The bunting has been up for a while, red, white and blue. Normally it is red and white – the Gib colours. But this weekend is a British celebration, and Gibraltar is British.
Flags have been increasing day by day, the union flag, the Gib one, and my favourite, the Gib one superimposed on the union flag. Couldn’t find one when I looked in the local souvenir shops the other day.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is in London for the long weekend representing Gib.
Joe Bossano is in Ecuador for a UN conference. The following is from a Chron article:
Government minister Joe Bossano yesterday took delegates at the UN C24 decolonisation seminar in Quito, Ecuador back to 711 to illustrate a common thread in history leading to “independence from Spain”, in Gibraltar case with the arrival of the British in 1704.
And in a dramatic turn to illustrate the way in which politics was conducted in the 16th century, Mr Bossano said that thirty-two years after first becoming part of Spain with Queen Isabella taking it from the Duke of Medina Sidonia Gibraltar had, in 1534, “formed part of the state who sent Pizzaro to massacre the Incas in Quito.”
But he said that sovereignty in Europe today is not what it was in the 16th century, though Spain, he argued, has not understood this.
In 1704 he said “Gibraltar had gained its independence from Spain after 202 years under Spanish sovereignty.
In his address, also pre-recorded on a YouTube clip posted at the GSLP website http://burl.co/117125C, Mr Bossano defended self-determination and said that the UN had to defend the people under colonial rule and not be manipulated by member states in territorial disputes.
Referring to the decolonisation list of which Gibraltar is one of 16 territories Mr Bossano said that the continued existence of the list is the reason for the seminar. “The meeting is to assist the people to fulfil the charter requirement to exercise self-determination,” he said.
Mr Bossano pointed out that the committee has been studying case of Gibraltar’s decolonisation for 58 years and said he himself had been involved in that campaign for that time.
He also said that privately many agreed that Gibraltar’s case unassailable but Spain had astutely manipulated circumstances. “The present Spanish Government will no more succeed in its attempts to conquer Gibraltar than any of its predecessors have done in the last 58 years. No matter what alliances it makes with others,” said Mr Bossano.
It is, he said, the freely and democratically expressed wishes of the colonial people that count as far as the UN Charter is concerned. Spain, said Mr Bossano, had been flagrantly in breach of the Charter for decades and did not want the C24 to know what Gibraltar itself wants. Mr Bossano urged the C24 members to assist in the achievement of decolonisation and urged them to remember the C24 is the guardian of colonial people. The process, he emphasised to them is one of assisting the people from colonial rule to self-rule.
Go Joe! I love the way he doesn’t mince his words.
Speaking of Spain, I see that Sofia did go to visit Liz. But in a private capacity. What a load of hypocrites.
Anyways, apparently there is a street party today. So best wander out and see what is going on.
I may even get to see Rhona the Rhino, who is apparently being pulled down Main Street to raise funds for Africa.
WTF is a rhino doing in Main Street? She deserves to be in Africa, not part of some crazy stunt.
And on crazies, a customs car was vandalised the other day and customs officers were pelted with stones when they stopped a couple of Spaniards with 81,000 cigarettes.
Workers on JBS are on overtime over this holiday weekend putting up razor wire at the airport to stop people escaping over the frontier with their contraband. No street party for them.