• 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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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Local legends I admired

    • December 1, 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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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Lighting the way ahead

    #ThinkingAllowed: Lighting the way ahead

    • November 28, 2016

    There is something magical about Christmas.  Just like me you probably love the lights, the constant happy feeling it brings and feel good factor it generally creates. I must admit though, I would rather there was a more appropriate start date for switching on the lights and for shops to play Christmas songs, like the 1st

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: When politics goes bananas

    #ThinkingAllowed: When politics goes bananas

    • November 22, 2016

    I am still in shock!  It is now just over a week since Donald Trump swept to victory in the US election.  As the world watched him deliver his victory speech something very strange happened.  It was a surreal moment. Just like Brexit. The upset Mr Trump caused was such that people even started to talk to each other on

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  • Wider Representation in our Parliament: A Renewed Call for Backbenchers

    Wider Representation in our Parliament: A Renewed Call for Backbenchers

    • November 15, 2016

    by Jeremy Sacramento There are occasions in our political history when constitutional reform is on the table, and, despite all else, not least barrel loads of uncertainty, Brexit has placed reform firmly on the table. This is not uncommon.  Previous constitutional reforms have taken place against the backdrop of international developments (e.g. the reforms of

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  • An ‘old school’ newsman

    An ‘old school’ newsman

    • November 11, 2016

    John Shephard was a reporter’s reporter, an ‘old school’ newsman through and through. He was straight talking and had strong views he was not afraid to share. But in a world inundated with opinion, he understood implicitly the value of hard facts and good, old-fashioned reporting. John was best known for writing about sport –

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Keep your eyes on the road

    #ThinkingAllowed: Keep your eyes on the road

    • November 10, 2016

    I was having dinner at a London restaurant this weekend when I saw something that caught my attention. Actually I should say it’s what I didn’t see that caught my eye! There were about 60 people tucking into their evening meals and not a single one of them was on their mobile phones. A lot

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  • A frantic week in politics

    • November 4, 2016

    Mariano Rajoy’s decision to sack his Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, is welcome news not just for Gibraltar but for the UK and Spain too. García-Margallo’s approach to Gibraltar and the wider Brexit challenge lacked subtlety. It was a black and white strategy laced with a threat: accept joint sovereignty or face a cold future

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  • Margallo comes bearing no gifts

    Margallo comes bearing no gifts

    • November 2, 2016

    by Robert Vasquez, QC There is one matter that Gibraltar is and will be united about.  It is that joint sovereignty, or any degree of Spanish sovereignty, is not desired and is unacceptable.  We are the People that we are: that cannot be changed.  We are born and brought up in Gibraltar with its British

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  • Looking out to sea

    Looking out to sea

    • October 29, 2016

    If you plot them on a map of the world, the trade routes across the oceans are like a richly woven tapestry linking east to west, north to south. More than two simple axes, it is a picture that is constantly changing, a dynamic web overlaying the globe and shifting constantly in response to the

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