• #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • 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

  • 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 –

  • #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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Good news, but…

    Good news, but…

    • October 28, 2016

    by David Hughes Gibraltar’s Parliament has voted to introduce marriage equality. That is undoubtedly a positive step. The sky has not fallen in, no doubt to the disappointment of that poor-man’s Peter Hitchens double-act, Charles Gomez & Eric Ellul, who had forecast all sorts of calamity if gay people were granted equality. But maybe Charles

  • Where is Spain Going?

    Where is Spain Going?

    • October 23, 2016

    The famous and very successful Spanish tourism slogan of the 1960s – “Spain is different” – which it was then as the country was the only dictatorship in Western Europe apart from Portugal – has come back to haunt Spaniards, but this time for very different reasons. The country has been without a functioning government

  • Miles from La Moncloa

    Miles from La Moncloa

    • October 19, 2016

    Spain’s acting Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, paid his first formal visit to the Campo yesterday, but he did not even get a glimpse of the Rock on which he has exerted so much negative energy over the past few years. As if on cue, a heavy sea mist enveloped Gibraltar and hid it from

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