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.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

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.