Caruana's Govt 'an anachronism'
Equality Rights group GGR welcomes the passing of new Spanish
legislation which allows for gay and lesbian people to marry. Whilst
GGR is not so insistent on the actual word “marriage”, we are no
less so with regards to the need for Gibraltar to give full equality
to Gibraltarians of diverse sexuality in all the fields that matter
in citizenship. There can be no justice while discrimination
continues to be enshrined in our laws and politics and GGR will
continue to highlight this fact.
Mr Caruana’s evident insistence on doing absolutely nothing to
advance the rights of sexual minorities puts him in a position
similar to that of Spanish ex-President Aznar, who himself held
exactly the same view: that is, say nothing, do nothing. This tactic
aims to hold back progress in this area but all it achieves is to
undermine the social and political credibility of the Government and
its Party. Members of the GSD should realise this is the case from
the fact that, as an NGO, GGR has, after almost 5 years of patience,
been forced into open confrontation and opposition with this present
Government, a position we will continue to develop in the run-up to
the next Elections. We therefore sincerely look forward to the day
when the anachronism of Government by Mr Caruana is replaced by a
Gibraltar Government that finally listens to people and is less
ruled by Chief Ministerial dogmas than by a sense of social justice!
Pool Presentation & Finals Night
The Gibraltar Pool Association will be holding its presentation and
finals night at the Cormorant Boat Owner's Club this evening
This year's winners were:
Division 1 Winners : Cantina Owls
Division 1 Runners-Up : Duck & Firkin
Division 2 Winners : Red Devils
Division 2 Runners-Up : Catalan Bay
Division 2 Play-Off Winners : St Theresa's
Division 3 Winners : FEC Stars
Division 3 Runners-Up : Red Beavers
Division 3 Play-Off Winners : Astoria
Men's Ranking Winner : Julian McGrail
Ladies' Ranking Winner : Val Trotter
Best player (Men's Team) : Kevin Dalli
Best player (Ladies' Team) : Louise Galliano
The Gibraltar Doubles Final and Singles Final and will be played as
Doubles (starting at 7.00pm) Sean Galligan & Les Moore vs Nick
O'Hanlon & Craig Finch. Singles Final (starting at 8.00pm) Roger
Morello vs Nick O'Hanlon . All GPA members are invited to attend the
end of season presentation night, good food and music will be
Not a single brick in ten years
I saw the interview with Mr Caruana on GBC's Viewpoint, and seeing
as I was unable to ask him any questions I would like to express the
following. Perhaps Mr Caruana may even take the time to reply.
Housing is a fundamental social and moral right, yet Government has
not placed a single brick for the benefit of local housing in the
last 10 years.
With Rosia Court we have been waiting for the tender results since
29th March 2005. On the other hand, some Upper Town properties have
a problem in that mortgages are not available for them due to the
decrepit state that they are in.
With the Sands, government assured us that these would be in the
public domain by Feb 05, yet again, to date we have nothing. There
will be some 550 flats at the Sands 150 of which will be for the
elderly, so 400 will be for first time buyers. Between the housing
waiting list and the pre housing waiting list there are some 2,000
people, this means that we need five housing projects equivalent to
the sands merely to fulfil our current housing needs.
Between the dire housing situation and the rising costs of services
such as electricity & water young people are being forced to live in
Spain, something that is outrageous and disgraceful.
Previously Government has stated that they had been delayed in
building new houses because they had more important issues to attend
to, I ask you what more important issues does the minister for
housing have, other than housing?
On Viewpoint I was shocked to hear the Chief Minister state that
they had delayed the construction of new houses to benefit existing
homeowners in allowing the value of their properties to increase. I
am appalled and offended that young married couples (and others)
have nowhere to live merely so that people who purchased flats for
£40,000 (and less) can now sell these for £180,000 (or more), this
is an insult and scandalous.
Mr Caruana also stated that much money had been spent on the
refurbishment of government housing and lift installations. Seeing
as I have not been afforded my right as a Gibraltarian to having a
house for the benefit of profits for Gib V and Westside residents,
as well as lifts for government tenants, I ask Mr Caruana for an
undertaking that if my wife and I take up sleeping in one of these
brand new lifts we will not be arrested for squatting! Not much of
an ambition or privacy, but at least a place of our own, one for
which we have had to endure much sacrifice simply for the benefit of
Mr Caruana we hear many promises but we see nothing. What is
government's plan and how do they intend to repair the damage they
have caused and build some 2,000 flats within a somehow tolerable
period of time, ironically to alleviate a problem that has been
intolerable for the last 8 years.
Leslie M P Bruzon
The mass demonstration organised by the Unions, must be fully
supported by all sectors of Gibraltar, as it affects not only jobs
and conditions of MOD workers, but also has a social and economic
We must all fight together to reverse the MOD contractorisation
TGWU/ACTS and Prospect shop stewards are actively involved in the
collection of signatures for the petition that will be handed to the
Governor at the Convent by the Unions on Wednesday 29th June at the
end of the demonstration. The petition will indicate our objection
to the MOD's bulldozing of their contractorisation plans, which will
result in nearly 300 loyal employees of the British Crown, being
turned into cheap labour and the loss of their hard won rights,
arising from the Parity Agreement with the MOD. This unequivocal
message will be sent to the British Government and will leave no
doubt about the Gibraltar position, regarding the Privatisation
Further, the Unions are not only fighting this battle locally, the
TGWU/ACTS and Prospect in UK are also fully supporting. This was
made clear last week when the District Officer Luis Montiel and the
Branch Officer Charles Sisarello, attended a meeting with the
TGWU/ACTS Deputy General Secretary Bro. Jack Dromey and National
Officer Peter Allenson.
We must also state that this demonstration has no linkage whatsoever
with the legal case now in motion. The judge must be free from any
pressure when he arrives at a decision. The independence of the
legal system must be maintained at all times.
Finally, we once again call for the support of everyone for the mass
demonstration and the petition.
The Reform Party notes "with cynicism" the news of the location of
the next round of talks under the Trilateral Dialogue Forum. The
talks in July are to be hosted by Gibraltar, whose turn it is.
However, bexause of objections from Spain the discussions can not
actually be held here. Our Government has therefore felt obliged to
make arrangements for this round to be held in Faro, Portugal.
This is a humiliation for Gibraltar. Not only that, but it exposes
quite clearly the true lack of goodwill by the Spanish Government.
In reality, they obviously care nothing about the high-flown
principles they claimed when entering the talks process in the first
I refer to the Hon S Linares letter appearing in your edition on 23
June 2005. Whatever form he may be referring to I can reassure him
that it is not an official form. I can only re-iterate what I have
already said, which is that Charities do not have to pay anything to
set up stalls of any type.
If the Hon S Linares still does not accept what I am saying as the
official responsible for the Fair, I am afraid I simply cannot do
anything else except state that events will speak for themselves.