Mass riots and chaos on the streets of Madrid yesterday can mean only one thing - that a Spanish government desperate to deflect public attention from mass unemployment, poverty and hunger in Spain will make another determined attempt to recover Gibraltar from the UK.
This time, Cameron has immeasurably weakened the UK's negotiating position with his myopic support of the self-appointed new Ukrainian 'government' in Kiev. The position of Gibraltar is not unlike the Crimea in that its British speaking population is determined to remain separate from the Spanish speaking majority in the mainland, and in its links to the UK rather than to Spain over several hundred years. Like the Crimea, it has restricted referenda on its future to its own residents - something Cameron has condemned as 'illegal'. Cameron's condemnation of Russian assistance to the Crimean people also places in doubt his support of the Royal Navy's presence in support of the people of Gibraltar, where, like the Crimea, there is a substantial strategic naval base.
Cameron has never been known for cerebral acuity, but this time his short-sightedness may achieve in the Tories' one brief period of government 2010 - 2015 the loss of Gibraltar to Spain after 310 years.