No one could be blamed for viewing our future prospects with a
somewhat suspicious eye.
When the new British Ambassador to Madrid opens his mouth to say
that the visit of the Spanish Foreign minster to Gibraltar was not a
backward step for Spain's sovereignty claim - amazing is it not?
While delivering this gratuitous insult to the Gibraltarians perhaps
we should ask the Ambassador. What does he mean by all this which
has shocked and angered many patriotic Gibraltarians.
I have a nasty suspicion that he seems to be nodding his head in
agreement with the strategy of the Spanish Foreign minister to
advance in the sovereignty claim over Gibraltar.
Certainly his expression was a classic example of the British
misplaced sympathy that brings to my mind that it was a combination
of British tourism and Arms that had maintained Franco in power and
consequently denied the Spanish people democracy and in turn
subjected Gibraltar and its people to cruel restrictions was worse
than the Soviets with their Berlin wall - and which we are still
As for his other comment that the British Government have a very
strong commitment with the Gibraltarians that it will not enter into
negotiations with Spain over Gibraltar sovereignty without their
consent - is a lot of nonsense.
When an objective appraisal of events that led to the British
Government making an underhand deal with Spain to share Gibraltar's
sovereignty produces scant evidence of the British Government ever
having a very strong commitment when the Preamble to Gibraltar's
constitution was trampled by the British.
The Committee of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
wishes to inform the general public of the winners of the Government
Christmas Lottery Raffle held this past Tuesday 17th November 2009
in conjunction with Draw No 23 of the Gibraltar Government Lottery.
The 1st prize of 50 Full Government Christmas Lottery Tickets went
to Mrs Eloisa Wimbleton of 70 Edinburgh House, with Ticket No 19200.
The 2nd prize of 30 Full Government Christmas Lottery Tickets went
to Mrs Emily Borg of 7A Hargraves Ramp, with Ticket No 19173
The 3rd prize of 20 Full Government Christmas Lottery Tickets went
to Mr Agusto Galliano of 10 Pimlico Close, Montagu Crescent, with
winning Ticket No 02856.
The Committee again wishes to thank Charles G Trico Printers for
sponsoring the Raffle Tickets, the management of Peralta’s
Supermarket, The ICC and Morrisons for allowing our members to sell
tickets at their establishments and specially Ms Victoria Martinez
and staff at Maxstead Holdings Ltd (Trico Lottery) for their
continued and welcomed support in assisting in the sale of the
The Committee would also like to thank all other persons, to
numerous to mention by name who assisted with the sale of the raffle
tickets and the general public for their continued and loyal support
towards the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
I would like to refer to a comment made by Mr Tito Valerga in a
letter letter which was
published in Panorama on Wednesday the 18th November 2009, to the
effect that the Chairman of the Gibraltar Police Authority is in
receipt of some sort of remuneration for the performance of his
For the record I would like to clarify that the Chairman of the
Gibraltar Police Authority is not in receipt of a salary or any
other form of remuneration whatsoever including allowances of any
kind. The Chairman and all the members of the Authority are non-paid
volunteers who carry out their duties in their own spare time.
With regard to his comment on the Police Complaints Board Mr Valerga
should note that the Board publishes its own Annual Report. The 2008
report is available online at
www.gpa.gi and the
statistics which he seeks are contained in that report. A printed
copy of the report can be obtained at our offices. The report for
2009 will be published in January 2010.
E A Guerrero
Gibraltar Police Authority
I refer to your artice on plastic bags and the 'flaw' with the
eco-friendly, lifelong bags.
I simply do not take them on my visits to Morrison's. The reason?
Simple. At the beginning of the scheme, I bought a couple of these
bags. On my next visit to the store I left these bags in the car.
When I reached the checkout, I duly paid and placed all my groceries
inside the cart, obviously with no bags. Ten metres down the line
when I was making my way out of the store, a security guard
challenged me to produce a receipt for all my goods.
Thankfully, I did not dispose of the receipt as is normal with me. I
felt like a criminal with the inquest I went through. Since then,
not only do I keep my visits to this store to a bare minimal, but
when I do, I do not carry these eco friendly bags as they are just
People who never retire
Gibraltar must be the only place I know where many people never
retire. Quite often we hear that a person who has retired from a
highly paid job and who is in receipt of his pension and a huge lump
sum often succeeds in scoring another highly paid and responsible
I feel this is wrong in a small community like Gibraltar as there
are many young University kids who come back to Gibraltar with a
respectable Degree and cannot find suitable employment. Quite often
these talented kids end up doing all sorts of menial and clerical
jobs that provides little job satisfaction and a small salary which
makes them feel belittled by a society that they consider
closed-shop for them. Many end up leaving Gibraltar and finding
I would like to mention just a couple of examples as in one letter
it is impossible to do much more.
For a start, we have the Chairperson of The Gibraltar Bus company
who retired from the Royal Gibraltar Police Force only to land a
very well-paid job in a Government created company.
Then we have the Chairperson of The Gibraltar Police Authority, a
retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and who
is the only person who receives any remuneration apart from his
secretary. All the other members of this institution work on a
Now, as I see it, this latter authority was instituted so that they
could monitor and criticise the Royal Gibraltar Police Force and yet
in their 'Annual Report' 2008/2009 they spend more time praising the
work of the police than anything else.
To make matters worse, this report only says in page 12 'The
Independent Complaints Board plays an important role in securing
public confidence in the RGP.
I ask, 'How is this possible when the report does not mention or
give any statistics on the number of complaints received during the
period covered by this report?'
Doesn't anybody want to know? Shouldn't the public be entitled to
know how many complaints have been received against the police?
After all, Mr. Henry Pinna, who is the Chairperson of this Board
said once on GBC. T.V. that if this Complaints Board was not totally
independent he would not be in it.
How are we, members of the public, be able to gauge whether this
complaints board is truly independent or not when no details,
statistics or facts are published about it's whole operation during
one whole year?
My experience of the above board is not very good and I will briefly
mention what I feel.
First of all, their office is located at No. 1, Casemates and one
has to climb three flights of very dirty stairs. Secondly, the door
of this office is always closed. This does not make it user-friendly
and can be a put-off for many people wanting to make a complaint.
Thirdly, when the secretary opens the door she usually cannot attend
the person and of course, her learned and conditioned excuse is that
they are having a meeting, so the person is asked to come back later
or the next day. Quite often people give up.
In my case, I just went for the Annual Report, and she replied that
she did not know anything about it, so I had to explain that I had
heard through GBC T.V. that the report was already available for
members of the public to come and fetch a copy.
I believe that they have the perfect formula to fob members of the
a. a permanently closed front door,
b. three flights of
dirty steps to climb,
c. daily meetings at critical times,
secretary that does not even know that the annual report has been
published and is available and probably stacks of it sitting in
front of her eyes, e.
a Chairperson who gets paid to criticise and
monitor the police and spends his time saying that they are doing
'sterling' work (This is his favourite word), and
f. a Police
Complaints Board that does not even publish it's findings). I leave
it to members of the public to make up their own mind about the
above and to relate their experiences like I have done.
This is what counts
I refer to the letter by Julio Pons published in your paper today.
I cannot understand Julio’s dismay at my letter, perhaps it is
because tenants at Laguna Estate approach the Opposition with their
complaints instead of approaching him.
Some feel his judgement on matters related to the estate is blurred
by the staunch support he and his family demonstrate towards the GSD
for reasons better known to himself.
As to his vivid recollection of events that are supposed to have
occurred between 1988 and 1996, it is quite extraordinary that he
alone, it appears, should have specific records of things that have
happened fifteen or twenty years ago. We will certainly check all
these facts when we get back into Government and give him a reasoned
What he cannot ignore is that the GSLP inherited a housing waiting
list of over 2000 and left some 400 in the list when it left office.
That is putting the welfare of citizens first.
None of what Julio raises has anything to do with the complaints of
the long time it has taken the Government to start repairs on the
roof of Maidstone House, so it is perhaps Julio that is misleading
the public with smokescreens. He seems to have learnt well the
tactics of the GSD and the Government. In order to put things into
perspective, I would like to remind readers that all this is the
result of Charles Bruzon raising publicly complaints brought to him
by tenants of Maidstone House over the repairs to the roof of the
block. This resulted in a personal attack on him by Housing
Minister, Fabian Vinet, which was later supported by Julio Pons. We
are glad to point out that after the scaffolding has been up for one
year, at long last the roof is being repaired. That is what counts
and this is why we raised the issue publicly!
Juan Carlos Perez,
Dignity at work
This year, as in previous years, Dignity at Work Now continues its
campaign in creating awareness about bullying in the workplace. We
invite everyone to support our flag day this Friday 20th November.
We want to remind employers that allowing the presence of bullying,
by commission or omission is bad for business and we advice and
indeed encourage them to consider an anti-bullying policy. We are
happy to providing a sample policy for consideration.
For, like in any other relationship, conflict through bullying will
rear its ugly head and not having a policy to deal with this type of
issues only makes matter much worse for employers and employees.
Usually more so for the individual employee that may end up reaping
the negative consequences of this type of abuse.
In Gibraltar 1 in 3 are suffering the consequences of bullying at
work today. This represents 31.8% of employees or well over 5000
(five thousands) individuals falling victims or being targets of
workplace bullying and suffering mental health alteration and
deterioration of their general wellbeing (Vielma and Buttigieg,
Dignity at Work Now gets increasing calls for help and advice,
mostly from individuals that may not know what to do when confronted
with this type of hideous behaviour.
They fail to understand why anyone would act maliciously and often
with intent in seeing them out of a job.
We call on and remind government that it is imperative to see that a
save working system is implemented by every employer so that
employees rights to a safe place of work free from harassment and or
bullying is indeed a reality. Sadly, this is not the case in
Gibraltar today. In fact, there is nothing in law to protect
employees from bullying behaviour and this is in our view is
something which is pending for our legislators.
We also call on the Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation
of Small Businesses to consider advising and encouraging their
members to think of an anti-bullying policy so as to promote ‘best
practice’ among the local business family. Promoting dignity and
psychological wellbeing at work signifies looking after the best
interests of their employees and consequently their own businesses.
Francis P. Buttigieg
For and on behalf of DAWN
Light a candle mass
On Saturday 28th November at 4pm is our 'Light a Candle Mass' at the
Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned: in celebration of those who have
survived cancer and in rememberance of those who have not.
The congregation will join a procession around the Cathedral and
place their lit candles on the Altar. Monsignor Charlie Azzopardi
will be officiating, Chris Cortes and Tim Garcia will be singing,
breast cancer survivors will be doing the readings and the
Afterwards, join us at the Casino Calpe for tea, mulled wine and
We hope you can join us.
Committee Breast Cancer Support Gibraltar
Spain surrendered Gibraltar, first under
Utrecht, then under Versailles
Open letter to anyone out there who can analyse and translate in
clear cut terms the following piece of jargon produced in 2008 by
the Gibraltar Office of the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
Quote, ‘ La Isla de Menorca aunque perdida por los inglses por el
Tratado de Versailles de 1783, solo se recupero definitivamente por
Espana mediante el Tratado de Amiens (1802).'
What follows is the text correcting the above statement from none
other than Sr Miguel Angel Moratinos: Esto es incierto, La Isla de
Menorca fue parte de los extensos territories que Espana recibio a
cambio de la cession en perpetuidad de Gibraltar.
Therefore Gibraltar has been surrendered in perpetuity twice, first
under Utrecht 1713 and secondly Versailles 1783 which proves why
Spain steers clear of any Court of Law but still prepared to flog
the dead horse scenario. The immoral and illegal aspects of it all
being that they want our land but are not prepared to return what
their own Foreign Minister admits were received in exchange for
Gibraltar. Please let us be friends but not ‘primos’ and less
hugging and more plain talking.