• The die is cast

    • February 18, 2017

    By Maurice Xiberras Of the five MPs, who intervened on Gibraltar’s behalf in the Second reading of the fateful European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, all their interventions being but passing references – Mr Mike Gapes was the only one able to squeeze in a comment on Gibraltar at the Committee stage, though he was

  • ‘Cheating the rules’ of public finance

    ‘Cheating the rules’ of public finance

    • February 16, 2017

    by Roy Clinton Whether in business, sport or education nobody likes a cheat. There is only one thing that is more upsetting to us and our sense of fair play and that is a cheat that gets away with it within the rules and then rubs it in our face thinking there is nothing much

  • Governor has called it spot on

    Governor has called it spot on

    • February 12, 2017

    by Nick Cruz There can be no doubt that 2017 will be an interesting year for all including Gibraltar, hopefully less interesting than 2016 but we are living the political and social hangover of an extraordinarily bizarre 12 months of global democratic protest. Or perhaps upon reflection, not so extraordinary when we look at the

  • #ThinkingAllowed: 60 is the new 40s

    • February 12, 2017

    I love to hear people’s stories. It’s one of the fascinating aspects of the career I have chosen. Only this week I met a fishmonger at the chain Poppies in London. They do a great fish and chips and won the National Fish and Chips Awards 2014. Yes, there is an award for that too!

  • Tension on the runway

    Tension on the runway

    • February 10, 2017

    The dramatic incident that unfolded on the runway on Wednesday afternoon should not have been allowed to happen. At the heart of it was a row over who had jurisdiction in an investigation into serious offences allegedly involving a serving member of the military posted here. The Ministry of Defence insisted it was a military

  • #ThinkingAllowed: Is it music to our ears?

    #ThinkingAllowed: Is it music to our ears?

    • February 8, 2017

    It was when I was back in Gibraltar for the Christmas break that I first heard the rumours about MTV taking over the Gibraltar Music Festival. As we know, very few things stay a secret in Gibraltar for long. “Wow”, I thought. That will be great for the profile of this festival. But, something was

  • #ThinkingAllowed: Bilingual and proud

    • January 25, 2017

    I’ve been following the recent debate on Gibraltarian bilingualism with interest. The arguments and benefits are plenty, including its importance for economic and business purposes, for the community generally and that it even has potential health benefits. They are all very valid points. I would go one step further. We need to make sure new

  • #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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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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