Who cares about Gibraltar?
(Help Catalonia) One favourite strategy of governments around the world during a time of serious crisis is – instead of solving the problem – to offer the press and public a distraction. If peppered with a huge dose of cheap patriotism, all the better.
We saw an example of this recently with the nationalisation of the Argentine branch of the Spanish oil company, Repsol. We saw it again when the Spanish government protested the visit of the UK’s Prince Edward to Gibraltar, which led to the cancelation of the visit of Queen Sofia to England to participate in Queen Elisabeth II’s jubilee celebrations.A great deal of Spanish pride emerged in the media, with the same old arguments against the British sovereignty over the Rock, and claims to do whatever is needed to see the red and yellow flag replacing the Union flag.