I woke up this morning in the Galician town of Bezantos in Northern Spain – where my cousin is getting married. Almost all of the Spanish newspapers have the ‘Gibraltar’ crisis on the front page. Gibraltar, a rocky peninsula of the South Coast of Spain is British Overseas Territory. There is an escalating tension between the governments of Britain and Spain triggered by the laying of an artificial reef in the sea off Gibraltar to enhance fishing. The Spanish channels and papers carry pictures today of a Spanish police diving crew who went into the sea yesterday to measure the size of the blocks, and somehow were pictured unfurling a Spanish Flag underwater. Talking to the hotel owner today and to some of the locals – they are not interested in the slightest. A thing for the ‘politicos’ they say not the common people. They are much more interested in the unveiling this weekend of a British footballer who has just been purchased for a world record price of £85 million by Real Madrid
Contrast with the wedding today of my cousin from London with Natalia whose family is Galician. Her parents emigrated to London for work and have since retired and moved back to their beloved Galicia. Nat works as a doctor in the UK. It has been a real privilege preparing this couple who are deeply in love. This is also a testament to how immigration has a wonderful and powerful effect of integrating cultures. Love of neighbour is much more powerful and important than love of patria or country. Today will be a memorable day for our family – and a nice counterbalance to the nonsense that some of our politicians are up to.