In many ways modern Europe began with the Treaty of Utrecht, which inter alia awarded Gibraltar to the Brits after two centuries of rule by the Spanish Crown. So now that, three centuries later, modern Europe appears to be on the point of collapse I guess it kind of makes sense that – resurgent nationalism in response to national devastation aside – the status of Gibraltar should be discussed again, as it currently is every night in the territory’s waters.
Unfortunately a Spanish Anschluss is the only solution under discussion, when British colonisation of Spain would actually make far more sense. Some important potential benefits:
- Functional employment policy. Unemployment in Gibraltar is about 2%. In neighbouring Andalusia it’s close to 30.
- Decent English teaching.
- An end to a fisheries policy that has driven half the population of littoral West Africa to sleep on the streets of Europe.
- A governor who is considerably more capable than the current domestic competition, looks like the perfect son-in-law, and talks excellent Spanish. Nick Clegg in Madrid would be Chris Patten in Hong Kong, looking forward rather than back.
- Daniel Hannan (who also speaks good Spanish) could be shackled to sugar-mum Esperanza Aguirre with a mission to reinvigorate the Viceroyalty of New Spain.
- Fortunately Scotland will no longer be part of the UK, so no bloody whining missionaries and an end to Catalan subversion.
- An end to history. Like German princes in the nineteenth century Balkans, the British killed no-one’s great grandad in the Civil War. Wait, let me think of another precedent.
- The name’s bond,
EuroJames Bond. Constantino Romero can be the new entity’s Moscow envoy.
- The people’s friend?
Far be it from me to want to draw attention away from the Carod Rovira roadshow or to mock or criticise
- And now a very spatial moment
Could Daniel Hannan’s how-to-avoid-Brexit recipe help Jorge Trías solve his little problem? I broadly agree with DH, though Sadiq Khan, who
- How many working Andalusians does it take to keep a fellow-countryman on the dole?
More than some people think.
Joan over in John Chappell’s 2004/02/04 02:35 comments section is getting annoyed about people using the word Spanish instead of Castilian.