Discussion of the UK Government
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By Abernathy
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Christ knows the last three years have been enough of a nightmare replay of the first term of Thatcherism from 1979 to 1983.

I don't think my sanity could stand it if there's a fucking re-run of the Falklands bollocks in Gibraltar that allows the gammon robot back in with a landslide.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blo ... peter-hain
By new puritan
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Don't think either side is stupid enough to let this get out of hand tbh. It looks to me like two unpopular governments (the Spanish government, to be fair, being more unpopular than our own and embroiled in a massive corruption scandal) are just doing a bit of "hold me back!" posturing.
 
By Abernathy
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Indeed. I keep telling myself that Spain won't invade Gibraltar and Shiny Dave won't send a task force that'll kick Spanish arse and get him a landslide in 2015, but ludicrous as it is, the notion won't go away.
 
By Abernathy
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The Falklands War was also basically two struggling right-wing governments trying artificially to boost their popularity, was it not ? (Thatch succeeded, Galtieri did not).
By JuanTwoThree
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After 20 years in Spain, I can confidently say that there is a great deal of cynicism around whenever the Gib card is played: most people know that its playing coincides with something nasty bubbling up internally (corruption this time). The Socialists and the left alliance, as well as the various nationalists (most people, in other words) are calling it something like "rancid and tinged with Francoism".

The only people who have challenged me about Gibraltar have been aggressive, drunk and on the ultra-right (usually all at once).
By Fozzy
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It doesn't appear that the Mail and Express, in their hankerings after another war with Johnny Foreigner, have really thought things through. If it ever did happen, we'd have a million British expats back on British soil and complaining like hell because their investments have just gone through the floor, and most of them Mail/Express readers at that.
 
By Timbo
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Fozzy wrote:It doesn't appear that the Mail and Express, in their hankerings after another war with Johnny Foreigner, have really thought things through. If it ever did happen, we'd have a million British expats back on British soil and complaining like hell because their investments have just gone through the floor, and most of them Mail/Express readers at that.
Who would then be lawfully declined NHS services, following Mail-won ID checks in hospitals.
 
By Kreuzberger
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This Fabian Picardo sounds like a total Bloom. I heard him being interviewed on GMS on Radio Scotland earlier in the week and the gist of his argument was that - and I paraphrase - the "Spanish" have started this spat by sending in a fisherman who isn't really a fisherman but a nefarious smuggler who does no trawling to such a point that the bay is now over-fished. Hence, needing to pour a gazillion tonnes of concrete in to the water.

Would the British people swallow armed conflict in defence of a handful of betting shops and plucky tax-dodgers against a nation whose people are unremittingly hospitable to their tourist guests? I have my doubts.
By JuanTwoThree
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Cameron gets popular with the sabre-rattlers in UK, Rajoy milks a different teat of the same cow in Spain. It all settles down until the next time. Done deal.
 
By Cyclist
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Messianic Trees wrote:British warships set sail for Gibraltar in show of strength as diplomatic row with Spain over border controls deepens

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z2bPITVcLQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The Fail aren't telling the whole truth here :shock:

It's what's known as a 'Cougar' deployment for a series of exercises in the Med and the Gulf region. And it happens every year. :roll:
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