• #Miscellanea: Sod’s law

    • April 6, 2018

    I had waited almost four years to welcome Professor Esterino Adami to the Rock. Esterino and I had tried to organise the visit several times in the past, but our respective commitments kept getting in the way and scuppering our plans. Finally, last summer we managed to find a window of opportunity and the professor

  • Azopardi urges Brexit clarity and signals new phase for GSD

    Azopardi urges Brexit clarity and signals new phase for GSD

    • April 6, 2018

    By Keith Azopardi In 12 months Gibraltar will be leaving the European Union. Many of you will be tired of hearing about BREXIT. But the truth is that how that happens and how our new relationship with the EU is defined will affect our future. So we need to get it right. Its been nearly

  • Cubist diplomacy

    Cubist diplomacy

    • March 31, 2018

    With just a year to go to Brexit, a fractured political landscape is littered with challenges and risks – but opportunities too. In Cubist artwork, a familiar object is analysed in close detail before being broken up and reassembled in abstracted form that might, at first blush, appear unrecognisable. Instead of depicting a model or

  • One Year Before Brexit

    One Year Before Brexit

    • March 29, 2018

    Ministerial statement by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo At midnight last night we were exactly one year from leaving the European Union. We will leave with the United Kingdom. We will leave despite the overwhelming choice we made in the referendum to remain in the EU. Because we all know that our deep relationship with the

  • #Miscellanea: Cultural Cringe

    #Miscellanea: Cultural Cringe

    • March 23, 2018

    It was 2005 and I found myself in Mumbai. I had only been in India for a few weeks and I was still grappling with a bad case of culture shock. One evening I attended a function at the British Deputy High Commission and I was introduced to a British Asian guy. We were talking

  • Gibraltar NASUWT statement

    Gibraltar NASUWT statement

    • March 10, 2018

    Gibraltar NASUWT believes that it is very important for all stakeholders in our education system to be fully aware of the concerns that many teachers and indeed the Union have about the changes to education that are set to be implemented by the current administration. The Union recently highlighted the lack of consultation of teachers

  • #Miscellanea: Llanitos in Oxford Street

    #Miscellanea: Llanitos in Oxford Street

    • March 9, 2018

    I was walking down Oxford Street in London a few days ago when I suddenly heard the words ring out behind me: Que frio hace no, Charlie? No dihieron ayé en el televishon que hoy no iva ze tanto frio? Instantly, without a moment’s hesitation, I knew that the person speaking those words had to

  • #ThinkingAllowed: ‘Ageing’ Casemates in need of a facelift

    #ThinkingAllowed: ‘Ageing’ Casemates in need of a facelift

    • March 9, 2018

    Don’t you find there are some people who always look the same and others who you suddenly think have aged? I tend to think the latter normally happens when you have not seen someone in a while. Just like when you see something day to day you miss it’s changing. It’s what has happened to

  • #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City

    #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City

    • March 2, 2018

    ‘Every time a building is destroyed, you know that your memories are also being destroyed … and that a part of you will have gone with it.’ Sometimes, when I think about how much Gibraltar has changed in the last thirty or forty years, I feel a little like the narrator of Grant Gee’s wonderful

  • Thinking the unthinkable

    Thinking the unthinkable

    • January 22, 2018

    by David Hughes Over the years, I’ve usually been happy to share my thoughts with Gibraltar’s newspaper-readers, and grateful to editors who’ve published my writings. Although male lawyers are hardly scarce in Gibraltar’s public and civic life – especially middle-aged ones, as I suppose I must now consider myself – I hope that the views

  • GSD will be ‘natural home’ for moderate centre ground

    GSD will be ‘natural home’ for moderate centre ground

    • January 17, 2018

    New Year message by GSD Leader Keith Azopardi When I last spoke to you it was before Christmas and just after the GSD Leadership election. Then, I explained how I saw the task ahead in the context of the renewal and re-energising of the GSD. That work has started and I want to see a

  • Gib needs ‘unequivocal’ Brexit commitment from UK

    Gib needs ‘unequivocal’ Brexit commitment from UK

    • January 10, 2018

    By Damon Bossino We have now had both leaders in Government giving us their assessments of what the political state of play is in their New Year messages. Brexit, as you can well imagine, has featured significantly. I don’t know about you but I continue to harbour very serious concerns about Gibraltar’s inclusion, as of