you need catchphrases and slogans), it’s vital to the economy and is the lifeblood for many holiday resorts such as San Antonio where I’ve lived for nearly 30 years. We rely heavily on British tourism yet your actions finish the summer for many businesses who only started a few weeks ago after an extended lockdown.

But Boris above all else, here’s the really crazy thing, San Antonio is on a small island called Ibiza (you may have heard of it) and our contagion rate is amongst the lowest in Europe, in fact it’s a lot safer here than wandering around Asda in Wolverhampton so the justifications for your actions are simply not true. The Balearics is amongst the safest places in Europe and is full of international visitors enjoying the summer. Unlike the UK we have got our sh*t together (pardon the expression).

Seeing as your decisions seem to be made on the hoof and veer wildly from day to day I kindly ask that you use some common sense and develop an ‘air corridor’ between the UK and the Balearic Islands that will save livelihoods and allow many on our islands to get through a very long winter. It will also allow your fellow Brits to have a holiday here and after the last 5 months by George do they need it!

Thanks for reading Boris, let’s get this done!

Yours sincerely

Martin Makepeace

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Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

10 thoughts on “Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister”

  1. Great sentiments as the government sentiment was this would simplyfy things which would be a vreath of fresh had it not been for four months of confusion and mixed messages prior to “simplyifying the message” inconveniencing thousands of holiday makers and virtually guarantying the closure of umpteen family run economy hotels on an already expensive island. The fact that you are more likely to be robbed in Wolverhampton Asda than catch covid shows how unlikely you are to catch covid in the Balearics. I thought Boris and this government might be a breath of fresh air but if they continue on this path of banging nails in the coffin of common sense, then I really think they would struggle to get re+elected if they were facing Corbyn let alone the suave Sir Keir. Sort your fucking shit out or I will seriously be looking to put my vote to the more common sense party that is led by the eloquent,(in comparison) Lord Such.

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  2. Well said. I live on Mallorca and this is going to kill so many businesses throughout the Balearics and Canary Islands. We had a hard lockdown (unlike U.K.) and we are safe and should be given a corridor to help everyone. I’d like my husband, daughter and son in law to be able to travel to see me without having to quarantine on their return.

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  3. Nice. It seems too late in the show for the UK to start and make informed, sensible decisions, they seem to enjoy playing the role of pantomime horse, stumbling around the stage aimlessly. Or maybe this is all part of the “Rule Britannia” narrative?

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  4. Obviously this decision is made to keep tourist money inside the Uk, They’re out of europe now so self preservation and barganing power is surely on display. Although I dont agree with it from an economic (Uk) perspective it makes sense to try and keep tourism local😕


  5. As well as this if the whole of Spain is to be put on lockdown because a couple of regions (Barcelona and Madrid) then should the whole of Britain not be put on lockdown because of Leicester


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