What an excellent, entertaining, informative and astute commentary.
Reading between the lines, the message from the Mayor and Steve is that there will be no special measures to help foreign residents because they believe that foreign residents should integrate more and learn Spanish. When in Rome etc. This is a ldblquote do nothingdblquote cheap policy.
If the other parties cannot find their own popular British candidates, the only alternative for them is to look seriously at policies.
One obvious area is the language issue. If I was still advising Sebastian I would telling him to formulate policies relating to bilingual or multilingual communications, to facilitate better understanding and access by Brits to Council services. Here in Wales all literature is bilingual (including the Councilquote s website) and Council jobs which involve face to face contact with the public require job holders to be bilingual.
I am convinced that if Sebastian had proposed a Spanish/Welsh bilingual strategy, including free Welsh lessons for Spanish council employees and Councillors, he would have absolutely stunned the opposition. But, we will never know. What a missed opportunity.
We can all learn from other cultures, including the Welsh, as George Bush did prior to invading Iraq.http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/8456/Llapgoch.htm