The Junta’s Presidency department has finally twigged on that these Franco style border checks at Gib frontier are causing greater harm to the Spanish economy than to Gib’s. Susana Diaz’s spokeperson admits that the livelihood of some 7000 local in La Linea is being affected by the border control, and the proposal to erect a second barrier will make the situation even worse.
There was a desperate and emergency press meeting last night in Madrid just a couple of hours after Argentina stunned London by announcing that Spain and Argentine had signed an agreement to jointly force the UK’s hand over Gib & the Falkland Islands. “No such agreement or alliance exists” insisted the Spanish Deputy Foreign Minister, Marisa Cruz. “There has been a misunderstanding”. It seems that the FO for Spain, the somewhat doddery José Manuel García-Margallo Continue reading Desperate backpeddling from Madrid over Argentina’s claim of an anti-UK “alliance”
Thought it was worthwhile reproducing this map which clearly shows the location of the new artificial reef created by the Gibs. This particular map was drawn up by ElMundo.es, one of the more right wing newspapers, but even they admit that the Junta de Andalucia official maps (the ones sent to the EU) agree that the area where the blocks were dumped are “off limits” to all fishermen. What seems to have happened is that Continue reading Gib’s “artifical reef” is in waters offlimits to fishing, according to the Junta’s maps
The Rock of Gibraltar has (with backing from the UK) put a spanner in the negotiations over granting local fishermen rights to fish around the rock by declaring itself to be a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under EU rules. Say the Rock in a press release issued today: The Government of Gibraltar is pleased to announce, in accordance with the requirements of the Nature Protection Act 1991 and the EU Habitats Directive, the designation Continue reading Rock of Gibraltar declares itself a Special Area of Conservation and Spain is maaaaaad
The hon. Pres of the Andalucian Commie Party, Antonio Romero, has announced a two day hunger strike (steady on and pace yourself! Would no doubt be Gandhi’s advice here) at the gates to Gib to protest at the rocks status as a “fiscal paradise”. He wants Rajoy to “do something about it“. We shall skip lightly over the fact that Romi the Commie has obviously missed the point that Madrid doesn’t have much influence in Continue reading Hunger strike at entrance to Gib: it’s a tax haven and we should do something about it claims PCA head
The Guardia Civil have said that they cannot protect Spanish fishermen against the “aggression” of Gibraltar, backup by the Royal Navy, and as such have asked for the Spanish Navy to help protect them. The Guardia Civil said in a statement that it is a question of “David against Goliath… we have a 12 metre long patrol boat armed with one machine gun, they have a 70 meter long armed frigate of the Royal Navy, Continue reading Guardia Civil ask for Navy reinforcements in Gibraltar standoff
In order to distract citizens from the woes of Spain, Madrid has ordered Queen Sofia to cancel her visit to the London Jubilee celebrations, due to take place in two days time. The reason is, according to El Mundo, that the Gib marching band is playing in London as part of the Jubilee celebrations. (Eh?) Nor did they like the recent visit of the Count of Wessex to the place, a few days ago. (King Continue reading Spain cancels Queen Sofia’s visit to London Jubilee celebrations over Gib fight
I notice, with some irritation, that there seem to be quite a few streets named “Gibraltar, Espanol!” (lit. Gibraltar is Spanish!) across Spain. There’s one in Almeria, which is just behind the main road along the beach front before you get to the Cable Ingles; there also seems to be one in Antas. Does the Ley de Franquismo not apply to us poor foreigners?