1. robingraham
    February 7, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Lot’s of ordinary people in the area have a very pragmatic and local attitude to Gibraltar. I’ve spoken to people who say that all the fuss is generated in Madrid for political point-scoring. People down here are just getting on with it (and shifting quite a few contraband fags in the process). Rajoy, in particular, seems determined to rake over old coals – I don’t know why I’m still getting to grips with Spanish politics. We intend to go and see Ceuta one of these days…


    • Alan
      February 7, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

      I don’t doubt it’s as much to do with internal politics than a real urge to take back the island, in much the same way Kirchner is currently using the Falklands to deflect from her own problems in Argentina. I’ve yet to see Gibralter myself, hoping to get there in a couple of months to meet up with my stepson, who’s in the Navy, for a few beers on his way back to the UK.

      I keep looking at the ferry route from Almeria to Melilla, thinking I should go and have a look. I imagine these places to have a quite unique atmosphere.


  2. Matthew Hirtes
    February 8, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    My brother used to work in Gibraltar. So we went to visit him there one year. Despite an ecstatic reaction from the local CFC supporters group, I was deputy editor of the Official Chelsea Magazine at the time, I mainly recall Gib for being a great base to explore places nearby, such as Conil, Jerez, Tangiers, and Tarifa. Love the intro to this still-relevant travel article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/holidaytypeshub/article-590865/Meeting-rock-stars.html#axzz2KGB29MvQ.


  3. Pink It
    April 3, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

    Needless to say one has to know a bit of history and politics to post about this, because otherwise you talk nonsense.

    The thing here is that Spanish territories in Northern Africa have been Spanish since the late 15th Century, long before Morocco or even the idea of Morrocco existed. Morocco’s claims on these territories are unfounded and just used for politcal, domestic purposes, to distract attention from other more serious problems.

    In this sense, these territories cannot be compared to the situation of Gibraltar, politically, legally or historically. Additionally, both Ceuta and Melilla are 100% within the structure of the Spanish Administration/state, with parliamentary representation, and have no significant special status, whereas Gibraltar isn’t. So, no double standards here. Just one.


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