Monday, 5 August 2013

Gibraltar: The sign of an economy close to collapse

The more Spain ramps-up measures to blockade Gibraltar, the more you can be sure that the crippled Spanish economy is closer to another existential crisis. The play-acting and sabre-rattling by the desperate Spanish government is just empty puff and display behaviour. You have to remember that this is a nation whose national sport is goading a large, powerful animal and then running away.

Meanwhile I shall indulge my favourite Spanish treat for a Sunday afternoon in the garden; a well-chilled 50cl bottle of La Gitana. Not only should we keep Gibraltar, but if we bail-out this stricken little country again, we should certainly make a bid for Sanlucar de Barrameda. 

11 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

When it comes to Gibraltar, Spain behaves no differently to Argentina over The Falklands

They are both failing economies and excitable Latin countries, with far too much undeserved pride - and a grievance which they use to deflect public opinion away from what should REALLY be bothering them.

Hague should tell them to STFU or we'll withdraw support for their tottering economy completely and let them fall.

Anonymous said...

We've been bailing them out [East Iberia], ever since they latched onto the CFP and CAP whence they cottoned that the North of Europe would also build new railways and motorways for nothing too.

Easy money, gracias amigos!

Tell you what Daigo, when you hand over Cueta.........but then that day will never happen - will it?

The Eastern Iberian claims to Gib' are a tad hypercritical doncha think?

Since 1995, Ceuta is, along with Melilla, one of the two autonomous cities of Spain. The government of Morocco has repeatedly called for Spain to transfer the sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, along with uninhabited islets such as the islands of Alhucemas, Velez and the Perejil island, drawing comparisons with Spain's territorial claim to Gibraltar. In both cases, the national governments and local populations of the disputed territories reject these claims by a large majority

Anonymous said...

Sanlucar de Barrameda? Why stop there? By this time next year we could buy the whole of Spain on the UK credit card.

And has been said on here before "the ghost of old Franco is never far away". The everyday Spaniard needs to really start worrying over this now familiar expression because it's connotations for the everyday Spaniard are dire!

Countries that are going down the pan, frequently lash out at other countries that are faring much better (like ours!) in order to whip up some nationaistic fervour and when this fails to work, the state anger almost always turns inwards on it's own people...

Coney Island

G. Tingey said...

In the meantime, it is to be hoped that, just in case, a few special troops are being quietly deployed.
And one of out three remaining warships sent down there....

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Hmm, I suspect that when push comes to shove, Dave will hand over Gibraltar (or agree to some fudge that means the same thing) in the cause of being seen as a good loyal "colleague".

Anyone betting against?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we could extort £50 out of every Spaniard who comes to London. Alternatively, what about a £200 holiday surcharge on chavs going on holiday to Spain - which might make some of their economy collapse as well as raising some jolly nice wonga.

Anonymous said...

Probably "Dave" will hand the rock over, but it will be an all-party thing (excluding Nigels boy-scouts, who cannot agree on anything).
There'll be a lot of money relocated to other countries, and vast amounts of companies moving office (well, changing international std)....
But I suspect that Spain wants a convenient shouting fight, if it was serious they could just walk in and take it back. No Uk government is going to start a fight with its "friends"....and Spain taking Gib back, either by force of gift, would show us exactly how useless the European "community" is....that's if the print media even cover the event....

Span Ows said...

I wonder what Rajoy's owner/boss Merkel will say?

cuffleyburgers said...

I agree with weekend yachtsman, bliar was on the brink of doing it, and the heir to blair will be only to glad to as part of his pathetic fucking imaginary renegotiation, god I loath these fuckers more than I can describe.

Budgie said...

Weekend Yachtsman and Cuffleyburgers - agreed

G. Tingey said...

I keep on saying, maybe someone will notice ...
Every PM since 1979 has been a traitor.
The last one who did the right thing was Jim Calor-Gas ...
He sent hunter-killer subs to the S Atlantic & then quietly told the Argies: "Don't even think about it ..."
The Madwoman from Grantham promptly announced defence cuts .....
And everyone since has done the same.