News from Cuba
Mr Hidalgo has just returned from Cuba - where his parents were born – and he is not terribly optimistic about rapid change on the island.
Describing the situation as “disheartening”, he reports that with some outstanding exceptions, most of the Cubans he talked to appear to have no faith in the future. And their only ambition is to leave. As soon as possible.
“Every single person I spoke to has all but given up on the country and does not think that Fidel Castro's departure would have much of an impact on the repressive machinery and bureaucratic nightmare that has become the norm in Cuba,” Mr Hidalgo concludes.
I hope he is wrong.