• Dialogue must be three way

    Dialogue must be three way

    • July 13, 2017

    There was understandable unease here yesterday about the prospect of Spain’s King Felipe raising Gibraltar during a speech to the UK Parliament at the start of his state visit to Britain. Given Spain’s approach to Gibraltar in recent years, the possibility of a reference to the Rock during an address to the mother of all

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: The loneliness of leadership

    #ThinkingAllowed: The loneliness of leadership

    • July 13, 2017

    It’s a week since we woke up to the news that Daniel Feetham was resigning as Leader of the GSD.  The shock that wasn’t really a shock.  The resignation that really wasn’t that unexpected.   This is not about Daniel Feetham failing.  As he said “the time for Danny Feetham has gone” – the reality is

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  • And then there were five…

    And then there were five…

    • July 7, 2017

    In my opinion As Harold Macmillan is purported to have replied when asked what a prime minister most feared: “Events, dear boy, events”. Well, it’s events that have prompted me to interrupt my summer break and put pen to paper again earlier than planned. Back in April in this column I mused on what I

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  • Family time

    Family time

    • July 7, 2017

    Daniel Feetham’s decision to step down as leader of his party was no surprise to anyone fine-tuned to the minutiae of local politics. It was a decision that had been brewing for months, but one that was accelerated by events during last week’s budget session. Mr Feetham is not to everyone’s liking. No top-level frontline

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  • The Gibraltar Development Plan, all bark and no bite?

    The Gibraltar Development Plan, all bark and no bite?

    • July 3, 2017

    By Nicholas Culatto A very interesting article by Eyleen Sheil was published a few weeks ago in which the Development Plan and the effect of the Development Plan was considered. I completely agree with Mrs Sheil’s view that the DPC is continually faced with, as she describes it, the difficult dilemma of having to balance

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  • Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce responds to 2017 budget

    Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce responds to 2017 budget

    • June 29, 2017

    The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Chief Minister’s 2017 budget speech as it clearly illustrates, once again, that the private sector is the engine of the economy and is driving Gibraltar’s growth, success and prosperity. The continued confidence which has been shown by investors and companies in Gibraltar, particularly since last year’s EU referendum

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  • 2017 Budget analysis

    2017 Budget analysis

    • June 29, 2017

    By Neil Rumford This was of course a pre-Brexit budget, nevertheless the Chief Minister’s address retained an upbeat theme throughout. Few tax-related changes were announced – with relatively low tax rates and tax revenue showing a steady upwards trend, the phrase “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” springs to mind. Small, inflationary increases were

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  • Were we ready?

    Were we ready?

    • June 18, 2017

    In a three-part series for the Chronicle, Kenneth Asquez, a registered FA Intermediary, looks back at Gibraltar’s entry into international football, and offers a few ideas for the future. LONDON, Friday 24th May 2013. The venue is the Grosvenor Hotel. By an overwhelming majority of 98.25% of the votes, Gibraltar’s entry into the highest level

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  • Political turmoil and a silver lining

    Political turmoil and a silver lining

    • June 10, 2017

    Theresa May called the June 8 election in the hope of securing a stronger hand as the UK went into Brexit talks. Instead, the Conservatives have come out weakened and there is a question mark over the Prime Minister’s future. Short of a parliamentary majority, Mrs May is clinging to an alliance with the Democratic

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  • Safety and security are community issues

    Safety and security are community issues

    • June 10, 2017

    By Frankie Hatton After the atrocities in London, the Gibraltar Government and the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) have stepped up the visible campaign as well as security for locals and visitors alike. A walk down Main Street will see police vehicles parked at both ends and concrete bollards along the street, particularly at road crossing

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  • Wake up call

    Wake up call

    • June 9, 2017

    The death of a police officer in La Linea on Wednesday puts into sharp focus the risks that law enforcement agents on both sides of the border face daily. The officer, named yesterday as 46-year old Victor Sánchez, was tackling a suspected tobacco smuggler when he was hit by a police van involved in the

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  • Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    • June 7, 2017

    With the UK general election taking place tomorrow I thought I’d share some of my early memories of covering elections in Gibraltar. My first, in 1988, was held amid a sense that the end of an era was at hand. Led by Sir Joshua Hassan the AACR had, except for a two-year period, governed continuously

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