• Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    • March 28, 2017

    New EU rules requiring tighter checks at Schengen borders will come into force on April 7, but there is still little clarity as to how Spain will implement the changes at its frontier with Gibraltar. The amendment to the Schengen Border Code was first proposed in the wake of terrorist attacks in 2015. After nearly

  • #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    • March 25, 2017

    Is the romance, such as it was, between Fabian Picardo and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over? Listening to the Chief Minister on GBC’s Direct Democracy programme last week it would seem so. When the UK as a whole voted in last year’s EU Referendum to leave the European Union Gibraltar was left casting about

  • ‘Red Len’s’ message to the Rock

    ‘Red Len’s’ message to the Rock

    • March 22, 2017

    By Len McClusky Gibraltar is uniquely exposed to the hard Brexit being pursued by Theresa May as she prepares to trigger Article 50. The implications for Unite members here are deep and serious. The extent of trade and social links between Gibraltar and Spain present the Rock’s industries with profound challenges. Unite members, Gibraltar residents,

  • #ThinkingAllowed: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    #ThinkingAllowed: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    • March 19, 2017

    The runway incident led to a serious and tense situation both on the day and its immediate aftermath. The worsening of any diplomatic row has been avoided thanks to one of the most powerful words in the English language. Whether you agree or not with the handling of this situation the apology from the senior

  • #Stephen’sNiche: A cold assignment in London

    #Stephen’sNiche: A cold assignment in London

    • March 18, 2017

    Last week I shared with you some of my reminiscences of the IRA shootings that took place in Gibraltar in March 1988 and the ensuing inquest. Both were big stories of course but my baptism of fire – not the most appropriate description as you’ll see when you read on – had come the year

  • Solid assurances, but an uncertain future

    Solid assurances, but an uncertain future

    • March 17, 2017

    Gibraltarians might be forgiven for being circumspect when it comes to believing assurances from the British Government. For many, the memory of the failed 2002 joint sovereignty proposal still lingers like a bad hangover, while recent incidents like the MoD runway episode do little to foster confidence. But in fairness, as the UK heads toward

  • Queen’s Commonwealth Day message in full

    Queen’s Commonwealth Day message in full

    • March 13, 2017

    This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next 12 months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Gunshots and news values on a sunny spring day

    • March 13, 2017

    Twenty-nine years ago last week the peace and tranquility that characterise Gibraltar were rudely shattered by one of the most disturbing incidents in our modern history. On Sunday 6th of March 1988, a beautiful sunny day, soldiers of the elite SAS regiment who’d been undercover on the Rock for a week shot dead three members

  • #ThinkingAllowed: ‘I’ll add you on Facebook’

    #ThinkingAllowed: ‘I’ll add you on Facebook’

    • March 10, 2017

    For many of us social media is a way to stay in touch with the people we care about. Now that I’m in London, I find it a good link to home and I use Facebook and Whatsapp to write and hear from family and friends. I was at a party recently. It had the

  • For young offenders, custody must be the last resort

    • March 7, 2017

    The UK’s Sentencing Council has today published new guidelines for sentencing young offenders. The principles that underpin them should offer food for thought here too. The latest guidelines set out how courts should consider mitigating circumstances which may indicate an “unstable upbringing” when determining punishments for children and teenagers aged between 10 and 17. The

  • The joy of books

    The joy of books

    • March 2, 2017

    One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was to “read and travel”. It’s the same advice I pass on when asked. My niece Aimee, who is in Middle School, has been telling me about a recent shopping trip. She did so with a huge sense of excitement, showing me a number

  • A moral duty to Gibraltar

    A moral duty to Gibraltar

    • March 2, 2017

    The report of the EU Select Committee in the House of Lords does a good job of summarising the key Brexit challenges facing Gibraltar. The peers on the committee have understood with clarity and independence why Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to back Remain. They are keenly aware of the potential impact of Brexit not just on

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