Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

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This is going to be the last morning call on the subject of Gibraltar for a good while, and there has been a lot to celebrate during our two year stint – but this week’s news has been overshadowed by the tragic events in Brussels. The Gibraltarian government was quick to declare its solidarity and express its outrage on behalf of the attacked; staff at the embassy were declared safe. Our thoughts go out to all who were affected.

In other news, over the time we’ve been following Gibraltar closely there have been some regular refrains from its critics: it’s a tax haven, they’ve said, although only this week Bulgaria removed the country from its tax haven list. It’s far from the only nation to have done so; the claim is ringing increasingly hollow as the critics continue to trot it out.

In other local news we reported last week on sea anglers’ horror at the government’s decisions on fishing boundaries; clearly both parties have been talking and are now content.

We wanted to find a suitable story on which to go out – and indeed on Tuesday we will be running a piece on the outlook for Gibraltar in the coming financial year. However, rather than celebrate our own short stint working with the Gib government we find we’re not the only ones retiring: Albert Poggio, the Gibraltar Government’s representative in London and director of Gibraltar House in that city, is to retire in June after 28 years’ service.

Mr. Poggio is among those who have been highly supportive of us during our time presenting this hub and we wish him well, as well as our closest associate in the Gib government, Clive Golt, in the future. We’ll be back with one more story and a final note of farewell on Tuesday – in the meantime we wish all of our readers a restful extended weekend.

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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