La Treizième Étoile: 22/09/13 - 29/09/13 Blog Archives
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UKIP MEP praises Spain for 'greatest illusion since the days of Harry Houdini' after EC visit to Gibraltar border

Thursday, 26 September 2013
UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, William, the Earl of Dartmouth, has praised the Spanish government for carrying out ‘the greatest illusion since the days of Harry Houdini’ following the fact-finding visit by European Commission officials to the Gibraltar/Spain border on 25 September.

It is astonishing that Spain can make vanish massive traffic jams that took up to seven hours to clear and keep a straight face at the same time,he said in a statement. “Just days before a fact- finding team from the European Commission arrive in Gibraltar to see the chaos caused by Spain all the queues disappear as if by magic.

One can only wonder why Spain did not use the system of pulling cars out of line to check them for contraband over the past few weeks.

The Earl added that the Commission would have obtained a fuller picture had it not refused to speak to residents and the media: “The worrying thing about this whole exercise is that it now seems as though the focus is upon smuggling and not the main issues of harassment both on land and sea by the Spanish Government.

I will be writing as a matter of urgency to the Commission urging them to concentrate on the real issues here and to be more honest and transparent both with the media and the residents of Gibraltar.


Plans for a lending 'bank' of EU regional funding for Cornish businesses welcomed by SW MEP

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
A proposed new lending 'bank’ for Cornwall has the backing of MEP Sir Graham Watson.

Under proposals by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), more than £100 million pounds of EU funding already allocated to the region could go into setting up an institution that will be able to quickly supply European money to start-up businesses and companies looking to expand into the county.

The idea is that money paid back can be loaned out again to other firms and kept circulating in the local economy. Liberal Democrat Sir Graham welcomes the plans, but says local businesses must be on board too. His interview with Europe&You:


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