What a carry on!
|The Armando LaGrande column
Even before the fishing meeting took place on Friday, the Spanish interior minister was saying that if the talks did not succeed, the Guardia Civil would carry on protecting their fishing boats. What a carry on!
Spanish para-military, armed Guardia Civil protecting Spanish boats in British territorial waters. Can anything be more bizarre?
But there you are. And in the Spanish fishing circles they were saying that what they wanted was a return to the 1999 agreement, and that was that.
It's a crazy world. 'Friend' Margallo, that's the cocky Spanish foreign minister, thinks it is fine for him to break the trilateral forum, even though that was an agreement at government level.
But he does not think that Gibraltar can break the 1999 deal with the fishermen! The Spaniards keep referring to this deal having allowed them to fish here, there and everywhere for quite a number of years. That's right, but that is only because the Gibraltar government that struck it was there for that long. Had they lasted a year, the deal would have lasted a year also.
That is because the new Government has found the deal to be illegal, and has lost no time in doing something about it.
Keep going green
Talking about the new government reminds me that they have already planted over 100 trees. Now, then, that's quite a number of trees!
It is to be hoped that they will keep on planting because greenery has so many plus-points.
Their policy must be not only to plant, but not to uproot what is already there.
I am not saying that they are uprooting anything, but they must not do so.
There is no point in planting while pouring concrete on what is already green.
No more 'Gran Debate'
I hope the Chief Minister was given a video of the 'Gran Debate' programme on Spanish TV, the second round I mean, where he was called every name under the Spanish sun.
Let's face it, it is the kind of debating programme not meant for serious people, like a Chief Minister should be.
They are just after making it controversial - and anything goes.
Of course he was not there on the second occasion, but participated in round one.
Now you see them, then you don't
Now you see them, then you don't. Well, well, we were all enduring those 3-hour queues to cross the Spanish frontier when, suddenly, there was no queue. And that's how it has carried on...so far!
But it is amazing that they can go from one thing to another, obviously motivated by political expediency, because if the traffic is similar every day, how can queues fluctuate the way they have been!
In fact, there were people who could not believe there was no queue at all and went round there to witness the miracle.
Strange but true!