When all else fails… Not the Gibraltar thing, again.
Give me an X. Give me an e. Give me a nophobia!!! Here we go again. Whenever a government is incompetent or corrupt, or both, they drag it out. In Russia and parts of Africa they blame us, the gays. In China they blame Japan and vice versa. When things aren’t going too well in Italy they blame the Albanians. In Iran they blame all of the west, but there seems to be a particular focus on the phrase death to America. In Argentina it’s the Falklands. Here in Spain the big one they loved to drag out was the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy; But they’re not too picky. For a while they enjoyed scapegoating the gays. Then there’s the Gibraltar dispute. An entirely fabricated issue. Spanish right-wing politicians love to go on and on and on about it being Spanish territory. The government is so weak at the moment, they’re doing it again. They’re doing it to distract from the Bárcenas/Rajoy scandal.
The truth of the matter is that Gibraltar is tremendously important to the local economy, yes that includes us on the other side of the border. Its duty free status, clean streets and historical importance all contribute to this little rock of 2.6 sq. miles being able to offer nearly five thousand Spaniards jobs of all varieties. Banking jobs, administrative jobs, blue collar jobs- the whole deal. The politicians on our side of the border have all the tools to make our side successful too. The natural beauty is the same. The taxes they collect from us are considerably higher than those paid in Gibraltar. Yet a typical street on the Spanish side of the border looks like this:
The only reason Sotogrande, where we live, is great, is that we the residents do it all ourselves without government interference. We maintain our own streets. We paid for underground wiring/telephone lines. We have our own gardeners caring for the trees and green zones within our community. In fact, if anything, we’ve had to fight the local government tooth and nail as they attempted to re-zone protected nature reserves to permit huge developments to be built. That would have completely destroyed what Sotogrande administrators and residents have spent the past 50 years creating.
The fact of the matter is Gibraltarians don’t want or need the rubbish, obscenely corrupt and disgusting Spanish politicians that we have to deal with on our side of the border. I for one, completely understand their position. I hope this time less Spaniards buy into the imbecilic xenophobia Mariano Rajoy’s government is selling. It’s snake oil, as usual.