Spain is not happy. In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht that was designed to resolve bloody issues of who should succeed to the Spanish throne, awarded Gibraltar to the British Crown forever. Forever? Forever. Yet, the treaty is disregarded in many ways, that reflect democracy's rise since 1713. Jews and Muslims were forbidden to settle there, according to the old Treaty, but that is happily ignored. Cannon and bloodshed produced the Treaty, according to the Financial Times, July 14, 2013, at p.4. That quotes Fabian Picardo, chief minister (what is that?) of Gibraltar.
See Financial Times, World News, No flags are flying for Gibraltar's tercentenary, July 14, 2013 at 2.
So here we are at the 300th anniversary, and nothing celebratory is happening. Gibraltar remains economically solid, self-governing, but Spain says, not so fast. Stop your reef-building. In essence, this is an old colonial holdfast, and it is time for Gibraltar to revert to Spain and stop its ongoing entrenching.To underscore the point, Spain is increasing the hurdles at customs, for crossing borders.
Territorial integrity: Other nations have resolved these in form, as in the Hebrides, Orkney, Trieste, by incorporating those areas into the nations who won them by cannon and bloodshed. Those, however, had boundaries that touched the rewarded nation, or those boundaries were changed to make that a reality. Such is war.
Who rules Gibraltar? The Gibraltar Socialist party, Albert Isola is a member, and financial services minister. As tourists, it is easy to forget the real world of the people who live there.
And: news flash. Gibraltar appled for its football (read, soccer) team to achieve status as a full member of the European football association. The Spanish federation was enraged. So, Gibraltar, as of now, can compete in international tournaments. Who else has this status? Andorra, San Marino (where?), and the Faroe Islands (is that where farro grain comes from?).
So Spain upped the ante by objecting to Gibraltar's joining the European Rugby Association.
Spain will not acknowledge Gibraltar as a negotiating partner. Gibraltar says: Spain has no sovereignty over us, and won't. Gibraltar is doing well economically. Spain is not.
So, in acknowledgement that sovereignties change, we move our older Gibraltar posts, included in Spain because we went to Gibraltar as part of a two-week improvised road trip to Spain, to its own site.
The Car-Dan Tour Company also provides separate blog identity to the Hebrides, Orkney, and Trieste. As well as the already established Andorra, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg. Shall Gibraltar become the new Andorra, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg? Demographic experts, politicians, British sovereignists, what is the poll?