It is a common charge of the Gibraltar government, at least it is one that I commonly hear, that they don’t live up to their label as ‘socialists’. Of course, the government is not a socialist one; it is an alliance between a socialist party and a liberal party. Having said that, the main party of governance labels itself as ‘socialist’, without too much challenge as to what is meant by that. Any socialists will know that the left-wing of the political spectrum, if we should abide by that at all, has many shades of red. This reflects the intellectual and academic muscle of Marxism and its branches, but sadly it also reflects the bastardisation of ‘socialist’ communication by totalitarian regimes and despots.