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“Red Arrows, a warning from Gibraltar”

RedArrowsThe President of the Partido Popular (PP) in the Campo de Gibraltar, José Ignacio Landaluce, said recently that the Red Arrows exhibition held last weekend on the Rock (photo: still from movie) is a “warning” from Gibraltar and “a response from Government each time they see their supremacy over Spain endangered.” He added>

“Gibraltar and the UK get together to make our country feel inferior, making it clear who gives the orders in the colony.”

Landaluce was referring to a White Paper presented by his party in the Chamber of Deputies that proposed standing firm against “the expansionist pretentions of Gibraltar”. The motion in debate was rejected by the ruling PSOE.

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4 Comments»

  Albert Yome wrote @

To hear the hysterical Landaluce, you’d think that we (30,000 people / 6.843 square kilometres) are a threat to Spain (46 million people / 504,030 km²). Perhaps he wants us included in the ‘Axis of Evil. That might prove a bit of a hindrance to the thousands of Spainards who need to come to work here every day.

P.S. We are a self-governing British Overseas Territory, not a colony. Gibraltar has been British for over 305 years. It was Spanish for only 242 years. Spain is also a younger democracy than Gibraltar.

  prospero wrote @

Or to put it another way, as received in a very insulting comment here (not published, binned): “Landaluce, ¿por qué no te callas?”
Thanks for your comment, Albert.

  Yvonne wrote @

I would think that the majority of people who went and watched the Red Arrows just went to watch a superb display of flying and did not give a thought to politics or sovereignty.
I used to go to Eastbourne when I lived in England to watch the air show. Russian, Polish, French, American and many other nationalities took part, it was just an enjoyable display of wonderful flying and a close up look of some awsome machines.

  CraftyPip wrote @

I am very proud to be allowed to live in Spain , a country with such a rich and diverse cultural history, and to be embraced by strangers into their community as if I had lived here all my life.
I have heard the arguements over the sovereignty rights to the rock of Gibraltar and gone away to research the subject myself.
I have heard from the die hards who believe Gibraltar ” belongs ” to Spain and those who think otherwise. I have even heard from the Spanish who understand the resentment felt as a result of Spanish involvement in Ceuta and Melilla, so much so that they believe that if they are to regain sovereignty in Gibraltar, then consideration must be given to renouncing their claim over the two regions of northern Marocco.
If the world had to revert to what a few die hards want then there would be utter turmoil let alone total unrest. It is not a matter of who we were, it is who we are here and now.
Was it not the Spanish in 2002 who sent in a gun boat to remove a Moroccan presence from a rock in Spanish waters off of Morocco. Was it not the Spanish who reinforced its military presence on the Chafarinas Islands off the coast of Morocco amid growing tensions over another island.
The at the time Prime Minister Aznar stated ” We will make all possible diplomatic efforts to restore the rule of international law “.
These actions were seen by the Spanish to be lawful and quite rightly so, but was it not just making the Moroccans ” feel inferior ” and hopefully back off, ” and making it clear who gives the orders in the colony “.
Sad to say if the reputedly best aerobatic team in the world is thought of as threat to someone´s esteem then they are very short sighted indeed. The Red Arrows are, at present, the best and everyone else comes second including the Spanish.
When the public went to see the Red Arrows in Gibraltar, I believe the last thing on their minds was anything to do with having an inferiority complex or remotely associated with politics at all. It was more a joining of all walks of society to see and enjoy being entertained by an incredible air display team.
The feedback I have personally received has been all positive (except for the lack of contingency plans to cope with the overwhelming public attendance).
I believe one mans political views have to be, in this case, treated with the contempt that they deserve.


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