April 06, 2019
I always maintained that to entrust Elliot Phillips to shadow labour was a huge mistake on the part of his party. They were asking him to bite more than he could chew. His latest salvo on the advisability of using frontier workers as bargaining chips in our negotiations with Spain tells the whole story and marks the difference between a party like the GSLP that knows the difference between human beings and chattel and one that still does not seem to be aware that we assumed the sense of human values dictated by the age of reason centuries ago.
Elliot may not be aware of it but human beings ceased to be considered chattel with the abolition of slavery. The above, apparent GSD philosophy, suffices to understand the difficulties the amateurs in the aspiring party have to scratch votes from the sectors that have to toil to make a living.
Unite, rightly, became irate at Elliot’s suggestion and have lambasted him. This newspaper also supports Unite’s press release which we print below.
Unite Raises Concerns with Elliott Phillips’ Comments in Parliament
At a time when extreme right wing politics is flourishing in Europe, Unite the Union views with extreme concerns the comments made by the leader of opposition, Elliott Phillips during the Parliamentary session of 25th March 2019
Today we are seeing how an extreme right wing party in Spain, Vox, is influencing the political agenda of other political parties like, Ciudadanos and El Partido Popular in issues like gender politics and Immigration.
We cannot allow for Politicians in Gibraltar to fall into the traps being set by far right ideologists who are today negatively influencing individuals at a local level and in particular in Social Media, with policies of hatred and divide that affect all working people.
Therefore, Unite rejects the comments made in parliament, namely those that propose we should hold a section of the working class to ransom by suggesting they are used as a bargaining chip. This unnecessary creation of hatred between two communities will not benefit Gibraltar’s economic, social or political survival and will prove detrimental to the workers and business community in Gibraltar.