GIBRALTAR has been a melting pot of nationalities and faiths through the centuries.
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim faiths all co-exist while nationalities include British, Moroccan, Spanish, Indian and Pakistani.
When you consider the actual size of the Rock, it is a real testament to the nature of Gibraltar that they all get along and, although relations with Spain may not be at their best at the moment, they are at least small signs that things are improving.
The introduction of a racist party like UKIP could, in theory, upset this balance.
The fact that this is a party that has a strongly pro-British manifesto and that on a recent visit Sean Howlett met with the group ‘Defenders of Gibraltar’ should certainly set off alarm bells in Madrid should they pick up support.
We will await UKIP’s summer launch with interest, but doubt their right wing rants will get them far.