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Like Argentina, Spain knows the value of creating useful sideshows to distract the population from economic meltdown. Argentina sabre rattles using the Falklands, whilst Spain uses Gibraltar.

William Hague (yawn) has condemned the Spanish government over claims it is deliberately engineering lengthy delays at the border with Gibraltar. Following a week of shoot-outs and stand-offs in British waters and police “choking” the border, the Foreign Secretary telephoned his Spanish counterpart, Garcia Margallo, to raise “serious concerns”. A spokesman said: “We are aware and very concerned about events at the Spain-Gibraltar border.  “The Foreign Secretary has called the Spanish foreign minister to urge a speedy resolution to the problems at the border.”

With crippling debt, massive unemployment, a bankrupt banking system, Spain has problems. So what better to do than bully Gibraltar?

Gibraltar, of course, is British and for that we must thank the SPANISH who ceded the territory to us as part of the Treaty of Utrecht. But since it IS British, and since this bullying must be stopped, maybe the UK should instantly introduce special border procedures for all Spanish entering the UK. In the name of security..naturally….

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  1. Like Argentina, Spain knows the value of creating useful sideshows to distract the population from economic meltdown

    Such illussions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes. ‘Royal’ babies anyone?

    Gibraltar, of course, is British and for that we must thank the SPANISH who ceded the territory to us as part of the Treaty of Utrecht.

    It also ceded Minorca and agreed to give to the British a monopoly slave-trading contract. Times change.

  2. “Such illusions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes. ‘Royal’ babies anyone?”
    That’s a bit odd Paul. The country’s facing problems, so the Prime Minister asks one of the Royal couples to try for a baby??!

    Anyway, don’t you regard yourself as a Spanish citizen now Paul?
    Commitment to the country that allowed you in, etc??

  3. Indeed so time to give the poor suffering oppressed Basques their freedom wouldn’t you say Paul? An oppressed group of republican freedom fighters if ever I saw one eh? Shouldn’t we be sending them weapons and training? Is the BRA somehow less deserving than say the IRA might have been?

    Gee this sword appears to cut both ways…..doesn’t it.

    Aren’t the Canary Islands also just like Gib? Part of Spain but Former colonies that enjoy a tax free status sounds exactly the same to me. Any Canary Island Freedom fighters we can heavily arm overnight? How about Ceuta that little bit of Africa illegaly occupied by the spanish? Why won’t they relinquish their colonies? Where’s the Ceutan Nelson Mandela then?

    Seems to me that Matthew 7 5 applies here. Spain…Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

  4. ” Seems to me that Matthew 7 5 applies here. Spain…Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    Oi!
    That’s my territory..

    😉

  5. So the Prime Minister asks one of the Royal couples to try for a baby??!

    I didn’t say that I said that such illussions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes.

    Anyway, don’t you regard yourself as a Spanish citizen now Paul?
    Commitment to the country that allowed you in, etc??

    Agi, where do you get these ridiculous notions from? Sometimes I think that you let your imagination interfere with reality.

    Indeed so time to give the poor suffering oppressed Basques their freedom wouldn’t you say Paul? An oppressed group of republican freedom fighters if ever I saw one eh?

    DIG you really shouldn’t speak about things that you have minimal or no knowlege. As for Spain’s colonies, of course they should relinquish them.

  6. Paul

    Such illussions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes. ‘Royal’ babies anyone?

    Couldn’t have put it better myself Paul.

  7. ” Agi, where do you get these ridiculous notions from? Sometimes I think that you let your imagination interfere with reality. ”

    So it’s a flag of convenience or are you saying that the only reason you are in Spain is because your missus wanted to go back? I don’t know many men who would let their wives dictate where they’re going to live..
    I take my hat off to you sir.

    Also,
    Which Paul was it who said,
    ” Such illussions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes. ‘Royal’ babies anyone?”

    What was the point of saying that?

  8. Agi, let me explain this to you AGAIN

    I wasn’t run out of Belfast where ‘there was no place for me’

    Spain didn’t ‘take me in’

    I’m not a Spanish citizen

    The main reason I came was here because my wife wanted to come home

    So please forget all the amatuer psychology stuff and come into the real world.

    What was the point of saying that?

    The point of saying that was to explain how existing situations like Gib, The Falklands / Malvinas or indeed ‘Royal’ babies are engineered by Governments to deflect from the negative aspects of what’s happening in a country. The Romans called it panem et circenses.

    I don’t know many men who would let their wives dictate where they’re going to live..

    Perhaps you don’t know the right type of men?

  9. ” The point of saying that was to explain how existing situations like Gib, The Falklands / Malvinas or indeed ‘Royal’ babies are engineered by Governments to deflect from the negative aspects of what’s happening in a country. The Romans called it panem et circenses.”

    So why have a problem with me saying that Prime Ministers ask Royal couples to try for a baby?
    That was supposed to be half humorous on my part.

    Your wife wanted to come home, but you are a passionate Republican who argues/discusses every jot and tittle of Northern Irish events…

  10. ” Agreeing with a wish is not surrendering to a ” dictate.”
    I tried explaining that to my wife
    once…

  11. Your wife wanted to come home, but you are a passionate Republican who argues/discusses every jot and tittle of Northern Irish events…

    So? Where’s the inconsistency with living here and discussing a situation which had a massive effect on mine and tens of thousands of others lives?

    So why have a problem with me saying that Prime Ministers ask Royal couples to try for a baby?

    Because I didn’t say that. Your comment above implied that that was the reasoning behind my initial comment.

    That was supposed to be half humorous on my part

    Yeah? you seem to be fond of amatuer psychology perhaps you’re familiar with the concept of passive agression?

  12. I don’t think the Spanish government is engineering any situation in Gibraltar to deliberately deflect from economic woes, and similarly the British govt. is not geenerating the hoopla surrounding the Royal birth either.

  13. Yep,
    I most certainly have.

    ” So why have a problem with me saying that Prime Ministers ask Royal couples to try for a baby?

    Because I didn’t say that. Your comment above implied that that was the reasoning behind my initial comment.

    YOU brought up Royal babies, presumably as an illustration of
    “Such illussions are common in distracting the grat unwashed from a country’s woes. ‘Royal’ babies anyone?”
    I was trying to point out that if that was the point of your comment, it just wouldn’t work because not even a politician can arrange a royal birth as a distraction.

  14. I was trying to point out that if that was the point of your comment, it just wouldn’t work because not even a politician can arrange a royal birth as a distraction.

    And I explained:

    The point of saying that was to explain how existing situations like Gib, The Falklands / Malvinas or indeed ‘Royal’ babies are engineered by Governments to deflect from the negative aspects of what’s happening in a country.

    Note the use of the phrase existing situations?

    Although with hind sight it was probably clumsily worded. It should have read:

    Can be
    engineered by Governments

  15. not even a politician can arrange a royal birth as a distraction…

    I think Bill Clinton probably could have 😉

  16. There are many marriages now with people from completely different parts of the world.

    A good friend is from Boston, and is married to a woman from France.

    After living in NYC for years, which they both loved, they moved to London a few years ago, largely to be nearer to her mother in Strasbourg.

    No dictates issued or surrendered to. A natural negotiation if even that, and a superb new adventure for both.

  17. Even friends have disagreements regarding borders. The best solution would be to make efforts to tone down the issues rather than escalate.

  18. ” The point of saying that was to explain how existing situations like Gib, The Falklands / Malvinas or indeed ‘Royal’ babies are engineered by Governments to deflect from the negative aspects of what’s happening in a country. ”

    And I am saying that you should have said, “existing situations like Gib, The Falklands / Malvinas or indeed ‘Royal’ babies are engineered used by Governments to deflect…”

    It was very clumsily worded.
    😉

  19. Can be engineered, used, exploited etc.

    All adjectives which while not being synonoms can have a similar meaning.

  20. “All adjectives which while not being synonoms can have a similar meaning.”

    Ain’t no such a thing as a synonom either..

    You aren’t related to Stanley Unwin by any chance?
    😉

  21. There is no Falklands / Malvinas

    The people who live there call them the Falklands and the others have no say in what they’re called.

  22. Bernard, on July 29th, 2013 at 8:25 PM Said:
    I went to Gibraltar once.

    Colm, on July 29th, 2013 at 8:55 PM Said:
    I’m sure that made Gibraltar’s day

    It’s called ‘Bernard’s Day’, apparently 🙂

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