Apr 23 2014

Gareth Says: The Island of Gibraltar…IT’S NOT AN ISLAND!

gareth_thomas_headshotGareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, writes in his blog this week about Gibraltar, and how the UK Government seems to be ignoring events out there. In it, he says: “Whilst I’ve travelled twice to the island in the last six months, unfortunately no Foreign Office Minister has visited the island since the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo formed his administration in 2011.”

Whoa… wait a minute. Gibraltar ISN’T an island, according to the Government of Gibraltar’s website:

It is easy to think of Gibraltar as an island although it is not. At times during the evolution of the world, between Ice Ages, it was an island thanks to rising sea levels. The last time this happened was possibly 120 thousand years ago and about the same time prehistoric man arrived on the scene. Since then Gibraltar has become a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus – the very piece of land traversed by the airport runway.

Gareth, of course, is the Shadow Minister for Europe – and Gibraltar has been in the European Union since 1973 – so perhaps Gareth is using an atlas 120 thousand years out of date.

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  1. Marcello Borgese

    Having recently returned from a trip to Gib I can confirm it is indeed not an island. I can also confirm that lengthy delays at the border with Spain persist. Remind me, what was the point of being in the EU again?

    I would suggest to GT MP that next time he’s there to pop into the tourist information office for advice, and then he can have a picture taken of himself standing outside it.

  2. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    He’s probably being a bit distracted bearing in mind he’s chair of the Co-op party and Labour announced today they’re severing all links with the Co-op!

  3. jp hobbs

    Well that should improve the Co Ops standing !!!!!

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