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Old Apr 14th 2013, 8:51 pm
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La Linea hostage to Madrid, not Gibraltar,
says mayoress

By David Eade
I wrote here recently how Madrid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs specifically was attacking the mayor of La Línea, Gemma Araujo, for her friendship with Gibraltar. In the numerous diatribes against her Margallo and his henchpeople had accused Araujo of being a hostage to Gibraltar.
Now the brave Araujo, who has daily to confront financial and social meltdown in the border town, admits yes she and La Línea are hostages. However they are not hostages to Gibraltar but to Spain’s policies against the Rock which ironically are hitting our neighbour harder than they are us.

On Friday the news headlines in the local Spanish media were that the border queues had returned. The majority of us were unaware they had ever gone away. I was chatting to some Gibraltarians on Wednesday who said that if they were crossing in to Spain by car they just accepted there would be a queue somewhere along the way.

Araujo has blamed this third world border chaos introduced by Madrid to hit Gibraltar of having a far worse effect on her town. Apart from the fact that thousands of Spaniards from La Línea are having their daily journey to and from work disrupted the town’s businesses are being hit badly too. Gibraltarians, who have the money to spend in La Línea’s shops, bars and restaurants – whereas many linenses haven’t, are simply staying away because they don’t want the hassle.

The mayor attacked the Partido Popular Government’s policies stating: “El tema de la intensificación de las colas me parece brutal” adding that both the people of La Línea and Gibraltar were being held hostage by the Spanish State’s policies. Araujo has again gone on the attack because she says she is not going to be passive whilst the Spanish Government inflicts serious wounds on its own people, her people.
Araujo insists it is this increasingly disruptive policies at the border affecting people entering and leaving Gibraltar that is having a major negative effect over her municipality. La Línea is nearly down and out thanks to the economic crisis and the misdeeds of previous local Partido Popular – GIL administrations.

These are not just the mayor’s words or rants. The Asociación de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa, Apymell, has been shouting out to anybody wishing to hear that its members are in deep trouble because of the lack of Gibraltarian customers.
Last Tuesday I wrote here: “A poor and politically unstable Andalucía and wider Spain impacts on us in all sorts of ways including the political. The kneejerk reaction of Partido Popular and other politicians of the right is to bring Gibraltar down to the Campo’s level and not to raise that area up to our own. Hence the inexplicable emphasis on attempting to ruin our economy, which is the powerhouse of the bay zone, at the very time when a strong Gibraltar offers hope to the unemployed and struggling businesses across the fence.”

This latter point is perfectly illustrated by the words of Apymell and Araujo. Madrid’s policies against Gibraltar are biting but not here where we are well used to such inconveniences but in La Línea which is already in a state of collapse. The more Madrid strikes at Gibraltar it is not here but in the border town where they feel the full force of the Partido Popular’s blows.

15-04-13

http://www.panorama.gi/localnews/hea...10094&offset=0
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Old Apr 17th 2013, 7:25 am
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Got to wonder just what sort of clowns are in charge in Madrid ?
I didn't think it remotely possible that this shower could be any more stupid than the last, but looking at the number of times they've already shot themselves in the foot it seems they're out to prove me completely wrong.
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is this really a problem with politicians rather a problem with civil servants.??

thinking of "Yes Minister", the civil servants are the ones who run the country, the politicians are the ones who are seen waffling.
the civil servants impose from the background the policy following a long term plan that is centuries old.

so probably someone somewhere 300 years ago started a campaign which is still running......
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