New San Antonio Council to be Sworn In

At 1.15pm on Saturday 13 June 2015 a new local government will be sworn in to lead San Antonio for the next 4 years. PSOE, PI and REINICIA have formed a coalition pact to force out PP for the first time in 35 years. PSOE are socialists, Reinicia err towards the left and PI are centre right so on paper this pact looks like a disaster waiting to happen but island politics is a strange animal where most politicians are close personal friends and where family members run against each other for different political parties. The end result is that most parties have similar issues and objectives so really it’s all down to personalities. On paper PP & PI look like perfect bedfellows, mainly local business people with centre right beliefs, however scratch away at the surface and you hear rumours of personality clashes and broken promises between the 2 parties. PI with local lawyer Juanjo Ferrer as their leader have had 2 seats over the last 4 years and have to endure being consistently thwarted by the majority PP party in everything they have proposed so now is payback time. Memories can be very long in local politics.

PSOE led by Pep Tur ‘Cires’ will now lead the local chamber. Cires has done a fantastic job as the president of Es Nautic Sant Antoni so let’s hope he can bring this philosophy over to the town hall with his new inexperienced team He has consistently said that San Antonio needs to ‘change’ its touristic model which will be a major challenge but he now has 4 years to make his mark.

This just leaves REINICIA who are the newbies at the table. They have reached out to the 18-40’s and through social media they have been constantly banging the drum about how San Antonio has got to change – now they will get their chance to lead rather than criticise. Their undoubted enthusiasm will have to be tempered with the realization that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ however with their passion for San Antonio they should be able to make a difference. Whether they can work with the other parties remains to be seen as they will be like the hyperactive kid in the classroom who wants to do everything NOW so their charismatic leader Pablo Valdes will have his work cut out to keep the wheels moving and everything calm. 

For local residents & businesses it is going to be an interesting ride, the overall feeling is that San Antonio has to change but only time will tell whether a Tri-party coalition is the best way forward. I sincerely wish Sres Tur, Valdes and Ferrer all the very best for the next 4 years and sincerely hope that they have a positive effect on our town and if they get it right they will get my vote in 4 years time. But if they don’t………

No one said it was going to be easy. Watch this space. MM

San Antonio or Sant Antoni?

 Believe it or not this is a question that has troubled me for some time. We have a name that is known the world over yet the locals don’t seem to want to use it. I’ve always detested the use of ‘Sant Antoni’ however I have started to change my mind. Why? The simple reason is when you type San Antonio into the search engines it comes up with San Antonio Texas and never San Antonio Ibiza but when you type in Sant Antoni…..voila! In this day and age its all about standing out from the norm and being a unique product and the Catalan version of the name gives us that. To most it will always be San Antonio or even San An but for the cyber world it might just be better to be Sant Antoni.

New Era for San Antonio Politics 

  Don’t be put off by the casual dress & tattoed neck of the guy on the left. His name is Pablo Valdes and he’s thrown a major spanner in the works of old school local politics. His 1496 votes in the recent elections means that his REINICIA party have 4 seats on the council and has enabled a Tri-party coalition which will see San Antonio free from the PP party for the 1st time in 35 years. Pep Tur ‘Cires’ (PSOE – 6 seats) will become Mayor with Valdes assuming Deputy Mayor status. Juanjo Ferrer (PI – 3 seats) will become the 2nd Deputy Mayor in a major shake up & kick up the bum for local San An politics. Only time will tell if this coalition will be successful however I feel we need to get behind our new local government and support them but also keep them accountable with relation to their election promises. 

June 2015 – My New Blog 

I’m a great lover & believer in social media however I have recently become frustrated in trying to get over my opinions & feelings in only 140 characters or in between kids photos & food images.

With the recent seismic shift in San Antonio politics I intend to do a weekly blog to keep the English speaking population updated plus giving my own opinions on what’s happening with regards to local news and how it effects us all. My aim is to cut through the hearsay & conjecture so we can debate the real issues.

Politics to some is the most boring thing in the world however it also one of the most important things in the world and that’s why we all need to know what’s going on as only then can we have an informed opinion and start questioning local government in the correct way through the proper channels.

Thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to comment on any post as only through debate will be get to the nitty gritty and try & change things for the better.

VIVA San Antonio!