Princess Anne visits Gib – Spain sulks

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. A former Crown Colony.

Ceded to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht.

The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the Crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.

That seems clear enough. But apparently not. Spain made a few attempts to reconquer Gibraltar and failed. Franco kicked up a fuss in the 60s – leading to the closure of the land border with Spain – and Spanish governments have since continued the Spanish claim to sovereignty over Gibraltar.

Spain claims lots of infringements of the treaty, which seems to mean that Gibraltar should therefore just become some pimple on the end of Andalucia. And what do the people of Gibraltar think?

Well, surprisingly they are happy to continue with their links with the UK. The referendums provide the proof of this.

Even though the MOD has reduced its presence to virtually absolutamente nada compared with the past, there are still a few decent perks with being linked with the UK.

Cancer problems? Off to The Royal Marsden. Eye problems? Off to Moorfields. No charter plane around? No problem – off on a Hercules jet.

Education? UK universities of course.

I may be a historian but I do not support colonialism and will be the first to say the UK has been abusive, vicious and totally oppressive in its colonialism around the world.

But these days, these discussions are not about colonialism. They are about self-determination. And the people of Gibraltar are Gibraltarian and have chosen to retain political and historical links to the UK.

So why is Spain whingeing and whining about the Princess Royal (ie Princess Anne) visiting Gibraltar next month? It seems Spain considers this is an inopportune and provocative visit.

Really? So the Princess Royal is visiting Gib to inaugurate a medical centre named after her. Shit. That is amazingly controversial.

Given how near Gib is to the UK how many royal visits have there been over the years? Not that many. The Queen visited in 1954. And hasn’t been back unless I’ve failed miserably on the internet search (always possible).

I’m not a royalist either. But I do object to Spain bleating on about Gibraltar running its own business and who turns up and who doesn’t.

Quite frankly, Spain, it is none of your business.

Maybe you should consider a few domestic issues. Maybe you should consider your shit town planning that involves endless urbanisations. Maybe you should consider unemployment that has left my neighbour in Spain out of work for three years, and half the village without work right now. Rather than sticking your nose into Gib.

And maybe, when you consider ceding Ceuta and Melilla – your claim to Gib would sound slightly less hypocritical.

You were fast enough to defend Perejil when the Moroccans took it.

Forget Gib. It isn’t yours to claim.

And here is an excellent perspective seen on A Gibo’s Tale blog. Whereas I am a Brit living in Gib, he is the reverse, a Gibraltarian living in the UK.

About roughseasinthemed

I write about my life as an English person living in Spain and Gibraltar, on Roughseas, subjects range from politics and current developments in Gib to book reviews, cooking and getting on with life. My views and thoughts on a variety of topics - depending on my mood of the day - can be found over on Clouds. A few pix are over on Everypic - although it is not a photoblog. And of course my dog had his own blog, but most of you knew that anyway. Pippadogblog etc
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5 Responses to Princess Anne visits Gib – Spain sulks

  1. Cybernest says:

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  2. Cybernest says:

    Excellent post… thanks for your interest and support… and your linkback to my post!From our (Gibraltarian) perspective… here’s the all important thing:Gibraltar belongs to the People of Gibraltar. It is neither Spain’s to claim nor Britain’s to give away!Thanks again!Saludos!


  3. Anonymous says:

    I am commented out, going to walk the dog and have a good think about this one.J xDog Walker


  4. Eddie says:

    3 ( or was it 4?) years ago I marched the length of Main Street, Gibraltar as part of the REA ( Geriatric , well nourished, ex Squaddies!) contingent to celebrate the Freedom Weekend. We were cheered every step of the way by a multitudinous, eclectic ,mixture of all races and creeds Arabs, Jews, Christians, red faced Brits and pale Celts! I felt as proud as Punch, firstly as my ‘dicky ticker’ meds. allowed me to participate and secondly, as I got to visit my old mate’s grave at North Front Cemetery

    Gib provided me with my first wife (originally from La Linea), a daughter and now a granddaughter Long may it continue to preserve its independence from Spain and loyalty to the British Crown.


    • Maybe you were in the group of my original photographs over on itchyfeet (now imported to here) of the REs.

      It’s always great when people are prepared to come back and support Gibraltar’s British preference, and equally when local residents can display their support.

      We are really hoping the new Gib government continues with a firm line. And all our local residents continue to support independence and the British links.


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