James Callaghan pictured with broadcaster Jimmy Young in 1979. (Photo: Getty)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

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

The summer sailing calendar is going to get a kickstart at the end of this week when the 125th annual Gibraltar to Morocco Smir Yacht Rally gets going on Friday. The Olive Press reports that once again it’s being sponsored by Ocean Village and Boat Shed Gibraltar. We’ll be bringing you a fuller preview on the 9th.

More stories are emerging about the resignation of Sir James Dutton as Governor of the territory as we’ve reported previously, although they don’t appear to do anything other than contradict each other. The Daily Telegraph says he resigned because the British Government refused to stand up to Spain; he denies this in a statement to the Gibraltar Chronicle.

This ambivalence is nothing new. The Chronicle has also uncovered old papers on the then British Prime Minister Jim Callaghan’s uncertainty over how to handle Gibraltar following the death of Franco in Spain.

Society is changing across the Western world and Gibraltar is no exception; the Gibraltar Chronicle (last mention this bulletin we promise, we do check more than one paper!) reports two major unions are supporting the Equal Civil Marriage campaign, in which the idea is to allow religious marriages to have as many strictures and rules as they believe are appropriate while the civil versions would become legally equal to everyone regardless of orientation.

Finally, it is of course no joke when people get too close to the Barbary Apes and find themselves bitten or otherwise molested. If someone approaches them whilst wearing a bikini and they whip it off, it’s definitely serious. But when, as reported in the Daily Mirror, she reports them to the police and apparently tries to press charges, we do our best but we can’t help giggle just a bit. The quote from the police at the end of the Mirror story is a classic.

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.