Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister Thinks Gibraltar is an Island

Gareth Thomas, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe, was banging on last week that the government wasn’t doing enough for Gibraltar. He boasts that he has “visited the island twice in the last six months” whilst whilst no Foreign Office Minister has visited since 2011. He is calling on “a Foreign Office Minister to visit the island as soon as possible to witness first hand the unnecessary delays and disruption to travellers trying to cross the border.”

Embarrassingly Gibraltar is, as any schoolboy knows, not an island. That border Gareth is talking about is a land border three-quarters of a mile long with Spain.

If he wants to be Europe minister he should probably get an atlas first.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WAR: Britain Protests Spanish Incursion Into Gibraltar Waters

The Foreign Office has confirmed that “there was an incursion into British waters near Gibraltar by Spanish Navy on 18 February, during a Royal Navy exercise”. HMS Sabre saw off Spanish Navy warship SPS Vigia after it disrupted a British exercise. Britain is to make a formal protest to Spain. The stretched twig of peace is once again at melting point. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mission Accomplished: The Bush Line Dave Should Have Used

It was an obvious question, but one with no correct answer for the PM. Asked if it was “mission accomplished” for returning troops by The Sun, Dave couldn’t very well say no, yet might come to regret his bluntness:

“Yes, I think they do. I think they can come home with their heads held high.”

Quite what the completed mission in Afghanistan looks like, we do not know. Dave should have taken a page out of George W Bush’s 2003 Mission Accomplished speech, which banner aside, gave far more wriggle room:

“The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide. No act of the terrorists will change our purpose, or weaken our resolve, or alter their fate. Their cause is lost. Free nations will press on to victory.”

Let’s pray that the line does not come back to haunt the PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FCO Minister Lidington Bends Over in Front of Spain

Foreign Office native David Lidington is getting taken apart from all sides of the House for accepting Spain’s two-fingered excuse that their opening of British diplomatic bags was a “mistake”. Labour’s Gerald Kaufman warned “the softly softly approach of this government is not working”, with never knowingly off message Bob Neill accusing the Spanish of “stooping to the level of Franco”. Peter Bone wants a “couple of gunboats” and Col Bob Stewart ominously asked for “any other measures”. But it was Lidington’s exchange with Andrew Rosindell that summed it up:

AR: “Is it time to send the Spanish Ambassador back to Madrid?”

DL: “No, Mr Speaker.”

The first time an EU country has attacked another member in such away and our cowardly Foreign Office beg for more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WAR: Video of Disastrous Spanish Invasion (and Retreat)

They should have blown it out of the water.

UPDATE:

The FCO are p*ssed:

“We stand ready to do whatever is required to protect Gibraltar’s sovereignty, economy and security.”

Kill ‘em, kill ‘em all.

Friday, November 15, 2013

European Commission Backs Spain Over Gibraltar

A bonkers judgement from the European Commission today, who have:

“not found evidence to conclude that the checks on persons and goods as operated by the Spanish authorities at the crossing point of La Línea de la Concepción have infringed the relevant provisions of Union law.”

As if that were not enough, they have also criticised the UK, asking us to:

“develop risk-based profiling (in particular Gibraltar should ensure non-systematic and risk analysis-based checks on travellers and their belongings upon exit from Gibraltar at the crossing point of La Línea de la Concepción); optimising legislation and safeguards in view of contributing to an efficient fight against tobacco smuggling; and develop the exchange of intelligence on tobacco smuggling with Spain.”

Send in the navy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dave Breaks Syria Silence

Cameron has finally spoken out on that awkward, but largely forgotten, incident over the summer when he recalled Parliament and was promptly hamstrung by his own backbenchers and, subsequently, Ed Miliband. Speaking to “the City of London, the global home of finance,” at last night’s Lord Mayor’s Banquet, Dave claimed:

“And yes, when it came to the brutal crimes of the Assad regime against its people we stood up for the right values in Syria. And let’s not pretend that Syria would now be giving up its chemical weapons if we and our allies had looked the other way. Britain is a country that has always been prepared to stand up for its values.”

Sort of.

Friday, September 27, 2013

WATCH: Spanish School Children Stage Sick Gibraltar Massacre

In their continuing quest to start a war with Britain, here is what the Spanish are teaching their children in schools. A group of children are forced stage a mock invasion of Gibraltar, ending with the kids pretending to shoot dead British residents:

That’s fightin’ talk…

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gibraltar’s New Gung-Ho Governor War Hero

Lieutenant-General Sir James Benjamin Dutton has been appointed the Governor of Gibraltar today, to take up the position later this year. Sir James served in the Royal Marines for 37 years, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. His message to the Spanish government is clear:

“I am delighted and honoured to be going to Gibraltar, especially given its historical connections with the Royal Marines. I hope that my many years of military experience… will equip me well to deliver the Governor’s role and responsibilities toward Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.”

Which roughly translates to don’t mess with him…

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PICTURE: Pickles Flies Gibraltar Flag

International diplomacy Pickles style.


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TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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