Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

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Two weeks ago, tragedy struck in Tunisia as a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 30 British tourists. One week ago a minute’s silence was observed – but the Sunday Express had a report that a Spanish ship ventured into Gibraltarian waters and caused the Navy to break the observance. Spain has complained to Britain, Britain has complained to Spain, you could set your watch by it. Relations are never easy between Gib and Spain, at least at political office level, and the emergence of a Facebook Group asking for La Linea to join Gibraltar (reported in the Olive Press) won’t have helped.

On a lighter note, a couple of weeks ago we published a piece on beauty pageants to mark the Miss Gibraltar contest; the Olive Press (again) reported on the winner, primary school teacher Hannah Bado. Presumably she won’t be competing in the same way as the new manager of the national football team, Jeff Wood, noted in the Get Bucks website.

Your correspondent doesn’t know whether the footie team honours the tradition of communal baths after a match; he’s always wondered about hygiene. If they do, you can only hope that they’re as clean as the ones for the monkeys, which the Gibraltar Chronicle reports have been confirmed as clean in spite of the public’s apparent belief that they look dirty.

Finally on an economic and business note, Gib has sometimes been accused of becoming a haven for tax dodgers; according to the Chronicle Latvia has removed it from the tax haven blacklist. The Chronicle’s editor, Brian Reyes, will outline the highlights of the Gib budget on the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub next week.

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.