• 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

  • The price of NO

    The price of NO

    • October 18, 2016

    By Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar It is during tough times when you realise who your real friends are. It was in 1984 when Gibraltar extended European Community rights to Spanish citizens working on the Rock, two years ahead of Spain, which joined the European Economic Community in 1986. At what price? The full opening

  • Scribbled in the margins, a clear message to Spain

    Scribbled in the margins, a clear message to Spain

    • October 6, 2016

    As they walked into the UN Fourth Committee session in New York on Tuesday, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Gibraltar delegation were expecting a full-frontal diplomatic assault from Spain. For days in the run-up to the meeting, the rightwing Spanish daily ABC, which can be relied on to reflect Madrid’s line, had prepared the

  • Reforming education- moving beyond the classroom

    Reforming education- moving beyond the classroom

    • September 21, 2016

    by Elliott Phillips MP, Shadow Minister for Justice,  Equality, Youth, Education, Employment Drugs and Rehabilitation  of Offenders It has long been said that our children are our future ambassadors and the provision of education is vitally important. We can all, I think, agree with that statement.  At the opening of Parliament the Chief Minister reasserted the Government’s commitment