• #Stephen’sNiche: Unite members need full facts in general secretary election

    #Stephen’sNiche: Unite members need full facts in general secretary election

    • April 1, 2017

    This week the 1.4 million members of Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, have begun voting on who should be the next general secretary. The ballot closes on the 19th of April, with the outcome likely to be announced later in the month. Since 2011 the post has been held by Len McCluskey – ‘Red Len’

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  • Clear message from May

    Clear message from May

    • March 30, 2017

    In her Article 50 letter yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May did not make a single explicit reference to Gibraltar. People here will be disappointed about that, but they should not be. After her statement in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister was asked about Gibraltar’s absence from the letter. Was it a case of

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  • Chief Minister’s statement to Parliament on the Prime Minister triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

    Chief Minister’s statement to Parliament on the Prime Minister triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

    • March 30, 2017

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo At one thirty Central European Time, the Prime Minister Theresa May informed the House of Commons that she has formerly written to the President of the European Council activating the operation of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon in respect of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

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  • Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    • March 28, 2017

    New EU rules requiring tighter checks at Schengen borders will come into force on April 7, but there is still little clarity as to how Spain will implement the changes at its frontier with Gibraltar. The amendment to the Schengen Border Code was first proposed in the wake of terrorist attacks in 2015. After nearly

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    • March 25, 2017

    Is the romance, such as it was, between Fabian Picardo and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over? Listening to the Chief Minister on GBC’s Direct Democracy programme last week it would seem so. When the UK as a whole voted in last year’s EU Referendum to leave the European Union Gibraltar was left casting about

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Will the curtain ever go up?

    • March 23, 2017

    The curtain rises and the stage is empty. There is silence. What’s the name of the play? It may sound like the start of a joke but it isn’t one. Where is the new National Theatre that the Government promised us back in 2013? According to the press release at the time it was “expected

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  • ‘Red Len’s’ message to the Rock

    ‘Red Len’s’ message to the Rock

    • March 22, 2017

    By Len McClusky Gibraltar is uniquely exposed to the hard Brexit being pursued by Theresa May as she prepares to trigger Article 50. The implications for Unite members here are deep and serious. The extent of trade and social links between Gibraltar and Spain present the Rock’s industries with profound challenges. Unite members, Gibraltar residents,

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    #ThinkingAllowed: Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    • March 19, 2017

    The runway incident led to a serious and tense situation both on the day and its immediate aftermath. The worsening of any diplomatic row has been avoided thanks to one of the most powerful words in the English language. Whether you agree or not with the handling of this situation the apology from the senior

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: A cold assignment in London

    #Stephen’sNiche: A cold assignment in London

    • March 18, 2017

    Last week I shared with you some of my reminiscences of the IRA shootings that took place in Gibraltar in March 1988 and the ensuing inquest. Both were big stories of course but my baptism of fire – not the most appropriate description as you’ll see when you read on – had come the year

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  • 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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