Britannia waives her duty in Gibraltar

From the Gibraltarian news website, Panorama:

The Gibraltar government has told the UK that ‘the time has now come for action, not simply written protests from London to Madrid’ in defence of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, following the latest incident where a Gibraltar vessel was boarded by the Guardia Civil in Gibraltar waters ‘and forcibly conveyed’ together with its occupants to Algeciras ‘at high speed and without navigational lights.’

HM Government of Gibraltar has issued a statement calling on the United Kingdom government to turn its words into actions and defend the territorial integrity of Gibraltar by all means at its disposal in a reasonable, measured but effective way.  As the Gibraltarians make clear,  the time has now come for action, not simply written protests from London to Madrid.

The statement reminds people that these illegal incursions by the Spaniards started in 2009 and have continued at regular intervals ever since. Incredibly at one point Spanish Civil Guards even entered the Port of Gibraltar and landed on Gibraltarian soil.  The Spaniards’ behaviour is far more aggressive than anything that Argentinians have done around the Falkland Islands in the same time period, yet it attracts scant attention in the British media and barely causes a ripple at the Foreign Office, which seems more preoccupied today with retweeting pictures of the Olympic torch on the London Eye.

With Spain deliberately provoking Gibraltar by encouraging its fishing fleets to plunder Gibraltar’s territorial waters under escort from Guardia Civil vessels, the Royal Gibraltar Police are scared to take action for fear of sparking an armed confrontation.  The Royal Navy, where it should be defending the territorial integrity of the waters has instead been impotent and instead issued radio messages from the shore in the hope the Spaniards comply.  In Gibraltar it seems Britannia only rules the airwaves.

Ironically this most recent incursion by the Spaniards has taken place just as eight Gibraltar Defence Police Officers are about to be deployed to the UK to helm a fast rigid-hulled inflatable boat as part of the Olympic Games policing and security operation for the sailing events at Weymouth.  Given the level of inaction to date it doesn’t seem as if they will be missed.

13 Responses to “Britannia waives her duty in Gibraltar”

  1. 1 Joe Public 22/07/2012 at 2:28 pm

    Britain is about to take strong & decisive action on behalf of Gibraltar.

    G4S has just won the tender to provide its defence.

  2. 2 Dave_G 22/07/2012 at 2:41 pm

    Upsetting the Argie’s is one thing, upsetting the ‘apple cart’ is entirely another. Yet more evidence, as if it’s needed, of Cameron’s faux Euroscepticism.

  3. 3 Independent England 22/07/2012 at 2:41 pm

    Stick a couple of RN frigates down there and use them if necessary!

  4. 4 permex 22/07/2012 at 2:46 pm

    I have every sympathy with Gibraltarians but to expect a toothless Britain to do a ‘res non verba’ with the Spanish indicates an unjustified & naïve belief in our ability to do ANYthing without cocking it up.
    As for Gib’s territorial waters & Spanish fishing….the buggers fish British waters too & until we can get out of the EUSSR we’d better both get used to it..
    I’m not only sorry…..I’m deeply ashamed.

  5. 5 John D 22/07/2012 at 3:09 pm

    Haven’t the Gibraltarians heard London has an Olympics going on and the laughingly termed HM Government is dismantling Britains armed forces as fast as it thinks it can get away with.
    Ships withdrawn, personnel sacked, after compulsory G4S duty of course, but it’s more about priototies dear boy.
    The defence secretary has just seen he first American stealth fighter to fly in RAF colours perform for him in America and the MOD are now deliberating shoving a nuclear missile tube or three into an Astute hull to kill two birds with one stone as it were.
    HMS costa bloody fortune is sailing around the Falklands allegedly to show the Argies whose boss and the Navy’s biggest warship HMS Ocean is moored in the Thames as a floating heliport.
    We have a couple of other vessels sailing under the EU flag protecting world food aid ships off Somalia and that is just about it.

    So you see there simply isn’t the will, the vessels, the people, the cash, the mentality, the intelligence within government to do anything to remotely upset those lovely Spaniards people or their Civil Guards whose resemblance to Somalian pirates grows by the day.
    Perhaps we could ask the Russians to pop along and deal with them in the same way they do with the Somalis.

    I loathe what the country has become under the EU quislings that have been ever present since Heath lied his way into the history books. It has been a deliberate policy of divide and conquer which has worked all too well.

  6. 6 Joe Public 22/07/2012 at 5:42 pm

    The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy.

    These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the modern Spanish fleet can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

  7. 7 Aragorn 23/07/2012 at 8:14 pm

    Whats happened to the Gibraltar guard boat ?
    It used to patrol the loop 24/7 and stop things like this happening ?

  8. 8 Steven Sotc Moon 23/07/2012 at 10:57 pm

    If our so called government had brains then we would of sent a few vessels to kick there sorry butts for you.

  9. 9 Brian H 24/07/2012 at 10:22 am

    “Steven Sotc Moon 23/07/2012 at 10:57 pm

    If our so called government had brains then we would of sent a few vessels to kick there sorry butts for you.”

    For someone who uses a pic of Winnie as an avatar, you don’t gots such a good grip on HM English, doos ya?

    –would have
    –their sorry

  10. 10 Brian H 24/07/2012 at 10:28 am

    for future reference, there are NO instances (none, zero, not any) where would, could, or should is grammatically followed by “of”. Can’t happen. It’s “have”.

    (I’m not including the inserted phrases like “of course” or “of necessity”, etc.)

  11. 11 Spanish people 26/07/2012 at 1:23 pm

    If you read the Treaty of Utrecht understand that do not have territorial waters nor right to them, even wishing to address Spanish ships, also remind you that Gibraltar is in the process of decolonization as Europe

  12. 12 Sebastian Weetabix 27/07/2012 at 7:07 am

    The Rock Apes are a bunch of thieving smuggling scumbags who frankly deserve this treatment from the Guardia Civil. We don’t police them properly so we might as well let the Spanish do it.

  13. 13 Vanessa 17/08/2012 at 11:21 am

    You can see this “damp rag” of a PM standing up to Spain – a fellow EU member!? I don’t think so.

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