IT does seem that although Vox is not exactly a mainstream party, it is doing a very good job of hogging the headlines in the lead up to the Spanish General Election.
Having managed to unfurl the Spanish flag on the Rock, they obtained their first set of headlines. Then by having Nacho Minguez one of the ring leaders arrested, they received their second set.
Rather than simply ticking him off and sending him home, the Royal Gibraltar Police charged him and when he appeared in court, he was remanded in custody, allowing just 25 members to demonstrate outside the British Embassy in Madrid to gain further publicity.
Now it appears that a member of the Vox legal team, Pedro Fernandez, has been arrested for taking photographs in court, thus giving them even more oxygen and media coverage, with Vox leader Santiago Abascal saying in a statement that “the Foreign Office is not doing everything it can and must, to ensure the end of Nacho Minguez’s kidnapping, now joined by his lawyer.”
A local resident who shouted out “Gibraltar will never be Spanish” was held in contempt of court but was released after a few hours, showing that discretion can be used when appropriate.
Whilst there is little doubt that everything undertaken by the authorities within Gibraltar will have been quite in accordance with regulations, it seems not unreasonable to suggest that this peripheral party, which has few followers, could have been silenced by simply treating them as naughty children rather than imprisoning two of their people.
Gibraltarians may rightly be offended by their action but Spaniards who have not decided how to vote on Sunday might just be tipped towards the party that wants to regain at least joint sovereignty of the Territory, and this case may take on far greater importance than it deserves in the event that the overall referendum result calls for an exit.