International politics as viewed from a construction site.
Thought I would brighten everyone’s weekend by posting up this fairly succinct summary of a rather sensitive diplomatical issue discussed in today’s tea-break.
The usual multi-national, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-everything that signifies Gibraltar.
For the record, present were two Spaniards, one Moroccan, and one Brit.
‘Gibraltar should be Spanish. No?’ said one of the Spanish labourers. Because that’s how Spaniards ask questions.
‘No.’ Said Partner. ‘Gibraltar is for Gibraltarians, and after that it is British. But of course if you are interested in pursuing this incredibly passé and boring claim for Gibraltar, no doubt you will be ceding Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco. Won’t you?’
‘No puede, ‘ said Spaniard. Because it’s ok to annex someone else’s space but not cede any of your own.
And from the Moroccan in response to Partner’s challenge?
‘Sí Señor. Eso es correcto.’ (ie, you (Spain) have two extremely strategic parts of North Africa that could possibly be deemed as being Moroccan)
Come along Spain. You don’t claim Gibraltar cos it is at the bottom end of Andalucía and insist on retaining Ceuta and Melilla as well (which, for anyone who doesn’t know, are Spanish enclaves at the top of Morocco).
There then followed an extremely brief discussion about how the British were quite happy to fight wars and maybe this was one Spain wouldn’t win.
So there we go diplomatists. You want answers – visit a construction site.