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The link between gibraltar government spending and economic growth

Rafael Benzaquen “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results”. Milton Friedman Spending on infrastructure constitutes an essential artery of government's administrative machine. Precisely what government invests in, will be determined usually – but not exclusively – by the party manifesto. Evidence of capital spending...

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Alice Mascarenhas

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Music lineage through the generations

My interest in music and the vital part it plays in my life has always filled me with curiosity about local musicians in Gibraltar’s past and present. I began this journey with my parents and their own involvement in the Agrupacion Artistica Calpense (my great-uncle Gustavo Mascarenhas who was one of the founding members) and...

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Brian Reyes

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Global action, small steps

There is a Greek proverb that talks about looking after the interests of future generations now, of taking decisions that are bigger than us and transcend time. “Society,” so the proverb goes, “grows when old men plant trees whose shade they will never enjoy.” Yesterday’s global climate action protests show that collectively, mankind has lost...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

All set for the twists and turns of a general election

Speculation was mounting and earlier this week it was confirmed. A general election in Gibraltar will be held before Brexit D-Day. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo (now caretaker Chief Minister) gave the first clues early on Monday on his Twitter account when he posted a photo saying “walking the kids to school and then into work...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

A general election in fraught times

The announcement of a general election on October 17 will come as a relief to anyone following Gibraltar politics closely, not least our politicians themselves. For weeks if not months, the anticipation has been building relentlessly and with it the pressure on each party to respond to whatever the others are doing or saying. As...

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'Thank you for the biggest honour of my life'

by Lawrence Llamas As my parliamentary tenure comes to an end, I would like to thank you for giving me the honour that it has been to serve and represent you. It sounds totally cliche, but this really has been a fantastic experience and a major learning curve that I will treasure for the rest...

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On elitism and the barristocracy

By Marlene Hassan Nahon Last week saw some of our most honoured barristocrats candidly argue over what elitism means to them. When I highlighted the fact that clearly privileged members of the elite squabbling over having to queue up for drinks (or not) at a music festival was a bit of an ironic misrepresentation of...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Neanderthals in the lab, in the field and in the home

I was present this week at the unveiling of Calpeia, the first known Gibraltarian modern human. She was impressive and mind boggling at the same time because at first glance she could have been someone you had just met on the Main Street. Latest technology has allowed the Gibraltar National Museum team to investigate her...

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James Neish

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Lessons to be drawn from weekend of music

The applause for Andrea Bocelli roared from Europa Point Stadium. A sharp contrast to the Parliament building in the UK that was falling silent. The controversial suspension of UK Parliament was taking place. But that night in Gibraltar, for a few hours, nothing else seemed to matter as 9,000 enjoyed a spectacular world-class performance. How...

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‘Elegance by the mile…’

By Erika Pozo The recent report by GBC on Ministerial travel expenses has drawn to the public attention our Government’s use of public funds and resources. Whilst their Swedish counterparts lead by example by giving up the use of official cars and travelling in public buses, in Gibraltar, our politicians have so far, knocked up...

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Alice Mascarenhas

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Doris Day and memorable moments from stage and screen

My life changed when I saw my first musical on the London stage in 1973. I was 12 years old and even now I can remember everything of that first production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Palladium. As a child I remember the magic when watching all the Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney films,...

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Brian Reyes

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Westminster's political crisis has deep implications for the Rock

I bumped into a well-connected lawyer a few nights ago and his views on Brexit left me cold. “I don’t agree with Boris, but you’ve got to admire him,” he said.  “At least he’s standing his ground. I’m a lawyer and I know about negotiations. You can’t show weakness.” “Look at May. What did she...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A legacy in motion

The show didn’t have to be perfect and yet it was in so many ways. The variety show last week in memory of one of Gibraltar’s “outstanding youth and community workers” proved to be emotional and inspiring. But, above all it turned out to be a huge lesson in community spirit. ‘In the arms of...

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Mark Sanchez

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Crossed Lines

Not that long ago, I attended a Premier Division football match at the Victoria Stadium. One of the teams was fielding mainly local players; the other predominantly Spanish ones. The majority of the crowd, as you’d expect, was cheering for the team with the local players, although there were one or two of the other...