WHEN the Spanish authorities decided to enforce spot checks on the border with Gibraltar, most observers thought that the delays would be over by summer.
The common consensus was that this was a political ploy from Madrid to draw attention away from the financial scandals that threaten to engulf Mariano Rajoy’s ruling Partido Popular.
But to the horror of many, the delays have continued and if anything the Spanish have stepped up their actions, the latest tactic being to search the bags of pedestrians, resulting in long queues.
One of the worst of these occurred on evening of December 2, when Spanish authorities decided to search the bags of those leaving Gibraltar, despite the fact that there was a storm blowing.
Women, children and the elderly were forced to queue with no shelter in 50 mph winds and rain and with night approaching.
That there was no flare up of violence speaks volumes of the patience of those who have to cross the frontier every day.
The same tactic was undertaken on Sunday 8 and again on Monday evening, with the wait sometimes lasting up to two hours.