WHEN the mayor of Mojacar, Rosa Maria Cano, accused her opponents of depicting the town as a “Banana Republic” (her words not theirs) she may have been wise to have verified the meaning first.
Councillor Jessica Simpson told EWN: “Had the mayor checked her facts, she would learn that the definition translates in any language as “an economically threatened working class economy that relies on a single limited resource and is ruled over by a plutocratic political group.”
As opposition to the ‘illogical reasoning’ behind her new by-laws grows, so does the domino effect on the economy.
In an interview with EWN, the President of the Mojacar Traders Association, Karin Schroter, warned: “Our suppliers tell us that their business with the town’s bars and restaurants is already down on last year, and reports from surrounding villages indicate a definite knock-on effect.”
Wholesalers, brewers, electrical and plumbing contractors, florists, fruit and vegetable merchants, property management companies, even the friendly Chinese retailer, all supply Mojacar’s bars and restaurants.
On behalf of the business community, Ms. Simpson claims that her colleagues on the council have asked the mayor to consider common sense and logic. “There are,” said the councillor, “other places for the already dwindling number of visitors to spend their hard-earned holiday money, and the town’s suppliers know this.
“Her group may have a stranglehold on the council, but tourists vote with their feet, not at the (postal) ballot box.”
“Instead at a recent town hall meeting the mayor had members of the public ejected, read out the personal information of neighbours and business owners who have made or received noise complaints (from police reports) and gave her subjects 30 days to complain in writing about her edict. Banana Republic?”