Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

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The Gibraltar election is coming, so what better time for the opposition GSD party to accuse the existing government of funding the purchase of land it already owned? That’s the current row, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle, and we’re anticipating more. Chief Minister Picardo, on the other hand, is challenging the GSD to apologise for wasting voters’ money (note: this is never going to happen), according to Vox. The incumbent GSLP has selected its candidates which is no bad thing if the election is in a fortnight.

That’s the present – in terms of the past, the Rock’s history is steeped in the military and the Gibraltar Chronicle confirms that its strategic role for the UK remains absolutely solid.

In terms of the economy, the Olive Press reports that tourism is as important as ever with 290,000 cruise ship passengers registered for the whole of 2015. Meanwhile CNET has published a guide to the Rock for visitors – prompted mostly by the new Bond film it seems, but it’s a good introduction anyway.`

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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