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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Public trust in Gibraltar policing remains despite UK scandal

Public trust in policing in Gibraltar has not been dented in the wake of the Sarah Everard scandal in the UK. That’s the view of Commissioner of Police Richard Ullger who however says they need to be “alive of the issues.” That’s because across the UK trust in the Metropolitan Police has been “shaken” by...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Shifting perceptions in a post-Brexit landscape

I was taken aback recently by a clip from a big-budget Movistar Plus series called La Fortuna, co-produced by the Spanish company with US partners and based loosely on Odyssey Marine Exploration’s discovery of an undersea treasure in 2007. Odyssey’s ships were operating from Gibraltar at the time and the treasure, recovered from the wreck...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

After warning signs missed, UK and Gib police force improve standards

Police forces in the UK have been urged to stamp out misogyny in their ranks. The Metropolitan Police is in crisis mode in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard in London by a serving officer. It’s facing a barrage of questions. From vetting procedures to how it investigates complaints against officers. Policing has...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

How a ‘small epiphany’ opened door to Hook’s invisible world

By Jonathan Pizarro Christian Hook sounds like home. I sit in the screening room of London’s May Fair Hotel waiting for the premiere of the Sky Arts documentary Painting the Invisible to begin. There are at least a hundred people in the audience, talking about the artist. You would imagine this is enough for someone...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Changing the history of Gibraltar-Spain relations

by Paco Oliva On December 31, 2020 the Chief Minister and Spanish Foreign Minister announced the New Year’s Eve political declaration, that was to form the basis of a fully-fledged, enduring EU-UK Treaty governing relations with Gibraltar. We all breathed a sigh of relief and celebrated the extraordinary outcome with our best champagne. The traumatic...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Hoook, discovering the invisible through art and science

THE ARTIST AND SEARCHER I recently sat with international artist Christian Hook – Hoook, who is again back in the spotlight. As we chatted about his latest project, a television documentary based solely on his own ideas, marrying art and science and which airs next week on Sky Arts, he tells me he wanted to...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A moment to switch off and reflect

‘Uh oh, an error was encountered'. As Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down on Tuesday it caused a meltdown on Twitter – one of the few remaining social media sites still working. It’s not only highlighted our reliance on social media. Our obsession with it is glaringly obvious. The constant need to share and/or see...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

‘Vanguard is a time machine, and we will be stepping back in time’

t was a dream archaeologists dared to dream for many years. Since the first excavations in Vanguard Cave in the late 1990s there was always that suspicion that there was so much more to this cave than just its entry point. Could it one day be another Gorham’s Cave? Could there be other chambers beyond...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Chasing political narratives

It seems like a lifetime ago - the days when politicians met in person to discuss policy and promote their party. Like everything else Zoom took over for the past two years. Now party conference season in the UK, in person, is back. So much has changed and yet so little has changed. The Labour...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A youth and community worker who after 50 years still goes that extra mile

Our guest this week is the fitting recipient of the ‘Extra Mile Service Award’ presented to him in 2019 by the Gibraltar Rotary Club. He is a man who continues to work for the good of this community like he has done throughout his life. Someone, who will always go that extra mile. I first...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Adapting to the changing travel rules

Travel to England is about to become cheaper for most of us. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to pay £30 for a Covid test at Gibraltar airport before departure. The rules change in 11 days and are designed to make it “simpler and cheaper” for fully vaccinated travellers going to England from non-red...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Fighting for the rights of others in our community

This community is well known for its enormous contribution to charity with a great variety of independent charitable organisations working in Gibraltar, not just for local concerns but also for world-wide issues and peoples. But although there are hundreds of charity workers, often, it is the names of a handful of committed charity workers and...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A catalogue of errors

The day Gavin Williamson met … (insert name of your choice here). The gaffe-prone education secretary has been dubbed by political critics “the most ignorant, clueless and incapable education secretary in the UK.” Last week we got a picture of our Minister for Transport Vijay Daryanani standing proudly next to Gavin Williamson. We were told...

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Press Association

Opinion & Analysis

Rosia Bay is crucial to Gibraltar’s British heritage

After the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Nelson’s body was brought into Rosia Bay aboard his ship HMS Victory. Local legend has it that he was brought inside a barrel of brandy, a claim that the Royal Navy vehemently deny, and was quickly shipped back to London for his state funeral. If there is any...