• Solid assurances, but an uncertain future

    Solid assurances, but an uncertain future

    • March 17, 2017

    Gibraltarians might be forgiven for being circumspect when it comes to believing assurances from the British Government. For many, the memory of the failed 2002 joint sovereignty proposal still lingers like a bad hangover, while recent incidents like the MoD runway episode do little to foster confidence. But in fairness, as the UK heads toward

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  • Queen’s Commonwealth Day message in full

    Queen’s Commonwealth Day message in full

    • March 13, 2017

    This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next 12 months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Gunshots and news values on a sunny spring day

    • March 13, 2017

    Twenty-nine years ago last week the peace and tranquility that characterise Gibraltar were rudely shattered by one of the most disturbing incidents in our modern history. On Sunday 6th of March 1988, a beautiful sunny day, soldiers of the elite SAS regiment who’d been undercover on the Rock for a week shot dead three members

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: ‘I’ll add you on Facebook’

    #ThinkingAllowed: ‘I’ll add you on Facebook’

    • March 10, 2017

    For many of us social media is a way to stay in touch with the people we care about. Now that I’m in London, I find it a good link to home and I use Facebook and Whatsapp to write and hear from family and friends. I was at a party recently. It had the

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  • For young offenders, custody must be the last resort

    • March 7, 2017

    The UK’s Sentencing Council has today published new guidelines for sentencing young offenders. The principles that underpin them should offer food for thought here too. The latest guidelines set out how courts should consider mitigating circumstances which may indicate an “unstable upbringing” when determining punishments for children and teenagers aged between 10 and 17. The

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  • The joy of books

    The joy of books

    • March 2, 2017

    One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was to “read and travel”. It’s the same advice I pass on when asked. My niece Aimee, who is in Middle School, has been telling me about a recent shopping trip. She did so with a huge sense of excitement, showing me a number

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  • A moral duty to Gibraltar

    A moral duty to Gibraltar

    • March 2, 2017

    The report of the EU Select Committee in the House of Lords does a good job of summarising the key Brexit challenges facing Gibraltar. The peers on the committee have understood with clarity and independence why Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to back Remain. They are keenly aware of the potential impact of Brexit not just on

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  • ‘We play by the rules: why don’t the GSD?’

    ‘We play by the rules: why don’t the GSD?’

    • February 20, 2017

    by Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar If there is one thing I hate in a politician, it’s that they should try to mislead the public. That is what Roy Clinton did in his opinion piece last week. I am very happy to see Roy Clinton reluctantly admit at last that the Government is playing

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Parole decision puts spotlight on justice system and public confidence

    #ThinkingAllowed: Parole decision puts spotlight on justice system and public confidence

    • February 19, 2017

    I’m not a lawyer and despite the high number of them in Gibraltar, neither is the majority of the local population. Therefore, as people with limited knowledge of the law, is it wrong of us to have questions about the rules for parole? In Gibraltar prisoners can apply for parole after serving a third of

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  • The die is cast

    • February 18, 2017

    By Maurice Xiberras Of the five MPs, who intervened on Gibraltar’s behalf in the Second reading of the fateful European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, all their interventions being but passing references – Mr Mike Gapes was the only one able to squeeze in a comment on Gibraltar at the Committee stage, though he was

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  • ‘Cheating the rules’ of public finance

    ‘Cheating the rules’ of public finance

    • February 16, 2017

    by Roy Clinton Whether in business, sport or education nobody likes a cheat. There is only one thing that is more upsetting to us and our sense of fair play and that is a cheat that gets away with it within the rules and then rubs it in our face thinking there is nothing much

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  • Governor has called it spot on

    Governor has called it spot on

    • February 12, 2017

    by Nick Cruz There can be no doubt that 2017 will be an interesting year for all including Gibraltar, hopefully less interesting than 2016 but we are living the political and social hangover of an extraordinarily bizarre 12 months of global democratic protest. Or perhaps upon reflection, not so extraordinary when we look at the

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