Deceiver Britannia

<em>Gibraltar thinks it'll be given back. Spain and Britain signed an extradition treaty
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When the empire faltered,

We were Rock Gibraltar,

We were the salt of the earth, you might say;

Each time they checked,

Or called a new inspection,

There was protection in our Spanish hideaway:

And even Maggie would have made it plain

That we could save our ill-gotten gain.

Oh, we fear they've done a deal with Spain -

Deceiver Britannia!

We're tossed down the Costa Brava drain -

Deceiver Britannia!

If you extradite, we'll fight the law,

And our plan is cannier -

We'll bundle Blunkett out the door -

Britannia, sack Jack Straw!

This article first appeared in the 03 December 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Who needs 12 when one will do?