Just another Saturday. The euphoria of the election result has died down and it’s back to normal. For Partner it’s back to work too, as he is working at a restaurant in Ocean Village.
I wandered down later to take some photos for our portfolio. It’s actually Pizza Express, which I thought was a variant on Pizza Hut. It’s not. At all. Instead of some rather tacky soggy pizza place I found myself in a very smart restaurant, on the idyllic setting of the marina.
No idea what the food is like, although I was sooo tempted to steal some olives.
Next up, I went to the market to see if they had any chicharros (fresh peas). They did. Did I want them pelado or sin pelado? Huh? Peeled or unpeeled? I thought peas came in pods ‘cos that was half the fun.
When I was a kid we always ate Bird’s Eye frozen Petit Pois. Not very often, but whenever we had grilled salmon, it was accompanied by frozen peas, boiled cucumber and small new potatoes.
I never had fresh peas when I was young. My mother made some dreamy comments about her father growing them, and how quickly they cooked. It wasn’t until I moved to Spain and the wonderful Adelina next door instructed me how to cook them that I learned about fresh peas. They do not cook quickly. But they do taste nice. They cost £4 a kilo from Gib market. Unpeeled.
A quick stop at the health food shop for some Jason shaving stuff, and some seitan.
And back down Main Street, there was a parade. Always best to carry a camera in Gibraltar. What a wonderful place to be on a Saturday.
So, some political thoughts, post election.
When I was young my parents voted Conservative. My mother voted Conservative because that’s what her parents did and my father voted Liberal because that’s what his family voted. And as he grew older he changed. There was no socialism in my family, despite my father’s strong union activity.
At university, I was amazed to see students wearing badges that said, ‘Don’t blame me, I voted Labour.’ This was in the days when Margaret Thatcher had first been elected.
I really couldn’t understand how people could be so up front about their political leanings. It seemed to be a lefty thing, Tories were always more discrete.
It was the same when I joined my first newspaper. Along with another colleague, I was the only non-socialist in the office. Like me, he came from a large detached house, his parents had their own business, and he went to private school. The socialists happily chattered away assuming that everyone was socialist. Why wouldn’t they be? And, we all kept politics out of our journalism, and respected (or not) our local politicians for their contribution rather than the colour they wore.
I have no idea when my views changed and I learned to think for myself. Maybe after my world trip? Because when we arrived back in the UK, there was a green candidate standing, and that was who received my vote. No chance of winning, but sometimes you want to support a party whose principles you agree with.
It’s lucky there wasn’t a green party in the Gib election or I would have had a problem. Vote with conscience or sensibly? Because realistically the only way to get the GSD out of power was to vote GSLP.
The concept of being able to vote for ten candidates is quite mind-blowing when you have only ever been able to vote for one person before.
Do you vote for the candidates you like the sound of? Or the party you want to get in? It’s a risk to split your votes, but clearly people do it.
Remember yesterday’s post when I criticised the Gib Chron post that said ‘some 300’ voters made the difference? What really made the difference, to me, was the 7,600+ votes that the PDP received. Given that all the PDP candidates received at least 500 votes each, that would suggest that, at the minimum, 500 people made a difference in the election result.
It’s always difficult interpreting statistics, but it is important to look at the whole picture and consider the results from different perspectives.
As for my vote, well, most of it went to the GSLP. I have questioned how they are going to fund their proposals (given the inherited debt from the GSD), and I don’t think everything in their manifesto is perfect.
But I voted for them for two big reasons (and a lot of others too).
One, they have a very firm stance on Gibraltar’s nationality and no-sovereignty deal. They haven’t proposed an Andorra solution. That, to me is a good start.
Two, they are concerned about local employment. When we see people coming across the border who are British, Portuguese, Spanish, Eastern European etc etc etc, – many of whom are working on the black – and we know people in Gibraltar who are out of work there is something wrong.
Looking forward to seeing if the GSLP can put theory into practice.