I do not understand why the opposition Partido Popular insists on trying to make political capital out of the issue of Catalan/Majorcan. This was an issue which I thought was settled a decade ago but there are some within the centre right party who want to tap into the discontent felt by some towards the Catalan language. For those who are unaware, Catalan/Majorcan is the language of politics: all council meetings, parliamentary sessions, etc. in the Balearics are in this language. In fact, if you don't speak it there is little point attending a council meeting. It is also the language of the civil service, and the majority of schooling in state schools is in Catalan. After much debate more than a decade ago the language issue appeared to have been resolved.

If you are from the mainland or have a strong Castilian/Spanish background, having to speak and understand Catalan/Majorcan is not going to be well received because Spanish is the language of Spain. But Catalan/Majorcan is the language of this island alongside Castilian/Spanish and the majority of people who live here want it that way. It is as simple as that. Yes, it could be argued that if you want to study in some parts of the mainland or abroad there is not much use speaking Catalan but this is not really the point. More than 50 per cent of people of these islands have made their opinion heard and want Majorcan/Catalan spoken and taught. There is opposition and in some cases rightly so, but the majority want it this way. So, I think this issue should be left how it is; there is no point making trouble so far down the line.

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Rightwinger / Hace 10 days

Absolutely nothing Madrid (central government) can do about it. They transferred everything to do with Health and Education, lock, stock and barrel to the local government here as well as to other Spanish regions.

Are your friends complaining that there aren’t enough Spanish people teaching English or English speaking people teaching English ?

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Richard / Hace 10 days

I agree with all comments. The health service bias is a national disgrace (ok, regional but Madrid should clamp down). Re education, equally a disgrace. The additional shame is that even with private education there are few if any native speakers teaching English. My Spanish friends complain about this all the time.

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Rightwinger / Hace 10 days

Apropos to this, it would be worthwhile reading about how the new Catalan president, Sr Torra, has referred to Spaniards who do not speak Catalan. Pigs and mentally retarded are some of the more polite ones.

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Rightwinger / Hace 10 days

Then you can imagine what happens to people from the mainland and immigrants from South America who have to keep their mouths shut as they need to earn an income.

The same thing has happened to me as an adult, but mainly because I have a foreign surname.

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Henrietta / Hace 11 days

There is a great deal of racism happening in the schools and the after school sport activities. A foreign child will be overlooked for a Mallorquin child. It is happened in the last two months in a competition here where a child had won and then should have gone forward to represent the squad. The judges got together afterwards and the mother was called to say that her daughter could not compete as the opportunity would be given to another girl, who happened to be Mallorquin.

My nieces in schools had books thrown at them and shouted at as their Catalan accent was not correct. One teacher in the junior school, we complained to the headmistress, she said that she was fully aware of the problem but she was unable to do anything.

The Mallorquins are happy for their children and the children of the island to be given far less worldwide opportunities by the narrow mindedness of the Catalan language to be dominant.

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Andy Rawson / Hace 13 days

More Catalanazification.

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Theresa / Hace 13 days

So they choose not to have the best medical minds to work in their health service.

Surely to cure a person it should not be related to language.

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Henry James / Hace 13 days

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world,Catalan,by comparison is spoken by only a few,which language is the most useful to speak.?

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rightwinger / Hace 13 days

Maybe Franco wasn’t so wrong after all.

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Antonia / Hace 13 days

We left Mallorca because our children were discriminated against by teachers because they spoke some spanish and english. We are not tourists, we are mallorqueans! The education system is basically saying that we have no right to exist! We want equality for spanish speakers in my part of spain! Then we can come home! Mallorca does not belong exclusively to the mallorqueans who choose to speak mallorquean - it belong to everyone. I am mallorquean, I am spanish, I am english, I am british and I am a legitimate human being with the right to speak spanish at home! EQUALITY FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS IS A RIGHT!

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