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Govt accuses Hassan Nahon of ‘U-turn’

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The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has accused Together Gibraltar Leader Marlene Hassan Nahon of a policy U-turn as he collectively lambasted the Opposition following days of political warring.

In the latest salvo, a Gibraltar Government statement accused both Ms Hassan Nahon and GSD Leader Keith Azopardi of losing their “political perspective” in the preparation of their respective New Year messages.

“As we have already noted, Mr Azopardi launched an unprovoked, gratuitous political and personal attack on the Government and the Chief Minister and then seemed surprised when it was met with a robust response,” the Government said.

“Meanwhile, in her New Year’s message on social media, Ms Hassan Nahon described the Chief Minister’s policy of standing up to Vox's hate speech as ‘belligerence’ and she criticised our Government for its policy of defending Gibraltar against such vicious attacks.”

This comes just a matter of weeks after she energetically encouraged Mr Picardo to stand up to Vox’s ‘bully boy’ tactics, the Government said.

“Quite simply, she has committed a classic U-turn of policy.”

Mr Picardo said: "In December, Ms Hassan Nahon fully supported the action against Vox. It is just a few weeks since she was saying that ‘hatred is an evil that has to be stamped out, in whatever shape or form’. Astonishingly, she is now attacking exactly this same action.”

“The fact of the matter is that Ms Hassan Nahon is making a habit of changing her position on so many things that she can no longer be seen to be a reliable advocate for a particular policy line.”

“This must be a huge disappointment both to her party and to those who hoped for better things from her."