• #ThinkingAllowed: Is the Cavalcade dying a slow death?

    #ThinkingAllowed: Is the Cavalcade dying a slow death?

    • January 20, 2017

    The cavalcade will slowly die – unless we do something about it. For years now the quality of the event has been on the decline, in sharp contrast to the numbers who line the streets to witness the parade which seems to be either steady or perhaps even on the up! Thousands of people view

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  • The issue is the border

    The issue is the border

    • January 19, 2017

    When it comes to Brexit, there is one challenge facing Gibraltar that overrides everything else: the border. Theresa May’s speech this week set out 12 key goals that Britain will focus on in forthcoming negotiations with the EU, many of them important to Gibraltar. Britain will leave the single market, while seeking as much access

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  • Opposing and proposing in 2017

    Opposing and proposing in 2017

    • January 13, 2017

    By Marlene Hassan Nahon   I have decided to resist the temptation to use this message to reflect on the last twelve months. I am sure that the last thing you all want is yet another reminder of the challenging year that 2016 was. Instead, I think it is important that we look forwards with

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  • 2017: ‘A seminal moment in Gibraltar’s political history’

    2017: ‘A seminal moment in Gibraltar’s political history’

    • January 11, 2017

    2016 was a tumultuous year around the whole world. And yet in Gibraltar, we have been able to enjoy the recent Christian Christmas and Jewish Hannukah feasts in peace and surrounded by plentiful abundance. The same has been true for those who have celebrated Muslim, Hindu and other feasts earlier in the year. Each year,

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  • Cannabis debate needs adult approach

    Cannabis debate needs adult approach

    • January 9, 2017

    by David Hughes Cannabis should not be decriminalised for personal use. It should be legalised. Decriminalisation would not make the sale or use of cannabis lawful – it would merely remove any criminal penalty attaching to the use or sale (depending on the extent of the decriminalisation). What is the point of that? If cannabis

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Upset we missed out on top gongs? Get nominating.

    • January 9, 2017

    Yet again the New Year honours awards are a kick in the teeth for our community. No CBE. No OBE. No MBE. I think that makes my point quite clear, doesn’t it? The controversy is not only in Gibraltar, in the UK there is also a feeling some brilliant people have been ignored. But, numerous

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: ​Facebook trivia means all’s well

    #ThinkingAllowed: ​Facebook trivia means all’s well

    • December 29, 2016

    For years it was a stereotype of beauty pageants. We would sneer at the comment.  It featured as a running joke in the movie Miss Congeniality.  So what happened to wishing above all else for world peace? As we reflect on the outrageous year that 2016 has been I cannot help but thinking how blessed

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  • Governor’s Christmas message

    Governor’s Christmas message

    • December 27, 2016

    by Lieutenant General Edward Davis, the Governor of Gibraltar As Lorraine and I approach the end of our first year on the Rock, may I first, take this opportunity to say how deeply humbled, and forever grateful, we are for the Gibraltarian People’s embracing friendship, and your generosity of spirit and deed, from the moment

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  • A child’s Christmas in Windmill Hill prison

    A child’s Christmas in Windmill Hill prison

    • December 20, 2016

    A case in the juvenile court recently put a spotlight on the challenges facing this community in dealing with persistent young offenders, many of them with troubled backgrounds. The juvenile in question is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Despite his very young age, he has already amassed a history of repeat offending and

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: A duty of care

    #ThinkingAllowed: A duty of care

    • December 15, 2016

    Health care service should not be a lottery.  It should not be a lucky dip for patients either.  At first glance the recent survey by a doctor(s) makes for worrying reading.  But, what lies beyond the statistics and headlines? I have always thought that in Gibraltar we are very lucky with our GHA.  In the

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Fake news and fake lives

    • December 11, 2016

    Wow! More than 130 people ‘liked’ my latest Facebook picture. Is it a reflection of popularity? Absolutely not!   Unfortunately, we have developed a sense of false belief that our social media presence is a true reflection of who we are, how many friends we have and how happy we are.  It is not. Whilst

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Local legends I admired

    • December 6, 2016

    When I came to London one of the things I was sure about was that I did not want to lose my strong links with Gibraltar. That is why I try to follow as much local news as I can during the week. The internet allows me to do this in various forms.  Unfortunately, over the past

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