• 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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  • The debate on ‘legalising’ of cannabis

    The debate on ‘legalising’ of cannabis

    • December 5, 2016

    by Joe Caruana If the debate on the legalisation of Cannabis is to proceed in a sensible manner it must be borne in mind that there are three (3) elements to this debate. Is the use of Cannabis for medical reasons, in Canada and many States in the USA patients are provided with ‘medical certificates’

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  • Statement from the Minister for Equality on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Statement from the Minister for Equality on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    • December 3, 2016

    By Samantha Sacramento Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As Gibraltar’s first Minster for Equality, I am extremely proud of the substantive work that has been done by our Government and the enormous progress that has been made on disability issues by my Ministry of Equality. This work is diverse and ongoing

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  • Getting things done in Opposition politics

    Getting things done in Opposition politics

    • December 2, 2016

    By Marlene Hassan Nahon At the end of my first year as a parliamentarian, I am increasingly perceiving a growing disenchantment with local politics, particularly regarding the working relationship between both sides of the House. Sadly, the form of politics that consists mainly of ping-pong, back-and-forth mud-slinging matches among politicians has become an almost ingrained

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