The "Self-Determination is Democracy" slogan which proclaimed our right to self-determination no longer features on our National Day flag that dominates the purposely-built stage.
Is this because we no longer have Democracy?
For, as far as self-determination goes, the SDGG state, "Our political status today is as colonial as it always has been. If a political rally takes place at Casemates on September 10, it will presumably be a Government event claiming that we have achieved decolonisation".
The NGD National Day message states, " The political theme of National Day since it was conceived in 1992 has always been the cause of Gibraltarian self-determination. Ten months ago we were called to a referendum to approve a new constitution. The process of public information and consultation was brief and littered with incidents (including interference from the Government appointed Board of GBC). First we were told that this exercise was an act of self-determination but when the people started asking questions, the politicians re-packaged the Constitution as mere progress on the road to self-determination".
The National Day Message from Keith Azopardi states, "Even though we have a new Constitution, this year is no different to any other in the sense that our right to self-determination remains under assault from Spain. Several instances during 2007 have made that clear not least Spain's calls at the United Nations to achieve sovereignty over Gibraltar. The PDP will not be convinced that there is a 'new attitude' in Spain until this is demonstrated by actions not words".
And the Opposition goes on to say, "Last year, on the eve of the Referendum, in October, UK once again submitted at the UN a joint statement with Spain requiring our decolonisation to be negotiated between them, in the spirit of the 1984 Brussels Declaration. So far, there is no indication that the same will not be repeated this coming October. If this happens, it raises a serious question mark over what last year's Referendum achieved. It reinforces Spain's position at the UN, that the modernisation of out constitution has been no different to what is taking place in other British Overseas Territories, which, under international law, all remain listed as Colonies".
The opposition parties seem not to differ in their position regarding our political status on the issue of self-determination. It is only the Government that claims we have achieved decolonisation.