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Right Royal Visit

The Voice of Gibraltar Group condemns the interference in our internal matters resulting from the complaint over the forthcoming visit of The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Although the UK media reports this as being over ‘the disputed territory of Gibraltar’ we ask the question where does this ‘dispute’ really exist? Have Spain taken their claim to the territory to the European Court? No, because they lack the courage as well as any basis for a claim.

Gibraltar was conquered, always the basis of a good title, by the British in 1704. In 1713 the Spanish King signed a treaty handing it to the British Crown in perpetuity and binding his heirs and successors to honour that agreement.

The only issue outstanding is that Gibraltar remains on the UN list of non-self-governing territories, because Spain continues to obstruct its delisting.

Gibraltar today is manifestly self-governing, and its time the UK press dropped the derogatory title ‘colony’ from their pages and articles. Britain does not have colonies any more, and even if it did, we are not one of them.

Santiago Cabanas Ansorena, the Spanish Foreign Policy director, needs to wake up and realise that Gibraltar will never be Spanish and that he is wasting his time whinging about what happens here. He should instead look towards Argentina where Spanish companies and assets are being ripped off by ‘his friends’ instead of Gibraltar where we provide jobs and a livelihood to Spaniards who can find neither in their homeland.

This year we celebrate OUR Queens Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years of the her reign. For much of that time, Spain was a dictatorship and it is only of late that they have brought their royal family out of mothballs. Given the current severe economic crisis in Spain it seems they are cutting back on funding their royals and Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and consort to the Infanta Cristina, youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, is at the centre of an investigation into the embezzlement of public funds.

But these are their internal affairs, and like what happens in Gibraltar, nobody else’s concern.

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