Sabado. And some thoughts post Gib election

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.

Do NOT sit at the bar - wet paint alert!!

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.

Pizza Express - ready for lunch
Ocean Village - looking over the marina
Pizza Express entrance (formerly Pusser's Landing)
Convenient berth for that take-away pizza

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.

Gib market

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.

Saturday is parade day in Gib
Excellent drummers
Bearskins and kilts

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.


3 comments on “Sabado. And some thoughts post Gib election

  1. Great story and photos of your election aftermath. Wish I could participate in elections there. (Hint. Hint.) As you know, our polictics are so partisan it is sickening. No thought of how to solve problems that will help the majority of people. Just what is best for me and my party. Anymore, if things get done it is done with grassroot actions. Guess that is the way it should be but the government just gets in the way. Hoping for a strong third party that tears the system asunder and makes people really think. We reside in a small town but nothing like Gibraltar. Our politics are still the ol’ boy system. Last mayor was elected because no one ran against her. Big mistake. Thanks again for the wonderful insight into the workings of Gibraltar.


  2. like the clean lines of wordpress. have often been tempted to change. though learned long ago through various blogs long deleted never to change blogger templates……..or whatever blogger suggest as being best idea. This week for some bizarre reason I have not been able to moderate comments on blogger……because Blogger says, even though I am logged in as my name and password, I am not entitled to partake in my own blog. Ah well.

    Re politics, Imho, whoever gets in and ends up as top dog in politics, gets way laid and ends up never achieving the things they spouted on about before election. As a friend of mine once said so succinctly, (and she was Cumbrian and also Red Hot left wing..even her cat was called Trotsky)…….”it doesn’t matter who gets in,or who wins, it’s always us in the middle who suffer”.


  3. Jim – thanks for your comment. Not quite so easy for Americans to live in Gib – unless of course they are millionaires – as it is for Europeans. There is a lot of cronyism in the Gib system – obviously, with it being so small, so it is by no means perfect – but at least we have a change which is often a good thing in itself.

    CV – I do think WP has hugely improved since I first tried it out many years ago (always being a person of many blogs of course – I think I was running three on different hosts even when I first started). You will be saddened to realise, like me, that the freebie version that I use, does not allow the same level of statcounter that blogger does :( But otherwise, I like the change.

    Pippa was most upset to be locked out of his blog by nasty horrid blogger and will write something up soonest on his blogger blog. And will prob copy across to the new blog. Which he thinks makes him look equally or possibly more beauteous.

    And re politics – I think some deals are better or worse for the ones at the bottom and to a lesser extent, the ones in the middle. The ones at the top can manage quite nicely with shedloads of money so who gives a toss about them.

    I see I am commenting as Pippa, Oh well.


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