A message from your party leader
Five years ago I decided to join politics in Gibraltar because I felt I could bring something new to the electorate and to politics locally. I wanted to understand the people in our society and what their genuine needs were. I felt that there was a large degree of disenfranchisement in Gibraltar between the electorate and the political class.
We believe it's time for genuine change in Gibraltar. People are tired of the tribal two party system largely controlled by lawyers and law firms. Gibraltar is desperately looking for representatives who understand their people and people are wanting to genuinely understand and trust their politicians and elected representatives.
We truly believe that democracy does not begin and end at the polling stations on Election Day but that a vibrant democracy needs an equally vibrant civil society, grass roots movements, activism, and engagement and public participation.
Over the last year we have provided this civil platform of participation to hundreds of people in Gibraltar. We have brought issues to the forefront that no one would dare to talk about, such as those of women’s reproductive rights, the environmental dangers in our surroundings, and confronting government’s lack of transparency, from the £300million loan that we are in the dark about, to the dubious practices within the Calpe House Charity.
We believe that we have been successful in our mission to bring politics back to our people. We believe that we have thrived in exciting our citizens with the reality that they too can be in the decision-making processes that shape our society.
As a Member of Parliament, we put forward grassroots proposals and initiatives on matters of public interest to Parliament, generating both social and parliamentary debate. We did this via a motion following the environment debate that we held. Also, the gender issues debate taught us a lot about what where we are at in relation to the rest of the western world, and what needs doing in order to bring us up to date and in line with modern democracies on the gender equality front.
The primary aim of Together Gibraltar has been and continues to be, to listen learn and represent!! And I am proud that we have done that and recruited a group of leaders who have found their civil and political home with us.
Our history as a civil society movement will continue to define our party going forward. We will encourage grass roots participation and continue developing close ties with the community.
We believe democracy is more than placing a vote every four years. We want members to vote on the party’s important decisions, and, once in government, will create mechanisms and channels of communication to facilitate a closer social dialogue.
Gibraltar requires politicians that are constructive, open minded and pragmatic, that listen to the people they represent and aspire to solve their problems, instead of creating new ones. We cannot allow division to continue to hinder the proper functioning of this community. There are urgent reforms which are not being executed due to partisan agendas; issues of state that should be tackled from a unified, cross- party front. We will try to build consensus with all political forces to tackle these issues.
Our party stands for zero tolerance to socio-cultural intolerance, free from racial, cultural, gender-based or class-based prejudice and bias. We will continue to fight for equality like we have as civic platform, standing firm against views from a bygone that have been holding members of our community back. Together Gibraltar will finally provide a truly progressive political option that will enfranchise our youth and show that Gibraltar’s civil rights are on an upward curve.
The creation of this party does not mean an end to grass roots participation and people power. We still want your energy, your ideas and your support. In fact, we need it more than ever. Without you, without the participation and support of all those who agree in this style of politics, there can be no meaningful change. Together Gibraltar is still your home, but we now aspire to make it a home for all of those who believe in a better Gibraltar.
The Together Gibraltar Party aspires to better represent the diversity of our community through inclusion and outreach. Together we can build an inclusive democracy that represents we the people, not just the wealthy special interests; in which people of all walks of life, professional backgrounds, gender, race, class, sexual orientation etc. can be inspired to run for office and provide their insight and talents.
Corruption and transparency cannot be an issue of faith. We cannot expect politicians to break away from long-standing, corrupt practices on good will alone, from within a political ecosystem that is a corrupting force. We will strive for legislation that guarantees the fairness and transparency of our political system so we no longer have to rely on promises and good faith.