The Chief and Deputy Chief Minister meet with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at the White House
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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. Britain urges dawn raid inspections on Gibraltar border after Spanish aggression hits the economy

The Daily Mail reports: “Britain has demanded Brussels launch surprise inspections in Gibraltar of Spanish border checks in a fresh escalation of tensions between London and Madrid. Ministers want the European Commission to make unannounced visits to assess the legality of border checks which have been blamed for long queues to enter and leave the Rock. The row has been simmering since last summer when Spain suggested a £43.50 fee could be imposed on anyone wanting to cross the border with the British territory. Visitor numbers to Gibraltar have fallen as a result of the hold-ups, which Madrid argues are needed to prevent smuggling across the border.”

2. Gibraltar delegation outlines Gibraltar’s step towards renewable energy to White House advisors

Your Gib TV reports: “Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, have met with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of The White House - which houses a majority of offices for White House staff. The CEQ are President Obama's principal policy advisers on environmental issues and initiatives. The Gibraltar delegation met with the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Associate Director for Climate Change.”


3. Spain reiterates before the UN the urgency of decolonising Gibraltar

The Diplomat in Spain reports: “The Spanish Government reiterated on Monday at the United Nations the “urgent need to put an end to [Gibraltar’s] colonial state”. It did so before the Special Committee on Decolonization (C24), where, every year, Spain lays out its reasons for recovering sovereignty over the British colony. The Spanish representative, the diplomat Javier Gutiérrez, underscored on this occasion that the tensions and provocations of the Gibraltarian Authorities have increased in recent months as a consequence of “unilateral acts”. He mentioned, specifically, the harassment of Spanish fishermen who work in the waters off the coast of Gibraltar.”


4. Picardo asks UN to support Gibraltar or “tell us why you won’t”

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo also addressed the UN Special Committee on Decolonization in New York. He argued that the C24 should support Gibraltar because “that is what you are created to do – or tell us why you won’t without pretending that you can’t,” reports GBC.


5. Gibraltar body to challenge new UK Gambling Act

IGamingBusiness reports: “The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has written to the UK government and Gambling Commission to declare its intention to challenge the new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.The GBGA has argued that the new law is unnecessary and will open up the UK market to operators based anywhere in the world – some of whom will not obtain a licence.” Read more on this issue from Peter Howitt, President of the GBGA, writing for the NS here


6. Gibraltar debuts as port of call for American cruise company in 2015 

Vox reports: “Gibraltar has been included as a port of call in the 2015 schedule of American cruise company Grand Circle Cruise Line, which will be introducing a new small ship tour named ‘Classic Cities & Moorish Traditions of Iberia & Morocco’. The ten-day itinerary on board the 98 passenger all-suite Corinthian, comprises Lisbon, Portimao, Casablanca, Tangier, Gibraltar and Sevilla. The Rock’s inclusion in the programme came about thanks to the efforts of ship agents MH Bland in close consultation with the Minister for Tourism and the Gibraltar Tourist Board.”

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.

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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.

There will be some red eyes on the Rock this morning as politicians stayed up awaiting election results, to find eventually that the ruling party is unchanged. Yahoo! was among the first news sites with the coverage, confirming that Fabian Picardo will continue as chief minister heading up a coalition of the Socialist Labour Party and the Liberals. The Gibraltar Social Democrats, led by Daniel Feetham, won seven seats compared to the winning coalition’s ten.

Picardo won the highest number of single votes, according to GBC, followed by Joseph Garcia and Dr. John Cortes. With his 10,852 votes the chief minister won over double those of his opposite number Daniel Feetham, who had 5,054. The same report confirms that with 70.77% of the electorate choosing to vote, this is the lowest turnout for a Gibraltarian election since 1980.

There will be more on the election on our Gibraltar hub on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, life has continued as per normal on the Rock. A new money lending business has established itself, says GBC. The UK had its spending review as readers will be well aware, but details on the Rock were in short supply, said the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Most excitingly, though, it’s been revealed that “I’m A Celebrity…” star Lady Colin Campbell has links to Gibraltar. The full report is in the Olive Press, and we’d tell you more but unfortunately your editor lost the will to live half way through reading it… 

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.