• On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done

    On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done

    • September 17, 2018

    Are we sleepwalking into a Brexit disaster? That was a question put to me by a reasonable, sensible person who follows politics closely and welcomed the optimism shown by the Gibraltar Government in the face of the uncertainty of withdrawal from the European Union, but who nonetheless could not dispel the niggling doubts. He was

  • The solid ties that bind us

    The solid ties that bind us

    • September 10, 2018

    By Sir Alan Duncan, Minister for Europe & Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office If like me you’re in Gibraltar today, make sure you’re wearing red or white and are ready for a party. Shelve any plans for a quiet drink at a pavement café. Or indeed, any hope of finding a seat anywhere

  • #Miscellanea: El Conde de Orgaz

    • August 10, 2018

    I arrive in Toledo on the day they are unveiling a statue to Federico Bahamontes, the 1959 Tour de France winner popularly known as the ‘Eagle of Toledo’. Because la Calle Real del Arrabal, the main road connecting the train station with el centro histórico, is thronged with cycling enthusiasts, the bus driver has to

  • #Miscellanea: Tierra de Santos

    #Miscellanea: Tierra de Santos

    • August 10, 2018

    ‘Bienvenido, caballero, al museo del Convento de la Encarnación,’ the old man says in a quavering voice. ‘Por favor, sígame a través de esta puerta.’ I do as bidden and find myself in a spacious antechamber filled with antique furniture and statues of saints. I had been expecting to find other tourists gathered here for

  • ‘A Civil Service and Public Sector we can be Proud of’

    ‘A Civil Service and Public Sector we can be Proud of’

    • August 6, 2018

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo Much is being said these days about the Public Sector and the Civil Service, particularly about my Government’s support for this central pillar of our civic and business communities. As Minister with responsibility for the Civil Service and as Chairman of the Gibraltar Development Corporation, I have a clear view

  • #Miscellanea: Spanglish

    #Miscellanea: Spanglish

    • July 3, 2018

    It was ten in the morning and I was sitting in the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus. I had about two and a half hours left before my train journey to Madrid, and I was hoping to squeeze in a last-minute visit to Toledo Cathedral. There were only three people in the mini-van apart from myself

  • Chief Minister budget speech

    Chief Minister budget speech

    • July 2, 2018

      Mr Speaker, I have the honour to move that the Bill now be read a second time. Introduction 1. Mr Speaker, this is my fifteenth budget address as a Member of this Parliament. 2. It is my seventh budget address as Chief Minister. 3. And in delivering it, Mr Speaker, I am already facing

  • Budget Address from the leader of the Opposition

    Budget Address from the leader of the Opposition

    • July 2, 2018

    Budget address by the leader of the Opposition, Elliott Phillips INTRODUCTION 1. MR SPEAKER this is my third budget contribution and my first as Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition. It is a privilege and a great honour to lead the Opposition in this House on behalf of the people of Gibraltar. 2. MR SPEAKER before

  • Mood music

    Mood music

    • June 30, 2018

    Anyone expecting a change in Spain’s Brexit stance toward Gibraltar would have been disappointed by developments in Brussels this week. They should have been looking at Madrid instead. The reference to Gibraltar in the European Council’s conclusions yesterday should not come as a surprise. Having secured the Clause 24 veto from EU partners, Spain was

  • Gibraltar in the European Union: In and Out

    Gibraltar in the European Union: In and Out

    • June 29, 2018

    This is the text of a lecture delivered by Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, at the University of Gibraltar on June 29 by Dr Joseph Garcia, Deputy Chief Minister I will be looking at a very topical issue today. I say that because the title of my talk is “Gibraltar and the European

  • #Miscellanea: On men and borders

    #Miscellanea: On men and borders

    • June 16, 2018

    ‘Aquí lo que hay que seh,’ the bearded man half-shouted to his friend on the other side of Cathedral Square, ‘eh cerra la frontera una veh por toah.’ I’m not sure why the fellow came up with this remark, but his words made me think of ‘On the Border: Two Cities, Two Countries, Common Ground’,

  • #Stephen’sNiche: And so it begins

    #Stephen’sNiche: And so it begins

    • June 13, 2018

    The wait is finally over. The most eagerly anticipated global sports event, the quadrennial football fest that is the World Cup, kicks off tomorrow in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. As a pensioner now, it’ll be the first time I can watch every match without having to take annual leave, and I fully intend to: there’s 64


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