• Wake up call

    Wake up call

    • June 9, 2017

    The death of a police officer in La Linea on Wednesday puts into sharp focus the risks that law enforcement agents on both sides of the border face daily. The officer, named yesterday as 46-year old Victor Sánchez, was tackling a suspected tobacco smuggler when he was hit by a police van involved in the

  • Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    Stephen’sNiche: Election memories

    • June 7, 2017

    With the UK general election taking place tomorrow I thought I’d share some of my early memories of covering elections in Gibraltar. My first, in 1988, was held amid a sense that the end of an era was at hand. Led by Sir Joshua Hassan the AACR had, except for a two-year period, governed continuously

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Powerless

    #Stephen’sNiche: Powerless

    • May 29, 2017

    Dare I say it? Power cuts that so plagued this community down the years have noticeably diminished. When there’s a failure of supply nowadays it’s usually due to planned works and Gibelec, to its credit, provides advance notice through the issuing of a press release, on its website and through social media. This allows residents

  • #ThinkingAllowed: At sea with the RGP

    #ThinkingAllowed: At sea with the RGP

    • May 29, 2017

    Chases at sea are challenging and dangerous.  This week one has made the headlines providing dramatic pictures.  Behind the news however are men and women who sometimes put their lives on the line in the quest to tackle criminal activity. Recently, whilst working on an independent project, I spent a few days with the RGP

  • We will not succumb to fear

    We will not succumb to fear

    • May 24, 2017

    Once again, flags at half-mast after unspeakable horror. The hatred that drives someone to murder innocent people in the name of a warped belief can never be comprehended. The targets on this occasion were children and youngsters enjoying a night of music and fun. It makes the scale of what unfolded even more appalling. Yet

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Feetham’s ‘ring of steel’ and speed cameras (part 2)

    • May 23, 2017

    So, the leader of the opposition considers that the media in Gibraltar are biased towards the government? Okay those weren’t Daniel Feetham’s precise words, but when the presenter of GBC’s “The Opposition, Your Questions” programme asked him this he didn’t deny it. Mr Feetham said the media does not ask the government the difficult questions

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit bad for British territories’ biodiversity

    #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit bad for British territories’ biodiversity

    • May 11, 2017

    Is there no limit to Brexit’s reach? It turns out that the repercussions of leaving the European Union won’t be felt just by people: It’s bad news also for birds. And lizards. And frogs. At least, for those in the remaining Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies it is. That was the view taken by delegates

  • Beyond Bitcoin – tapping into the blockchain’s potential

    Beyond Bitcoin – tapping into the blockchain’s potential

    • May 5, 2017

    By Johann Olivera Bitcoin has gone quiet. At least it has in the mainstream media, despite the fact that the cryptocurrency’s value is almost 50% higher than it was during the heady days of late 2013. It was then that Bitcoin ceased being a secret known only to the initiated and became a worldwide phenomenon

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Up to speed?

    #Stephen’sNiche: Up to speed?

    • May 4, 2017

    As a victim of a traffic accident some years ago I’m wholly in favour of combatting speeding on our roads. I therefore welcomed the news that speed cameras installed in some of our ‘hot spots’ are now operational and will be used to identify offending vehicles. Launching the initiative, transport minister Paul Balban revealed that

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit Canadian style?

    #Stephen’sNiche: Brexit Canadian style?

    • April 26, 2017

    An Economist reader had a novel, if improbable, solution to the UK’s Brexit woes. Britain should simply become the 11th province of Canada. This, a Mr Ted Stroll argues, would allow Britain to have its trade cake and eat it too. Canada and the EU have a trade agreement and the UK would accede to

  • Gibraltar rock reveals the rubble of democracy

    Gibraltar rock reveals the rubble of democracy

    • April 26, 2017

    by Shelina Assomull Gibraltar doesn’t appear in the international news very often, but recently it entered the spotlight. As the Brexit process commences, Gibraltarians have found themselves at the hands of an unfairly played card, by democratic standards. In the first draft of the Brexit negotiating guidelines came a single clause with a large impact;

  • Counter narrative

    • April 26, 2017

    By Anthony Lombard It strikes me the Chief Minister [‘CM’] and the Spanish Foreign Minister may be ‘peas in a pod’, given they are both prone to employing ‘counter narratives’. Needless to say, such ploys prove hugely detrimental. They disarm us, cause confusion and lull us into a false sense of security. In particular, they