No…this is not an old article from the early sixties … it’s the reality many people have experienced over this past weekend. Although a few Gibraltarians were spotted, it was mainly Spanish nationals that have had to endure up to three hour queues to return home yesterday.
Without explanation “as always” the Guardia Civil have decided to check every vehicle one by one trying to elongate the queue. This has been the trending topic on many social media Gibraltar groups over the weekend, as well as Mr Picardo’s exceptional debate on Saturday night on Spanish TV channel Tele5. El Debate is a Spanish TV programme that debate on many different topics mainly delicate ones; usually at least some of the panel’s participants tend to make highly controversial and inflammatory comments, which help push up the channel’s view stats.
Never before has a Gibraltarian Chief Minister taken part in this type of show, and therefore it was an great opportunity for Mr Picardo to express his views on the latest ‘disputes’ with the Spanish Government, such as the coommercial fishing in British Gibraltar waters issue or Queen Sofia’s absence at Her Majesty’s Jubilee lunch in London. Mr Picardo was interviewed by a panel, one member been Montserrat Suarez Abad, whom has given many, much to talk about. Miss Suarez accused Gibraltar of money laundering and drug dealing, calling it a tax haven; unfortunately she had no proof to back up her accusations. Mr Picardo then explained that Gibraltar is in fact on the OECD white list and not blacklisted as she claimed. Picardo then invited viewers to verify this online. Shortly after his interview he posted the link to the OECD list on his Facebook profile, which confirmed his statement.
Article by PKB
Photo courtesy of Natalie Sarantos