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The Gibraltar Controversy

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Human Rights, Modern World, Spain, UK, World War 2 with tags , , , , on 10/08/2013 by floroy1942
Gibraltar At Night

Gibraltar At Night

I was happy to hear this last week that David Cameron has once again told the Spanish that Britain will not give up Gibraltar. I find it totally ridiculous that countries like Spain and Argentina consistently make ridiculous claims for ‘return’ of territory they have not had control of for many hundreds of years.

The peninsular first became part of Spain following the collapse of the Roman Empire but was overrun by the Muslim Moors in 700 A.D. It was annexed by the Christian Kingdom of Castile in 1309 but was once again lost to the Moors in 1333 who ruled until 1462 when it was again recaptured by the Spanish who remained in control until 1704 when it was captured during the War of Spanish Succession by an Anlgo-Dutch fleet in the name of  Charles VI of Austria who was  the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. When the war ended the territory was ceded  “in perpetuity” to Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It has been a British possession ever since then.

Guarding the Rock - WW2

Guarding the Rock – WW2

Thereafter, Gibraltar was besieged and heavily bombarded during three attempts by the Spanish to regain it but all were repulsed effectively. In fact, Gibraltar has faced fourteen sieges within the last five hundred years. Although attacked by German, Italian and Vichy French forces during the Second World War all were withstood. The last major attempt at subduing the people of Gibraltar was during the Franco era when he cut off all communications and sealed the border between 1969 and 1985. This also failed.

Cueta and Melilla - Spanish Territory In Morocco

Ceuta and Melilla – Spanish Territory In Morocco

So you see, this tiny peninsular of land has had more than its fair share of problems, but despite them all the people have never been defeated. During the last war it became a major Navy base for British fleets operating in the Mediterranean Sea, but today it has little strategic importance. However, it is as British as the UK with its red double-decker buses, red phone boxes and British traditions. For this reason I applaud the stance of our Prime Minister in telling the Spanish that so long as the people of Gibraltar want to stay British they shall have that right. I think it also behoves him to remind Spain’s Prime Minister, Rajoy, that Spain also has two enclaves in Morocco called Ceuta and Melilla that belong to Spain which they steadfastly refuse to hand back. They too are similar to Gibraltar in that they are on the coast near the narrows.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar From The Air

The reason this whole saga has hit the headlines is because the government of Gibraltar placed large blocks of concrete in the bay in Gibraltar’s territorial waters to deter Spanish fishermen  who regularly fish in them. The methods they use are particularly bad for the ecosystem because they trawl the seabed with nets that destroy the habitat of many species of sea creatures. The Spanish have been known for years for their ‘rape of the sea’, they even fish in North Sea waters and don’t give a fig for legal boundaries. Quotas mean little to them and they have put the fishing fleets of many countries out of business. I remember when the port of Grimsby in the UK had one of the largest fleets in the country, but now there are but a few boats left.

Qeues Waiting To Leave Deliberately Caused By Spanish Customs

Queues Waiting To Leave Deliberately Caused By Spanish Customs

But apart from all that there is the question of the sovereignty of Gibraltar. It has been in British hands for more than three hundred years as a result of a treaty the Spanish signed themselves, so what gives them the right to demand it back. Just supposing they did get it back, what then? In my view it would deteriorate into a useless hunk of rock at the southern end of the country. Living in Spain for many years has given me an insight into the way these people think, and I can say with utmost certainty that if it became Spanish, the Gibraltar tourist trade would dry up within a couple of years and given a few more years would look just like the other side of the border.

Inside' The Rock' Caves

Inside’ The Rock’ Caves

My wife and I go to Gibraltar regularly from Marbella and pass through La Linia which is the Spanish town on the border with Gibraltar, and I have seldom seen a more run-down place in all my life. Just driving through it is depressing. Much of the population in this small town work in Gibraltar and if wasn’t for this they would all be in big trouble. Practically every shop you go to in Gibraltar has Spanish staff, and as you walk the streets you hear Spanish spoken ten times more than English.

The "Britishness" Of Gibraltar

The “Britishness” Of Gibraltar

Gibraltar does have a certain charm with its quaint single shopping street, where incidentally most of the businesses are run by Indians or Pakistani’s, but it’s also the very ‘Britishness’ of the place, in many ways its like the UK used to be. The peninsular has an area of just 6.5sq.kms with a population of slightly under 30,000, and much of the land on the western side was reclaimed from the sea where now stand large blocks of apartments.

What visitors to Gibraltar have to endure:

The Apes Of Gibraltar - The Best Thieves On The Peninsular

The Apes Of Gibraltar – The Best Thieves On The Peninsular

It is a bustling place with many attractive tourist sites like the limestone caves and the Barbary apes that inhabit the summit. It has very nice beaches and is in many ways a nice place to visit. On top of all that it is a tax-free haven which the tourists, and I might add most of the Spanish locals, like very much. Everything considered, I am glad that successive UK governments have steadfastly refused to accede to Spanish demands that it be handed back, for it is as British as fish and chips and must remain so.

Roy.

Election Debacle

Posted in Britain, Elections, England, English Schools, Immigrants, Justice, MP's, Parliament, Prison, UK, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , on 07/05/2010 by floroy1942

So the wait is finally over, and Britain takes another firm step towards oblivion.

Even the election was poorly organized, with complaints from tens of thousands of people across the country who said the polling stations closed their doors at 10pm and they were not allowed to vote, even after queuing for hours. We have now sunk so low we cannot even organize an election properly.  This has never happened before.

The fact that Britain now has a hung parliament with no one party having a clear majority, means we will see in the coming weeks bitter haggling between the three parties as each vie for a share of power.

The major problem is, there is not a single party capable of running the country as it should be. Each successive government plunges our land deeper into crisis, none more so than Labour over the past thirteen years. Single-handedly, they have sabotaged our nation, and the opposition has done nothing to stop it.

They have given away the traditions and culture that made us proud and respected across the globe, and turned us into a pariah state, a melting pot of cultures, whilst at the same time driving us into debt by handing out money by the truckload to parasites and immigrants like confetti at a wedding.

Let me ask you a question: In what other country will you find an immigrant family living in a £2.6m mansion paid for by Social Services i.e. the taxpayer? I am sure you will not be able to give me an answer.

Another question: Name me any country where people can receive up to £30,000 a year for NOT working? Along with this of course goes a house, furniture, computers for the children etc., all paid for by the taxpayer. Again, I don’t think you will be able to give me a positive answer.

But all this is possible in Britain! Why?

The nation has been sold out in worship of continued power, and the voter is just as much to blame as the government, because Labour was voted back in time after time.

Now come the hard questions; What should we expect from the new coalition to get things back on track? A difficult one, with many facets.

I believe the first thing to do is ‘SHUT THE DOOR’ to all new immigrants! Secondly, we must SLASH the Social Services Budget so that only the really needy get help, and then at a minimum level to sustain them. Parasites (i.e. work-shy and those feigning disability) should have all their payments stopped and be forced to EARN their living and contribute to the system.

Steps must also be taken to get rid of the ‘Goody-Goody’ Brigade from their seats of power, which they have used to sabotage our traditions, culture and justice system for far too long.

Immigrants should be made to realise they live in OUR country and must conform to our laws and our way of life. This means no mosques, no veils, no arranged marriages, no Islāmic demonstrations and NO Sharia Law. If they cannot respect our way of life while practising thier own faith they should leave for a Muslim country.

Harsh measures must be taken to resolve the current disasters we call Justice, the NHS, and our Education systems. How do we do that? As follows!

First we need more prisons, secondly we need sentences that fit the crime without the opportunity of early release. We need prisoners to wear a penal uniform and perform hardlabour during their incarceration. We need the return of the death penalty for pre-meditated murder, and serial paedophiles and rapists should be castrated. Only by putting the fear of God into criminals will we ever stop the crime that rules our daily lives.

Our government must take the steps necessary to stop the spiralling cycle of violence, and to hell with the UN, Amnesty International and all the other ‘Goody-Goody’ Brigades. We can take another look at international conventions once we have things back under control.

So far as the NHS is concerned, it is time to kick out these useless self-serving administrators from our hospitals and go back to the ‘Matron’ system, where wards and nurses were controlled by senior nursing staff with a complete understanding of what is required. Kick out all the contract cleaning companies and have dedicated cleaning staff in every hospital as it used to be.

When this system was in place decades ago there was no such thing as patients catching life threatening diseases IN the hospital.

The education system also needs to return to the old standards of excellence, with major improvements in the standard of teaching, the national curriculum, and a much-needed return to classroom discipline.

The next question is, which of the parties is strong, and committed enough, to do this? The answer is; None!

The most important thing for politicians today is to stay in power, not do what is good for the country and its people.

Many analysts predict Europe is heading for financial meltdown with the economic crisis in Greece, the UK, Portugal and Spain. These same analysts are forecasting Britain will have a bigger budget deficit than Greece in the coming year, with all the problems associated with it. So it is clear that whichever coalition comes to power, they will have a monumental task ahead of them.

Will they be up to the task? I think not! We will return to the favourite British pastime of the blind leading the blind!

Roy.

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