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It’s been quite a week for memorials and Gibraltarian politics has had a taste of it with the death of Sir Albert McQuarrie at 98. GBC is among those remembering him as a former chair of the All-Party Gibraltar Group in the House of Commons.

Politics and territories are still a hot issue with the MercoPress reporting that Gibraltar logged 431 Spanish vessels’ incursions into Gib waters in 2015, a larger figure than in 2015. And the row over the concrete blocks put into the waters to form an artificial reef a few years ago has come into focus again with the former head of La Linea Fishermen accused of stealing one of them, a charge he denies.

Newly-re-elected Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, however, is trying to reach out to the new Spanish Foreign Minister when appointed, says the Olive Press. A lot will depend on who is actually appointed. Picardo’s defeated rival, Daniel Feetham, has meanwhile told the Gibraltar Chronicle that his party is in rude health and ready to take the government on when it needs to. He is expected to breeze through his party’s forthcoming leadership election, which is a matter of routine and in which nobody else is expected to stand.

Meanwhile we owe some readers an apology. We’ve been referring to the hairy creatures on the Rock as Barbary Apes; it’s now been clarified, says EuroWeekly News, that they are Barbary Macaques. We apologise to any primates who may have been offended.

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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