The problem is an international one which needs co-operation between all the countries in the area. Such co-operation is not going to be promoted by the vindictive action of the Spanish authorities in slapping renewed restrictions on traffic crossing the border between Gibraltar and Spain - action which is irrelevant to the problem of controlling drug-running between Morocco and Spain.
lt is nonsense to maintain that the health of the Gibraltar economy is intimately connected with the activities of smugglers - except in the negative sense that such activities damage the territory's reputation and undermine business confidence. By exaggerating these activities you only exacerbate that damage.
William E Quantrill
Bradford-on Avon, Wiltshire
The writer was Deputy Governor of Gibraltar, 1988-1990Reuse content