UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis’

British tabloid newspapers have condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron for taking a week-long break with his wife Samantha on the Spanish island of Ibiza only days after the murder of a British soldier by two suspected extremists.

UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis’
The Sun has hinted that Cameron has told friends in the past that his wife Samantha puts her foot down when it comes to family holidays. Photo: STEFAN ROUSSEAU / POOL / AFP

The Daily Mail ran the story with the title “Cameron sparks row by ‘swanning off’ on holiday to Ibiza with his family as Britain is gripped by terror crisis”.

The tabloid newspaper stated that British MPs are “said to be outraged” by the Prime Minister’s “few days' break” and even spoke of four groups of MPs who “are said to be plotting about Mr Cameron’s future”.

Another red top that lashed out at Cameron was The Sun, running the story with the intro “David Cameron flew to Ibiza for a holiday yesterday — leaving Britain engulfed by the biggest terror crisis since 7/7.”

The British daily included quotes fromLabour MP Sarah Champion, who said Cameron’s decision to take a break showed he was “utterly out of touch.”

“While the country struggles to come to terms with the vile crime in Woolwich this week and investigations continue, he has swanned off to Ibiza. The public deserve better from their Prime Minister,” she told The Sun.

Britain’s biggest selling newspaper also hinted that Cameron has told friends in the past that his wife Samantha puts her foot down when it comes to family holidays.

Downing Street hit back at all the criticism the Prime Minister was receiving on Sunday by saying Cameron 'remains in charge' despite being abroad.

Right-leaning broadsheet The Daily Telegraph even ran a poll to ask its readers if they thought Cameron should be on holiday , with 55 percent answering  “Yes, even the PM must take time off work”, and 44 percent saying “No, it was not the right moment to go”. 

Cameron also received support from Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher and a well-known critic of her party's leader.

"We have got the internet, we've got mobile phones. I think Cameron could actually get back from Ibiza to London quicker than if he was in Cornwall,” she told Sky News.

"I think he is entitled to a holiday, he's entitled to be with his family. I actually want the prime minister to be refreshed, feeling happy because he's had holiday time with his kids and his wife and come back and be a refreshed prime minister."

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Balearic Islands to use drones to stop illegal parties over Christmas

The Balearic Islands are preparing a police controlled operation with drones to monitor compliance with Covid restrictions over the Christmas and New Year periods.

Balearic Islands to use drones to stop illegal parties over Christmas

Public Administrations Minister Isabel Castro announced the plan after a meeting with Government and City Council Representatives in Palma de Mallorca this week.

Four drones will be used in conjunction with the National Police, Guardia Civil and local police to prevent illegal parties and large family gatherings from taking place.

Authorities on the Balearic Islands will also be monitoring social media to put a stop to any Christmas parties with more people than are currently allowed.

“Obviously we can't supply a policeman for every person, we have to rely on individuals being responsible,” Minister Castro told the Mallorca Daily Bulletin. She also said that the authorities will have a zero-tolerance attitude to those who don’t stick to the rules.

Going to a family gathering with more than six will result in fines of between €100 and €3,000 euros, while arranging or attending an illegal party will result in fines of between €3,000- and €60,000.

Since July, when fines of up to €600,000 were approved for the breaching Covid rules, there have been 966 incidents in the Balearic Islands that have resulted in 725 acts of infringement.

Palma de Mallorca. Image: McRonny/Pixabay


Government delegate Aina Calvo said that people should avoid the temptation of risking a fine in order to throw a party. “What is at stake is how many of us have to die before normality returns to our lives,” she told the Mallorca Daily Bulletin.

In addition to drones and social media monitoring, the Balearics have introduced a system whereby customers of bars and restaurants must give their contact details through a QR code in order to be traceable, should a Covid infection have occurred at the establishment.

The information will remain under the protection of the health authorities for 30 days, before being removed.

Francina Armengol, leader of the Socialist Party of the Balearic Islands has also announced the launch of a new mobile app so that people on the islands can be traced in contacted should contagions take place in the premises of bars and restaurants. The measures will affect more than 5,500 hospitality establishments on the islands.

According to La Vanguardia, the Balearic Islands is also proposing that its hospitality establishments install CO2 metres and air purification systems to improve air quality, flow and to minimise the risk of infections. Not complying with these new measures may result in fines for the businesses, once they are approved.