Gibraltar: The Most Happy Colony

"Why, sir!" exploded the British governor when a Spanish general threatened to attack Gibraltar in 1748. "If you dare give me any more of your damned nonsense, I will kick you from Hell to Hackney." In the 260 years since Admiral Sir George Rooke captured the Rock from Spain, the kicking match has gone on almost nonstop. Last week, when General Francisco Franco opened his umpteenth campaign to regain the terrain for Spain, the British were ready with both feet.

Before the United Nations Decolonization Committee, Britain's Cecil King reasoned that it...

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