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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.


1) Gibraltar border delays a priority for Britain, says Ed Miliband (GBC) 

Speaking at the Federation of Small Businesses conference in Manchester, Labour Leader Ed Miliband called border delays in Gibraltar an issue of "deep concern" and stated that a resolution should be a priority for Britain. 


2) Spanish ambassador summoned by UK Foreign Office after "serious incursion" (BBC) 

The Foreign Office has summonsed the Spanish ambassador following the incursion of a Spanish ship into waters off Gibraltar. European Minister David Lidington has strongly condemned the act, calling it "unlawful" and "dangerous".  


3) Protests increase over Gibraltar's planned Europa Point football stadium (The Olive Press) 

Over 5,000 people have now signed the petition to halt Gibraltar's new football stadium, to be built on Europa Point. The stadium is opposed by two of Gibraltar's most influential environmental organisations, which argue the environmental impact has not been considered and that planning has been rushed through.  


4) Gibraltar government policy to understand autism, says Samantha Sacramento (Gibraltar Chronicle) 

Gibraltar's minister with responsibility for people with disabilities, Samantha Sacramento, reached out on Wednesday to the community in order to foster greater understanding and awareness of people with autism, and highlight the government’s commitment to the cause.  


5) Ben Okri delivers sell-out "Gibraltar Lecture" in Oxford (Gibraltar Chronicle) 

Last Saturday saw Nigerian author Ben Okri deliver the inagural "Gibraltar Lecture" at the Oxford Literary Festival, introduced by the Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port Neil Costa. Okri will also speak at the next Gibraltar Literary Festival.  


6) Spanish and Argentine towns twin in protest over Falklands and Gibraltar (The Telegraph)  

The Spanish port town across the bay from Gibraltar has been twinned with the Argentine city from which the Falklands invasion was launched, "sparking new outrage in the tiny British Overseas Territory at the foot of Spain", says the Telegraph


A year on from the Spending Review, the coalition's soothsayer has emerged to offer another gloomy economic prognosis. Asked by ITV News whether he could promise that there wouldn't be a double-dip recession, Vince Cable replied: "I can't do that.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond speaks during day one of the Conservative Party Conference on October 4, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Getty)
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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

Every time you think politics is getting a bit OTT and people are complaining a little loudly about the disputed waters in Gibraltar, something else is reported. Right now it’s Spanish police ramming fishermen, according to the Daily Mirror, which has video evidence. UKIP MEPs have raised the Gibraltar flag in the European Parliament, reports the Olive Press, no doubt in a bid to calm things down a bit. Philip Hammond used his speech at the Conservative Party conference to assure Gibraltarians and Falklanders that they still had the support of the UK.

Business, and the Gibraltar Chronicle reports the establishment of a new salvage business in the area – well, new to Gibraltar but well established elsewhere. There’s also a new initiative en route with the Israeli Chamber of Commerce – more on that on our hub on Tuesday.

Oh, and the team is still losing at football. It could be worse, they could be the home rugby team in England, hosting a tournament in which they’re no longer taking part…

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.