It is a wonder that there is a need for a Parliament, in its current form, in Gibraltar any longer. The Government breezes on doing what it wishes. The GSD Opposition, under the leadership (is it leadership?) of Keith Azopardi, continues to receive its salaries and do … exactly what?
The absence of any real Opposition, on top of the built-in institutionalised disadvantages of our parliamentary system, means that the end of politics, in the democratic sense, has arrived, unless people save it.
What we have is the ability of a GSLP-Liberal (who are this Liberal party?) Government to meander on, unopposed, doing as it pleases in every area that pleases it, without fear of being defeated, either in Parliament or in a general election.
There is evident increased public dissatisfaction with the Government, yet there is no alternative for whom electors can vote.
A SAD EXAMPLE – GIBRALTAR IS LIVING ON AN OVERDRAFT
What a sad situation. An example of this state of affairs is in order.
At the end of last week, we have the Chief Minister announcing in Parliament that the Government has spent £138 million more than it received in the last year. In short, our government has spent more than it has earned; so, Gibraltar is living on an overdraft.
That deficit is understandable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not unique, most countries in the world face similar or worse financial outcomes.
HOW WILL IT BE REDUCED IN SUCH A SHORT TIME?
What is less understandable, and certainly not explained beyond it being dependent on the Government meeting its predicted spending and revenue targets, a huge ‘IF’, is how this deficit will be reduced to the Government’s boasted £51 million in the coming year.
Further, for it to achieve the Government’s stated objective of being in the black in the next 24 months.
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