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‘It's a bit like asking a fisherman not to fish’ - Gibraltar MEP says it’s a little odd to be told to stay out of local politics

Monday, 25 March 2013
Liberal Democrat MEP for Gibraltar Sir Graham Watson has labelled it a little odd to be asked to stay out of local politics by the leader of the Gibraltar opposition Daniel Feetham and stands by the comments he recently made on GBC about former chief minister Peter Caruana.

Responding to Sir Graham’s original comments, Daniel Feetham described it as shameful and unnecessary what Sir Graham had said about the recently-retired former Chief Minister Peter Richard Caruana (referred to below by Mr Feetham as 'PRC'), adding that it broke a long-standing convention that UK frontline politicians do not interfere in local politics.


However, reacting to Mr Feetham, Sir Graham told Gibraltar Panorama: "First of all, I want to say again what an enormous success the Government of Gibraltar's visit to Brussels was last week. We put Gibraltar firmly on the map in the capital of Europe. The previous Government of Gibraltar never sought my assistance on any EU policy issues or a visit to Brussels."

"Regarding the claim that I prevented the former Chief Minister from addressing the European Parliament's Petitions Committee, I can assure Daniel Feetham that I have never been Chairman - or indeed even been a member - of that Committee."

"Finally, asking one of Gibraltar's elected Members of the European Parliament to stay out of Gibraltarian politics is a little odd. It's a bit like asking a fisherman not to fish.

READ ALSO: Gibraltar Panorama: Sir Graham Watson elected to speak on our behalf (26/03)

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