Carracao living in the
A very interesting interview, the one carried out by Mr Eade with Sr
Carracao, who appears to be one of the few who wishes good relations
In the first instance Sr Carracao considers that our hard fought
preamble is a shame, for whom, if he as a so called Spanish democrat
cannot accept that the people of a territory have a say in their
affairs then he is living in the dark ages.
First and foremost the UN Doctrine on colonial peoples gives us the
right to so decide our future and destiny, next if Spain, his
country insist that we are a colony and therefore have to be
decolonized where is the maxim that Gibraltar although listed as a
colony cannot and must not be allowed to decolonise unless it
reverts to Spain.
Sr Carracao please read and re-read the Treaty of Utrecht and then
with your hand on your heart interpret Article ii and honestly state
that Spain is and had complied with its contents, because it states
clearly by Spanish Royal Decree, appended to the said treaty, that
the House of Savoy shall be the lawful heirs and successors to the
Spanish Throne (1713), follow this up with Article vi, the one that
states that His Catholic Majesty does hereby enter into solemn
undertaking that he shall henceforth never commit any act of
hostility against Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain nor any of
Her line who do succeed her.
Now if your thinking is that this does not apply then forget the
rest, mind you there would be a logical and legal thinking and here
goes, since at the time of the Treaty of Versailles 1783, Spain 'en
contraprestacion' accepted the whole of Florida and Minorca for
Gibraltar the I suggest you ask your Government that at the next
Tri-partite meeting all of the above be placed on the table.
Finally and typical of your Country's sheer hypocrisy, rather than
attempt to pretend that your friends of both the Arabs and Jews,
inform both countries that you are still in the 21st century still
claiming a territory under Article x which in his wording, mind you
at Spain's request, that no leave shall be given under any pretence
whatsoever, either to Jews or Moors to reside or have their
dwellings in the said town of Gibraltar.
Your comments to Mr Eade, quote 'shame about the preamble', there
you have the great difference between belonging to a great democracy
and rejecting a pseudo one.
Stop the waste
Gibraltar land of great
talents, proved by our youth in different fields, but when we talk
about culture, especially in music, and I'm not referring to pop,
heavy metal or rock, I am referring to classical music, we have
Gibraltar used to be proud of our orchestra that existed early in
the 50s, 60s and 70s, an orchestra which was composed of over thirty
musicians who where capable of playing opera, violin, piano,
concerts, symphonies etc, but unfortunately through the years this
orchestra has disappeared, and today we have nothing, why?
The reason is that the government does not seem to be concerned,
there are children who are learning instruments with a lot of effort
put in by their tutors.
But, beyond that there is nothing for them, for example. I have
personally been approaching the government for eleven years and have
dealt with the Chief Minister, Bernard Linares, Fabian Vinent and
lastly with Edwin Reyes, all ministers for culture.
Trying to establish a music academy for our children, so that they
would be able not just learn music, but have a place were they could
get together play in Trios, Quartets, to even start a youth
orchestra and raise them up once again to become Gibraltar Symphony
Orchestra, without any this any child learning an instrument will
loose interest and when they reach the age of fourteen and see that
there is nothing for them to continue, or they start on superior
studies they stop learning.
We must have a place were this wasted talent flourish where they
will eat, sleep and live music on a daily basis and develop to be
professionals, but the government does not listen, all I have
received is broken promises, false hopes, smiles, set backs and
impediments without thinking of our youth.
I have tried to start teaching in the schools, have organised
concerts, presented the government with ideas but all in vain.
Jimena de la Frontera has their own youth orchestra, La Linea and
Algeciras and we should hear them play.
The La Linea Youth orchestra has already played in Vienna and Italy,
we give our youth nothing. All this talent wasted, all I have to say
is that if it weren't for the effort of some, our children would not
even be learning music, but that it is not all we need to encourage,
up build them, and also give them a future.
Being a minister is not just appearing in shows, media,, sports,
giving out trophies, diplomas, opening ceremonies, opening
exhibitions and using what's already there for their glory, but
establishing and doing things that will be better for the future of
our community. Its about time that our government starts thinking
more about Gibraltar and our culture once and for all, and fulfil
what they promise, and fulfil the potential there is in Gibraltar
It is indeed very disheartening to find that only a very few of the
thousands of Spanish workers in Gibraltar have deemed it necessary
to show their displeasure at Mr. Sanchez by demonstrating only on a
couple of occasions, once with the Union Unite, and defending the
‘hand’ that feeds them and their families.
It is obvious that our neighbours, through Mr. Sanchez and his PP
colleagues are determined to destroy our economy by stopping
visitors to Gibraltar at present with queues of up to two hours and
by also installing a toll in the near future – it doesn’t take much
to notice that work for this IS going ahead. Perhaps the time has
come for us, the Gibraltarians to act in the same manner and
suspend, without pay, all the Spanish workers in Gibraltar until
such time as conditions improve at the frontier.
I am sure there are plenty of retired and still capable people here
in Gibraltar who would be willing to undertake jobs to man the
cashier’s boxes and serve clients as assistants with the benefit
that we are all bi-lingual! Construction workers could easily be
found from the UK, Morocco or Portugal. We have done it before and
could do it again!
The Voice of Gibraltar makes sense. I, for one, would like Mr.
Sanchez to know that as far as I am concerned he can keep his town,
his supermarkets, shops and restaurants where he can enjoy them best
as I have no intention of spending any of my Euros there nor for
that matter anywhere where I have to pass through ’his’ land unless
it were a matter of life or death, until such time that matters are
I love to have someone explain HOW the Spaniards seem to use the EU
Regulations as best suit themselves – wipe their hands with and
throw away to put it delicately! (And why no one does anything about
it and let them always get away with whatever they want!) I would
also love to be enlightened as to what Madrid does for the
Gibraltarians that the PP complain so much about.
Ana L Armstrong
Ignore the Alcalde
The mayor of La Linea, el Sr Sanchez, wants to dominate Gibraltar by
his name appearing frequently on the headlines of the local press.
We are playing his game. He should be ignored. Recently he said that
he does want a good relationship with Gibraltar. Why? Let him give
La Linea and the Campo area have always depended on Gibraltar for
its economic stability. A very long time ago a Spanish custom
officer friend told me" Leave me that little cow there which yields
a lot of milk". Over the years the cow has grown to full proportions
and is now yielding enormous gallons of milk.
Unemployment in La Linea and the Campo area is at a low ebb and even
those in employment are not being paid. In Gibraltar a few thousand
Spaniards who are in employment are being paid regularly.
Gibraltarians spend a lot of money in Spain which is detrimental to
Gibraltar's businesses. Hundreds of thousands of Euros are spent by
supermarkets on products from Spain and Spanish construction
companies make millions of pounds in Gibraltar. Although Spaniards
spend some money in Gibraltar, it is little in proportion.
Sr Sanchez may insist on a toll at the frontier but this is illegal.
An eye for an eye
I would like to share through your newspaper my personal feelings
regarding the proposed frontier toll.
It seems the mayor of La Linea does not remember what the campo area
was like before the opening of the frontier and is therefore not
able to compare just how much it has improved since then.
In my view it takes a strong government with a Chief Minister such
as Joe Bossano, to react against such an unjustifiable act and to
find a way to protect the interests of Gibraltar. This may be in the
form of an entrance toll for the twelve thousand or so workers
coming in daily.
Our neighbours only appear to understand the old rule of an eye for
Thanking you for your attention,
Reference to an article published in your paper on 23.8.10 "Police
I would like to say thatsomeone once said when a law is enacted it
is written on elastic paper and in this case it is quite true.
J L Soiza
It would be very interesting to know who was the genius architect
that has designed the so-called Latino’s Beach restaurant and
At the same time it would be very helpful to know who in the
Government drawing office had examined the drawings and issued the
pertinent licence to proceed with this unfriendly construction.
As anyone can see by the photographs attached there are no
facilities for wheel chairs, to enter in the restaurant which I
believe, is against the
law, on the other hand there are two sets of steps obstructing the
pavement making it very difficult for wheel chair users, prams and
to pass, forcing them to step down into the road with the added
dangers for the individuals and the traffic alike.
I am sure that many officials have passed this area, but
unfortunately they haven’t noticed the pedestrian problem, so it
will be, very much appreciated
that someone looked into the right direction and gave a solution to
this pavement full of unnecessary obstacles and the access to wheel
chair users as soon as possible.
Should we press for
We went in as a Colony and came out as a Modern One, whatever that
may mean to some, but if we care to trace our history it makes
1704-- Capture of Gibraltar i.e British by Conquest'
1713-- Treaty of Utrecht i.e British Territory by treaty.
1830-- Crown Colony.
1981-- Gibraltar becomes a British Dependent Territory.
2002-- Gibraltar becomes an Oversees Territory.
2006-- We become a Modern Colony.
Therefore in the space of 306 years we have had 5 designations and
at the end of it all we are still listed by the UN as a Colony, how
come that the UK has not thought it fit to advise the
De-Colonisation Committee of our various status because frankly
speaking the penultimate status made us a territory of 'outre mer',
but still with no Westminster representation.
In view of the obvious, would it not now be the time to press for
devolved integration, we have all the characteristics, our own
Parliament just as Scotland and Wales, our own Chief Minister with
similar connotations in the above mentioned and since the FCO still
seem to be playing, erroneously the Spanish Dimension card, well let
us call into play the wording of Article x, quote ' to be held and
enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever.(in perpetuity)
and thus defeat two of Spain's arguments, one that of a colony and
two that we could become independent, in UN jargon integration is
one of their listed solutions.
How about it, are we too scared to attempt the ultimate challenge
and let us stop once and for all the granting, gratuitously of any
talk of a negotiated settlement and go fully for what the 17,900 and
the 12,138 voted or are we going to be held to ransome by the
When in office and when
out of office
Mr. Keith Azzopardi's recent press communiqué "A new Politics for
Gibraltar", included the following : “This includes looking
thoroughly at the way we are governed, to improve it, so that we
have better participation of the citizen, so that we have more
accountability of ministers and the government, so that we have a
better way of influencing the way day to day decisions are taken."
This statement clearly demonstrates what politicians out of office
tell us most of the time and soon forget when in government. They
always offer participation, but, we never get it.
In Gibraltar we have now more than ever an electoral system that
favours political parties, because a culture of party voting was
imbued in our people by the AACR since the early days of our
Only once, since Gibraltar gained virtual autonomy, have we had
anything other than a single political party in government with its
leader holding absolute power and the Opposition unable to do little
more than talk to try and influence policy. On that one occasion, a
coalition Government obtained for us our greatest achievement - the
Preamble to the Constitution, our safeguard against a take-over by
Participatory democracy is the only real democracy and at the
present time we can only participate at election time. We have a
system that provides each voter with ten valid votes to elect a
Government of nine. In a small town with such an imbued culture of
party politics this is an insult to the politically aware elector.
“One Man One Vote” should be the cry of an enlightened electorate to
achieve a measure of participatory democracy. There are a number of
ways in which a “One Man One Vote” could be introduced.
As things stand at the moment a single vote per person would really
show the true value put on each candidate by the electorate. I have
little doubt that certain candidates now in Government would not get
more than a few hundred votes!
Single parties would find it extremely difficult to field the nine
most popularly electable candidates and single party governments
would be virtually impossible to achieve. Laws could only be enacted
by consensus. Dictatorial-like mandates and punitive Draconian laws
would be a thing of the past. There are other electoral methods like
dividing Gibraltar into wards or some type of proportional
representation like the single transferable vote previously used in
Gibraltar, but nothing will be a more effective and incentive spur
on a candidate than a single vote for each elector under the present
system of choice from all standing candidates.
Each candidate would be in the certain knowledge that any
re-election would be subject to his personal achievement first time
round, whereas as things stand now an ignoramus could get elected at
the tail of the string of candidates presented by whichever is the
popular party. I would urge the young people of Gibraltar, not to
shun politics but to take part in the necessary movements to
organize campaigns to change the electoral system in Gibraltar. The
sooner the better. “El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo”,
and I am eighty+.
I was astonished to read Mr Hewitt's article on the budget published
in the Gibraltar Chronicle a week ago. I will not waist any time
discussing what Mr Hewitt said, as most of it did not make much
sense. But what I think is important for any trade unionist is the
fact that until now I thought that due to the decline in union
members in Gibraltar and the UK one of the most important thing for
unions was to recruit new members. Either the leadership of Unite
was not aware of Mr Hewitt's article or there is very little brains
behind the leadership.
I would like to end by asking Mr Sisarello and Mr Ochello the
following question "who on his right mind would want to join your
union, when members of your district committee are so bluntly pro
Mr N Sanchez
Getting it wrong
I am rendered speechless to hear Alejandro Sanchez ideas to
introduce a toll at the frontier no matter what the consequences
Apparently no one wants him in La Linea de la Concepcion and are
asking for his resignation. Here we have Mr. Caruana who is worse
than Alejandro Sanchez, at least he is trying to solve La Linea's
problem, to the contrary of Mr. Caruana who is ruining Gibraltar.
Everything Mr. Caruana is doing goes wrong in Gibraltar; this man
has 80% of the population against him just as Alejandro Sanchez in
La Linea. Not much difference from Mr. Caruana, the sooner Mr.
Caruana is out of government, the better for everybody may be it is
already too late., and now to make things worse, he is trying to
push our young generation to Spain, because he has introduced a new
licence, which states you can't have loud music after eleven
o'clock. The majority of the young Gibraltarians are not finding
jobs in the local market, do we also have to sacrifice our children
for the sake of one mans crazy ideas I am sure that the rest of his
ministers do not agree with him, in the way the chief minister is
Still talking about it
It would appear that the deputy Chief Minister Mr Holliday has
nothing better to do than go to Europa Point for a publicity stunt
to make a fuss about nothing, that the refurbishment project there
is on target!
This project was 'promised' BEFORE the last general election, so, if
anything, he should be ashamed that they are still talking about it.
I must say that while freedom of the media is to be applauded it is
sad to see it misused when GBC news is used to champion R.Norton
ignorant and highly illogical correspondence to the Gibraltar
It is deplorable that GBC who is paid by the taxpayers refused to
grant time and space to the leader of the opposition Joe Bossano to
explain on his recent visit to the United Nations to defend the
Gibraltarians before the committee of 24.
This when public interest demands the maintenance of political
impartiality by GBC- But lost no time to air the ridiculous views of
someone who left Gibraltar to escape from the Spanish restrictions
and represents no one.
The argument that we the Gibraltarians should willingly pay an
illegal toll to drive into Spain to help economically the Mayor of
La Linea is as dangerously and as outrageous as we were to praise
Spain for violating our human rights.
What the Mayor of La Linea wants to do is a perfect demonstration to
his fellow neighbours of his mindless hatred and unfair
discrimination to the people of Gibraltar.
What GBC has failed to point out is that in spite of the Chief
Minister and his GSD government giving contracts worth millions of
Pounds to Spanish constructors and preferential employment to
Spaniards to help economically the hinterland at the expense of the
Gibraltarians- the people of Gibraltar’s human rights are still
being tampered by Spain
In EU for what Spain
Every day without fail you read letters and hear comments, some
unprintable, on the way forward towards the latest Spanish threat,
this time from the Mayor of the euroless municipality.
In the first instance our Government should exploit the much
heralded hot line sold as part of Cordoba, next advise the Spanish
Trade Unions that if they still want work in Gibraltar they better
use their collective voice and lastly the most scatter brain idea of
them all, shut them out, I am certain that a flurry of well intended
locals will say, you cannot do this as it goes against EU Laws, the
question, are we in the EU for what Spain wants or are we not
entitled to be forcible defended.
Incidentally, Mr Norton's comments and suggestions have been
answered by others, I would only add, if the shoe was on the other
foot, would Spain help us out or would it be conditional to an
advancement in their sovereignty claim?
W. L. Chamberland.
From summer nights to
It has taken this government nine years of sleepless nights to make
another 'U' turn from their mistakes. The next step is for the
Government to supply sleeping pills and ear plugs to everyone in
Gibraltar to sleep better before the next general election, instead
of really tackling the source of the problem correctly. Which would
be proper consultation with the affected parties, including the
Police and reach a balanced agreement.
However, my advice to the Government, is to go back to sleep.
Not surprised if
Cameron does not visit Gib
I see David Eade who I believe is an expat living in Spain is
pontificating about Gibraltar and the Conservative party. This makes
a change from him writing in the Spanish media that he 'feels
uneasy' about the RAF flying around the Rock.
No doubt he was away in Spain when the Princess Royal visited
recently and walked down Main Street, accounting for his inaccurate
nonsense about royal visits. He must have also been away when the
Conservative MPs and MEPs raised concern about the joint sovereignty
proposals and helped quash it.
David Cameron has a big job on in the UK sorting out the mess made
by Labour and is entitled to take his holiday wherever he wants and
as a resident of Gibraltar and a Conservative I wish him well but am
not surprised if he does not visit us.
We are not a zoo!
We should not let the clown mayor go ahead with the toll. We are not
a zoo that people visit, we are a great nation with pride, guts, and
If the Gib Govt don't do anything then we should blockage the
frontier with cars and people and don't let anyone in or out of
Stop the Spaniard take a penny across the border and we the
Gibraltarians should stop going to La Linea, and in two or three
weeks we will have a new La Linea mayor. Where is the good relation
with Spain and the Campo? All is a lie.
Albert Macias Snr
Does he know what he is
I was amazed to read Mr. Reggie Norton's letter in a local daily on
Monday 16th August. He states that 'he can't help feeling sympathy
for Sr. Alejandro Sanchez and all the financial problems his
Ayuntamiento faces and that we should voluntarily and in the spirit
of Christian neighbourliness offer to pay 3 Euros for a return trip
in and out of Spain in our cars until the Mayor and the La Linea
people's problems are solved at a higher level.'
Does Mr. Norton know and appreciate realistically what he is talking
We all know that Mr. Norton held a very high job in Gibraltar as
Town Clerk during the 1960's, and that he has devoted his time to
working for Oxfam in U.K. and various other Charitable and worthy
causes but his comments and advice proceed from someone who has been
away from Gibraltar too long. Mr. Norton's good intentions and
Christian beliefs are not in question here but his total
misunderstanding of a political situation that has been artificially
created by the La Linea Mayor to extract money somehow or other,
legally or illegally, from all and sundry, no matter what.
If we were to follow Mr. Norton's advice and voluntarily pay a 3
Euros toll each time we went to La Linea, in view of the
chameleon-like strategies and character of the local alcalde who
says one thing one day and the opposite the next, what would stop
him from upping the stakes in the future each time he needed money?
Wouldn't we be succumbing to a form of BLACKMAIL?
Secondly, this problem of a cash-strapped and broke Ayuntamiento has
not been created by Gibraltar who employs 6000 Spaniards but by the
Partido Popular Party, headed by Sr. Juan Carlos Juarez Ariolla, who
initially proceeded from the Gil Party, and who took the town of La
Linea by storm in the 1999 Elections.
At present Sr. Juarez is being processed by the Juzgado Mixto Numero
Uno de La Linea for his part in the 'ROSEWORLD Case. He is being
asked to pay 762,666 euros in bail money. Apart from this case, he
many cases pending like the now-famous former Alcalde of Marbella
Sr. Julian Muñoz and his mentor Sr. Antonio Rocca who is at present
in prison. Both are still to be judged for many other purported
crimes in the near future and long prison sentences are asked by the
relevant judges. Gibraltarians should not have to pay for the
excesses, corruption, and maladministration of Spanish mayors.
The fact of the matter is that Sr. Juarez came to La Linea broke and
has gone away a very rich man. He is presumed to have properties in
Soto-Grande, Madrid and Asturias where he originally came from. Due
to the fact that the processes of law are so slow in Spain many of
these alcaldes have been able to flout the law on numerous occasions
almost with impunity. We all hope that eventually the slow machinery
of the Spanish law system will eventually catch up with them.
Unfortunately Sr. Alejandro Sanchez, who spent the last 10 years in
an office in Brussels, costing the Ayuntamiento 10,000 Euros per
month, was selected as mayor after his former colleague and Mayor of
La Linea was disqualified from office because Sr. Sanchez is one of
the few who have no purported criminal cases pending of all the 'consejales'
in La Linea, and this may be the reason why this over-grown
schoolboy with a degree in Political Science, but quite green and
inexperienced, politically-speaking, has taken the mantle of a
bankrupt Ayuntamiento. It is not money that we should be giving
these people but ideas on how to run their Ayuntamiento honestly,
accountably and effectively, as they keep comparing themselves with
us, when we are a very different jurisdiction, with an effective,
transparent and highly-skilled Government, a buoyant economy, a
sound Finance Centre, A good Tourist Product, successful Bunkering
businesses, a Dockyard and many other assets that makes Gibraltar a
very desirable place to visit, to live and to start a business.
Millions of Euros have already been given to the Ayuntamiento in the
past by the Central Government and The Junta de Andalucia, but it
just disappears into a bottomless well. This is why the Central
Government when Sr. Aznar was President withdrew the subsidy to La
Linea called the Carta Economica Especial in 2004, so they can't
blame the P.S.O.E. La Linea offers nothing, except a few bunkers
from the Second World War. Sr. Sanchez should learn from us and
concentrate on putting his house in order and make his town a viable
centre so that they can attract businesses, factories and tourists
instead of looking in our direction with envy, jealousy and anger as
if we were their enemies when we are truly their benefactors despite
their ingratitude, bully tactics, incursions into our territorial
waters, prohibition of our sportsmen and athletes from participating
in many European events, games and competitions and using our common
frontier as a bottleneck to throttle our economy.
Double your money for
top civil servants
Salaries for the top civil service jobs have approximately doubled
in the past decade to decade and a half or so. A cursory glance at
recently-published figures reveals that seven civil servants now
earn the grand sum of £102,460: the Chief Technical Officer,
Financial Secretary, Principal Auditor, Commissioner of Police,
Attorney General and the two Puisne Judges (eight, actually, because
the Accountant General's salary has in past years been on a par that
of the other seven but is curiously missed out of the Government's
published figures with no explanation provided).
The Estimates of Revenue & Expenditure, which can be purchased from
the Publications Office at a bargain price of £5, also reveal the
following handsome salaries: Chief Justice £114,755; Chief Secretary
£107,009; Director of Education & Training £86,004; Director of
Civil Aviation £84,810; Chief Fire Officer £76,253; Senior Education
Adviser £67,312; Senior Officers (at least one in each department)
up to £66,861; Director of Media & Communications £65,499; CEO
Buildings & Works £62,839 etc.
However, the Estimates do not reveal the whole picture because in
addition to the many highly-paid civil servants that form part of
the 'establishment' there are a number of others in the public or
quasi-public sector earning well into six figures and paying very
little tax for years due to their special tax status. Gibraltar
surely still needs them but, having been here for so long, shouldn't
they now be paying full tax like everyone else?
There is a further anomaly in that there are yet other top
executives at Government agencies and statutory bodies such as the
Gibraltar Electricity Authority and the Sports & Leisure Authority
whose salaries are also omitted from the Estimates, despite the fact
that the accounts of the bodies are included in the publication. And
what about top European lawyer Michael Llamas who heads the new EU
and International Department? He must be costing us a pretty penny
and is no doubt worth it - but are taxpayers not entitled to know
In the interest of transparency shouldn't the Government publish all
public-sector top salaries including those at Government agencies
and statutory bodies, not just those of civil servants? Ministers'
salaries (inclusive of Parliamentary allowance) should also be made
readily accessible to the public, particularly in light of the hefty
increases during the current administration's tenure.
To the cost of the above-cited top salaries we need to add the cost
of civil servants' generous non-contributory final-salary pensions
when they retire, with the exception of 'contract' civil servants
such as Gareth Flower and Clive Golt, both of whom were hired
directly from outside Government. It is known that Gareth and Clive
get 25% of their salary as a tax-free gratuity each year, bringing
their total annual remuneration to £65,000 and £80,000 respectively.
Not bad if you can get it - and Clive certainly deserves a break -
but shouldn't the posts have been advertised and proper civil
service recruitment procedures followed? Why have the Public Service
Commission, the unions and, strangely, the Opposition remained
Quite apart from the questions marks hanging over the propriety of
recent recruitment procedures, the questions inevitably arise: Are
public-sector wages spiralling out of control? Can a small town of
only 29,000 people sustain this level of wage inflation in the long
term? Will the top salaries double again in the next decade to
decade and a half? True, the economy is strong at the moment but
should Gibraltar not exercise salary increase restraint at a time
when so many other countries in Europe are having to freeze and in
some cases even cut public-sector, including Ministerial, salaries
in some cases?
I thought my ears were deceiving me when I heard the Sales Manager
of Gedime Motors tell GBC Newswatch on 13 August 2010, at the launch
of the Mercedes SLS AMG at which the Chief Minister was present,
that the Mercedes dealership in Gibraltar was performing well
because of its "very solid client base of... civil servants who are
doing very well". I thought he was going to say "millionaires living
up the coast" - not "civil servants"!
The Government proclaims that the pillars of the economy are
financial services, port and shipping, and tourism, whereas Joe
Bossano maintains that the real drivers of Government revenue are
petrol, tobacco, gambling and construction. Whichever sectors are
really driving the economy, we never know when they may experience a
downturn in the future so would it not be prudent to be prepared by
curbing the spiral in public-sector salary inflation now?
But before the private sector rush to chastise the public sector
they should put their own house in order. Successive annual reports
by the Principal Auditor reveal alleged widespread underpayment of
tax by way of suspected serial under-declaration of earnings by
certain senior professionals and assorted others. If everyone paid
their full taxes instead of seeking to exploit every possible
loophole the burden of taxation would be reduced all round - and
Government would not be forced to impose the draconian
anti-avoidance measures contained in its new tax legislation.
Chamber and GFSB take note.
M J Ashbey
N0 cherry picking...
We all unfortunately know only too well Spain's continued reference
to Article x of Utrecht in a bid to retake Gibraltar, in other word
our homeland and their pathetic argument all along being the
wording, quote 'And in case it shall hereafter seem meet to the
Crown of Great Britain to grant, sell, or by any other means to
alienate there from the propriety of the said town of Gibraltar that
the preference of having the same shall always be given to the Crown
of Spain before any others.'
If the above is their only comfort, then why should Jose Maria
Castiella in May 1966 make a formal proposal to UK for the
cancellation of the Treaty of Utrecht and the subsequent return of
Gibraltar to Spain, if as they said and continue to falsely state
that Utrecht is the be all and pardon the pun ' the mother of all
A very important piece of perfidy, if in the same article, at
Spain's insistence there appear the wording, ' that no leave shall
be given under any pretence whatsoever, either to Jews or Moors, to
reside or have their dwellings in the said town of Gibraltar.'
Something which thank God, Britain never adhered to, then if Britain
broke this part of article x with impunity, never challenged by
Spain, then by the same token Spain went even further when the
Spanish Foreign Minister, Marcelino Oreja Aquirre shook the late Sir
Joshua's hand and recognised two things his religion and his roots
in Gibraltar, as well as his being the Chief Minister and therefore
'de facto' head of the Government of a territory which in their mind
cannot legally exist, more so being a colony.
We had a similar instance recently when another prominent member of
the Jewish Community was honoured by the Spanish Government with a
medal, presented by the current Foreign Minister, on behalf of their
Monarch (which one ), this presents a problem since Article ii of
Utrecht specifically states that my Heirs and Successors shall be
the House of Savoy. Things, since Cordoba have not got better, but
in fact worse than even in Castiella's and Franco's days, i.e
invading our waters with impunity, our air space and why, simply
because appeasement has never worked and too many kisses and
handshakes in front of the cameras is all that it is, theatrics and
playing to the gallery and boy have we got a champion in this field.
If Cordoba was and is still being sold as a panacea, then the main
points, the pensions, airport, telephones and frontier crossing
should all have seen the light of day at the same time and not piece
meal and we were told no cherry picking, except the caveat was to us
Gibraltarians, we never learn all in the name of moving forward, I
have said it in the past and will repeat, I am prepared to move
forward when our Quixotic neighbours retreat from 1713.
We are on your side
I hope you can find your way to publish this as I would like the
people of Gibraltar to know that at least some
British people are also watching and we are on your side.
You should be aware that the people of Gibraltar are not alone in
facing Latin interference and harassment.
7000 miles to your south, the Falkland Islands are facing much the
same thing from Spain's descendants
in Argentina. Perhaps that may be where Snr Sanchez got his crazy
Incidentally, I have been to Gibraltar, twice, and hope to return at
But I would like to pose some questions that I hope someone will be
kind enough to answer.
1. Rather than a protest at the border, would it be effective to
sack all residents of La Linea from jobs in Gibraltar?
2. As far as the information printed in British newspapers is
concerned, there was an incident of Spanish incursion into
territorial waters where the Guardia Civil officers were arrested.
What is wrong, in future, not only with arresting them but also
impounding their vessel(s)? Permanently. Spain gets its officers
back, but Gibraltar keeps their vessel to help in equipping the RGP.
3. If Snr Sanchez goes ahead with his illegal plans, could Gibraltar
import building materials from North Africa?
4. There appear to be conflicting reports as to whether there is a
ferry between Gibraltar and Algeciras. On the one hand, it is
suggested that the only route is via Tangier. On the other, that the
company Transcoma does actually operate a ferry over the
Gibraltar-Algeciras route. Which is true? And if the ferry does
operate, does it take cars?
Put a brake on Paco
Kaelan Victor Joyce
correspondence in your issue of 3rd August underlines the question
that we patriotic Gibraltarians must protest in the strongest terms
possible- because we still live in a democracy- at the continuation
of pro-Spanish biased articles or to be more precise
“Anti-Gibraltarian” by Paco Oliva in the Gibraltar Chronicle.
The situation has now reached new heights and it is obviously time
that its Editor puts a brake on the whole situation which is deeply
disturbing and provocative to the people of Gibraltar.
What one would not expect is a journalist in a privilege position in
the Editorial staff of the Gibraltar Chronicle to write articles of
an anti-Gibraltarian nature in the context of the Spanish campaign
against Gibraltar and surprisingly without being questioned by its
In this age of “politics before people” when obviously it becomes
increasingly difficult to make the ordinary individual voice heard
no matter how sincere the belief is or how strong the motivation and
when correspondence to the Editor in protest do not see the light of
day. It is not time then that we are as a people put an end to this
extreme pro-Spanish biased articles.
It is exactly for this reason what we can certainly do is bring
pressure to bear on the Gibraltar Chronicle.
New noise laws?
SOUNDPROOFING and AIR-CONDITIONING. Simple!
I am a resident of Crutchett's Ramp (Just behind Casemates House -
The old barracks) I can see the entrances of 2 of the Casemates
clubs, and believe me I can hear everything that goes on! I've been
complaining about the levels of loud music and the punters aftermath
in the early morning for 9 years since Casemates was made a "leisure
area" Not just me - but hundreds of families from Main Street,
Casemates and Crutchett’s Ramp going right up to Moorish Castle
Estate and even into Laguna Estate and the upper rock on occasion.
I've had the environmental Health Department taking noise level
measurements in my bedroom at 1.30am, these were found to be highly
excessive! And the levels on my balcony were off the scale!
Fridays – venues have music from 11 / 12 at night into 6am the
Saturdays - start 11/12 at night go on until around 3 / 4 / 5 am.
Sundays - start around 10pm and go on to 2/3 am.
New Years Eve: We all know the times – 5 / 6 pm to 6am next day.
This between band or DJ sound checks for the live bit and then after
the event the venues take over until the early hours.
The Cavalcade: Fromaround 2pm on the day to around 10pm.
Daily – performers playing live music and singing outside the venues
to the diners at one or more venues.
Wednesdays – Student nights, 11pm to 4/5 am next day
Fridays – 11/12 pm to 6am next day
Saturdays – 11/12 pm to 4/5 am next day
Sundays – 10pm to around 3 / 4am next day
Summer Nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays from around 9pm to midnight.
National Day : A variety of different activities means we have noise
from the 9am start soundchecks to around 5/6 am next morning by the
time the clubs have shut.
Oh and that’s not mentioning the myriad of bike days, fund raising
events etc that also go on at Casemates.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that we live in a Mediterranean
culture with a lot of activities going on, but when you get thrust
to living in the centre of it all and there’s so much of it going
on, when exactly are we supposed to take a rest, sleep properly? I’m
sure most of you who do not live in these areas can sleep through
most nights, maybe with an odd incident of cars with music or bikes.
Yes – It’s annoying isn’t it – well we have it ALL THE TIME!!!
We have elderly residents, shift workers, families with small kids
and school kids, nurses who need to be sharp at work next day! All
sorts of normal people and for the most part we are Government
tenants affected by this - hundreds of us. Do we get a change of law
or a move to a quieter area if we complain? NO.
Have any of us been given a solution? Double glazing in some cases
(maybe 16 families out of more than 500 affected) but this still
leaves much to be desired when that just covers tiny portion of the
people affected and even then, those who did get the windows need to
keep them shut when the noise starts, which in summer, the time of
year when there's most activity at Casemates need to be kept closed
from around 6pm when there are singers and groups playing outside
premises. These windows are not 100% effective mind you, they do not
soundproof totally – and if the windows are shut and you’ve had the
sun hitting your house until 10pm on average, temperatures in the
house are high all evening and well into the next morning. Not
comfortable at all.
Present residents options?
A: Keep the windows shut, switch on a fan in every room to circulate
hot air and put up your TV volume so its above what noise is coming
in, have regular cold showers and mostly just melt!
B: Open the windows switch on the fans to circulate somewhat cooler
air and put your TV volume up so high that you run out of volume and
can still hear the noise!
We are happy about the new law, we have peace and quiet at last!!
But not the way it’s’ been done.
What we, the residents WANT is:
A: That venues are made to get soundproofed – Properly - to UK
standard, not the botched jobs some of them have done in the past
and insist that they work!
B: That there is a department ensuring that venues are properly
soundproof - IE: not hearing a peep of what’s going on in the venue
from outside it! This to be ongoing to ensure levels are kept this
way in case they change sound systems etc.
C: No diner entertainment outside the venues directly near housing.
IE, if anyone lives 10metres or nearer as is the case at present!!!
D: That we can complain to Police if there is any venue opening
doors, having music outdoors etc or other activity outdoors which
cancels out their soundproofing and that the Police is able to take
action. This from 6pm to 11am daily
E: That venues are also made to get properly air-conditioned to
enable this and make it comfortable for patrons.
F: That summer nights, National Day, The Cavalcade and New Years Eve
remain as they are with a thought for the neighbours please when
What everyone needs – To go out when they choose to and have fun
without disturbing anyone!!
WHY THIS? So the music and the partying can continue at whatever
time – yes even after 11pm! We are getting a very rough time living
near these venues but we also understand everyone needs to have fun
and even we want to have fun – when we want it mind, not when It’s
rammed into our houses at all hours!
Our youth will not need to go to Spain at night, diners can get live
music entertainment all in air –conditioned bliss and all the
affected residents will finally be able to enjoy some rest.
I think it's shameful of ALL the political parties to be honest, the
implementers for doing it all wrong for the 3rd time round and the
others for also failing to do their research to try and find what
the actual problems were and try to help out effectively by finding
and suggesting good solutions.
I have set up a facebook page " Don't stop the music at 11pm!! Get
the venues soundproofed!!" where anyone concerned can join and is
encouraged to leave their opinions on this, youth, residents, diners
and venues! We have 200 members within 3 days of setting it up.
While we’re at it I’d also like to remind everyone that there is a
silent hours law which encompasses everyone and all locations
from11pm to 11am so please try to keep all noise of any kind down at
those times for all your neighbours everywhere – including yourself!
Thanks for your time,
A very fed up Crutchetts Ramp resident who is too well aware of the
noise but also likes to party every so often!
correspondence between Albert Buhagiar and Chronicle editor
'Chronicle failed to publish my letters'
Sent: 09 August 2010 14:21
Subject: RE: Spain mixing politics with sport
I trust you will publish this letter.
Sent: 10 August 2010 15:53
I think you closed correspondence on this issue elsewhere.
Sent: 11 August 2010 09:31
The correspondence was sent to Panorama because you fail to publish
my letters, having said this there are many other letters that are
published in both newspapers. I hope you do not curtail my
democratic right in asking you to publish my letter.
I would formally like to know what is the reason for not publishing
my previous letter in reply to Paco’s opinion piece which continues
monologue of his pro Spanish ideas.
Un cordial saludo
Sent: 11 August 2010 16:50
There is no democratic right for a correspondent to have a letter
published in any newspaper. An Editor has the right to publish,
refuse to publish or edit (so long as this reflects a letters
general arguments) letters sent to it. We have published many
letters from you, occasionally some were edited but only after
discussion with you.
We state clearly in our letters page that we do not knowingly
publish circulars or letters sent to other newspapers but there is
no constant monitoring of that.
That other newspapers wish to publish letters we do not accept is a
matter from them, but I will not accept that leverage. Nor do I
think bullying people is a democratic right, although people get
away with it all the time.
I suspect you know full well why your letter was not going to be
published in its entirety and anticipated the decision you got. My
recollection is you want to insist on publication in full. That is
not a notion acceptable to any newspaper. In relation to Paco’s
Opinion piece as published your response included a personal attack
which is not acceptable and should not be acceptable to people who
claim to raise the democracy flag.
In all events that exchange is as far as I am concerned closed.
Sent: 13 August 2010 11:16
With respect, you appear to be confusing two letters, either
accidentally or intentionally.
My most recent letter on the subject of Spanish political
interference in sport (with reference to Dominic Carroll in
Barcelona) was also circulated to Panorama, and I suppose I will
have to accept that given it has already been published by that
newspaper, you are unwilling to do the same in yours even though as
previously stated in my last email you have published many letters
that have been published in Panorama as well. In my opinion the
Panorama is now the truly independent newspaper, with democratic
journalists and editor.
However, my first letter was a reply to Paco Oliva’s opinion piece
and was exclusively sent to your newspaper for publication. After
several days without publication, the reasons for which were never
communicated to me, I opted to send it to Panorama who promptly
published it. At no stage did you contact me to voice a concern
about a part or the whole of the letter, or ask me to edit or amend
parts of it. Even now, I am totally unaware of which parts of the
letter appear to have caused such concern or offence.
What is more, I do not accept that my first letter includes a
“personal attack” on Paco Oliva at all, and would ask you where, in
your editorial opinion, that “personal attack” appears. As I recall,
in the letter I challenge Oliva’s ideas and his depiction of
Gibraltarians as uneducated and backward, which I, together with
many of your readers, find offensive and insulting. I invited him to
leave Gibraltar if he finds us so unappealing. There are no threats
in my letter and there are no insults. Although I do question
Oliva’s motives in presenting what are, in my opinion, one-sided
versions of events in his opinion pieces. That is not a personal
attack, it is an assessment of his journalistic bias which as a
reader in a democracy I am free to make.
In any case, it is Paco himself whom you have indulged and continue
to indulge in personal attacks on Gibraltarians now and in the past,
most notably on a close personal friend, the former GFA President
Joey Nunez, on whom Oliva carried out a character assassination
bordering on the libellous at the time of the UEFA case. I did not
recall seeing any attempt by you to curtail him, so your new-found
concern for avoiding “personal attacks” in the columns of your
newspaper comes as something of a surprise. Perhaps that concern
extends only to the protection of your journalists, or at least of
one of them in particular.
Your reference to “bullying” is likewise not accepted, and I would
sincerely hope your insinuation is not that I have “bullied” either
you or Oliva, now or in the past. If so, I would like an explanation
of such an accusation.
*This exchange of correspondence has been made public by Mr