The cost to the economy of the recent power cuts must have been enormous. All the private sector, that is so reliant on electrical power to make money, out of action for several hours; before anyone comments so what, think about it, salaries and expenses have to be paid without any ability to earn the income or to replace it as lost hours are gone for ever.
The reason: a technical failure in a cable. The question: why are there no back up systems? I don't ask it for any technical explanations, as to why it cannot be, but rather with a view to a solution because the private sector, that supports all the public sector, simply cannot afford to come to a grinding halt.
It seems to me that having a monopoly supplier of electricity (and water but let us leave that one to one side) is not of benefit to consumers in any market. Let us not go into that argument. Let us assume that it is absolutely necessary in such a small territory to allow that monopoly.
What about making arrangements to have a supply of electricity from Spain? OK, OK, lets all scream from the hymn sheet ... we cannot rely on Spain for our essential services. Let us forget, for one moment, that in fact the fuel to run our essential services is imported from Spain, so we are dependant on Spain anyway. Let us forget that, if Spain becomes hostile, we get left without much of an economy. A large proportion of Gibraltar's economy is reliant on cross-frontier access. Let us accept the political argument and imperative that we need to be self sufficient in the provision of essential services.
Why, I ask myself, cannot Gibraltar have its brand spanking new power station and, in addition, connect to the Spanish electricity supply grid? Would this not mean that Gibraltar can sell to Spain, when Gibraltar has spare capacity and buy from Spain as and when need arises or circumstances require? And, possibly, I do not know, electricity might be cheaper in Gibraltar as a result. Then, if there is ever a problem with our power station, our economy can continue to function because we have an alternative electricity supply. I understand that this type of arrangement is very common in the EU.