Sam Bailey performs on stage at Pontypridd's Big Weekend at Ynysangahard War Memorial Park on July 20, 2014. (Photo: 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.

Will Gibraltar be the new base for Trident if the Scottish National Party succeeds in its bid to get the weapon ejected from the UK? The Daily Mail thinks it’s a possibility, with “military sources” suggesting soundings have already taken place.

Unsurprisingly this is dependent on any outcome from the UK’s general election next week, and according to The Conversation all Gibraltarian eyes are on the outcome of that vote.

It could be that such a move would come under the purview of the proposed Consultative Council, which will work in the same way as the UK’s Privy Council according to MercoPress. The government is currently seeking feedback on the Bill to form it.

On a lighter note, depending on how seriously you take your football (if it’s life or death then it’s not a lighter note at all), BackpageFootball has spoken to the Gib manager David Wilson about how the Rock’s team has become a full member of UEFA. The youth of Gibraltar have attracted the Guardian’s attention in the meantime, with the under 16s team scoring a goal while it’s opponents, Macedonia, were celebrating their own score (no sniggering at the back).

On an even lighter note, X-Factor winner Sam Bailey is playing a gig on Gibraltar and she and the Gibraltar Chronicle are making “Rock” concert jokes in the headlines. We draw your attention to this because we’re pretty convinced no Gibraltarians will ever have heard any such puns. If not, don’t worry, there will be plenty more from us over the coming months…

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.

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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.

Gibraltar has a strikingly healthy economy but the UK is undergoing a series of cuts. The Gibraltar Chronicle quotes chief minister Fabian Picardo commenting that military cutbacks won't affect the Rock - local workers not facing compulsory redundancy should be pleased to hear that. Meanwhile the same paper reports on continuing Spanish disquiet over the absence of bilateral talks, although the Olive Press Confirms that at least Spain's ban on Gib hockey teams has gone away. 

Less controversially, Gib has hosted a major event for cancer charities, confirms Euro Weekly, to mark World Cancer Day. It appears to have been a considerable success. Promising in a different way is the country's entry into the UK Cyber Security Challenge, a scheme for schools with tech savvy kids. 

Finally the Chessbase website confirms that for the second year in a row, Hikaru Nakamura has won the championship. It wasn't as easy as last time and bodes well for a close match next year too.

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.