Spanish using the Rock to bury £40m scandal
I VISITED Gibraltar last week to see what is actually happening on the Rock with my own eyes.
The Spanish police – Guardia Civil – are doing car checks at the border, which is creating huge queues.
This is causing massive delays and in some cases people are being forced to wait in their cars for up to EIGHT hours, during the current heatwave.
The people I spoke to there were very angry. One vehicle had an overheating two month old baby who was crying.
It’s wrong and inhumane and it’s illegal under EU law.
The EU has warned Spain and told them they will be coming down to inspect the border.
But they’ve told the Spanish the date and time they’re coming. Which is like cops telling a drug dealer the day they are going to raid his house.
The Gibraltar problem kicked off because the Spanish claim Gibraltar is theirs.
It was claimed by the British following the Spanish War of Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) states the Rock should remain British “forever”.
The people of Gibraltar also desperately want to remain British. Two referendums on the matter show 99 per cent want to be British not Spanish.
The Spanish are blatantly ignoring democracy.
There is, however, a rather complicated and underlying story which explains why the Spanish are rattling the sabre.
There’s a huge corruption scandal in Madrid which involves their Prime Minister.
The former Treasurer of the ruling party was found to have more than £40 million stashed away in a Swiss bank account.
The Spanish government is trying to divert people’s attention away from the corruption scandal and on to Gibraltar.
They are trying to use the Rock as a unifying issue because Spain is a pretty divided nation at the moment. Spain has something like 20% unemployment with 60% youth unemployment – the highest in Europe.
Many of the educated and qualified young people are leaving and heading to Germany and even in some cases, South America.
Spain is also trapped inside a currency – the Euro – which does not suit its economy, so they are going nowhere fast.
Many in the country are turning their backs on the traditional political parties and looking towards the far left and far right.
Spain is a broken society and the desperate government is hoping that bullying Gibraltar will help fix it. The truth is it won’t. We need to get tough with Spain. We need to tell them that Gibraltar is British and will always be British.
David Cameron needs go to Gibraltar himself to witness what I saw and he should tell the Gibraltarian government that London will no longer allow Madrid to push it about.
We should also give Gibraltar its own MP.
And if the Spanish don’t want to play ball we should just stop handing over our cash to them via the EU to prop up their failing economy.
Money talks. We should use it.