Politicians’ Picnic

“If you go out to the beach today, you’re of a big surprise”. Well, may be not, but you could run into one of several politicians enjoying their summer holidays here in Spain. All three of the major British political parties are agreed: Spain is still the destination of choice for holidaymakers from every walk of life, whatever your political affiliation! Messrs. Cameron, Clegg and Blair seem happy to lead the way, settling down to enjoy some Spanish hospitality, sunshine and relaxation.

Tony Blair meeting the locals in San Pedro de Alcánata

On the Costa del Sol, former British Prime Minster Tony Blair and his wife Cherie have been spotted visiting San Pedro Alcántara’s Catholic Church and strolling around the small town located just outside Marbella. Reports claim the couple are staying at a villa in Benahavis for two weeks, so hopefully they’ll get to taste some of the delights on offer in this hilltop village renowned for its fantastic restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Over in Pollenca on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, regular visitors to Spain, David Cameron (British Prime Minster) and his wife Samantha, were photographed this week enjoying a quick coffee without the children. Mr Cameron, obviously eager not to let his hair down too much on their short family getaway, looked ready to jump back into action if necessary, choosing to wear dark jeans, loafers and a long sleeved shirt despite the high temperatures. Perhaps he was officially ‘on call’ as his Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is also partaking in a spot of rest and relaxation under the Iberian sun. He is visiting the birthplace of his wife, Miriam, and no doubt spending time with their extended family some of whom still live in the small town in Valladolid, central Spain. But it’s not just the British politicians who are getting in on the holiday act. José María Aznar, former Spanish Prime Minster was spied heading down to the beach from his villa in Guadalmina with his wife, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella. He joins the annual August influx of Madrileños making the most of the beaches, restaurants, bars and shops in Puerto Banús and Marbella. Now if they could all just put their heads together over a glass of Sangria and sort out the global economic crisis, we would all have something to celebrate!