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June 03 - GSD Questions Why Government Has Not Yet Published Fishing Report

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gsdlogoThe GSD has today called on the Government to make public the Fishing Report. A spokesperson said: “It will be recalled that the Government has had a copy of the report since December of last year. During Parliamentary Questions and Answers, the Minister for the Environment, John Cortes, said that the Government could not provide the Opposition with a copy of the report because it needed to be ‘formatted’ but that it would be published shortly. The GSD Opposition would like to remind the Government that it has been saying that it will publish the report shortly for some time now. When further asked why the Opposition had not been briefed on the report when the Mayor of La Linea had, the Minister denied that Ms Araujo had been briefed.”

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June 03 - Defenders Take To The Seas

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defboatYesterday, members and supporters of the Defenders of Gibraltar ventured out into the Bay of Gibraltar aboard a privately owned vessel. The aim of the outing was to make what they described as an “unequivocal visual statement as to who the waters surrounding the rock belonged to, and to prove that we as Gibraltarians will never be bullied by the Guardia Civil be it on our land or in our waters.”

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May 31 - Government Trying to Defend Indefensible – Claims GSD

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gsdThe GSD has today insisted that the Government’s attempt to explain questions in relation to the independence of the Board of GBC raised by the Opposition will fool no one and simply paints itself into a corner.

The party claims that it is the height of hypocrisy for the Chief Minister to, on the one hand, claim that the previous Government failed to secure the independence of the GBC Board by appointing family and supporters, whilst at the same time appointing a Board which includes a former executive member of the GSLP, another that stood for election with the GNP (now the Liberals) and yet another, who is a close personal friend of the Chief Minister.

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May 30 - GSD to Contest By-Election

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gsdThe Executive of the GSD met yesterday evening to consider the 4th July 2013 by-election. They released a statement today reading:

The overwhelming majority of the GSD Executive voted in favour of fielding of a candidate for the by-election.

Although it is true that this by-election arises in the context of the sad death of Mr Charles Bruzon, it is important in a mature democracy that the GSD Opposition provides the electorate with an opportunity to make a statement about the political performance of the Government on a number of important issues for this community. 

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May 30 - Minister Bossano's UN speech in Ecuador

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Minister BossanoMr Chairman,

I want to thank the Government of Ecuador for once again hosting the Annual Seminar which is a reflection of Ecuador’s commitment to the cause of decolonisation.

Last year I showed the parallels between my country’s history and Ecuador’s, and I exposed the absurdity of the Spanish stance in opposing our decolonisation.

Spain told you that it will never acknowledge any international legal status to the Gibraltarians. Their contempt for us, the owners of our homeland, is such that they describe us as “the current inhabitants of Gibraltar” as if we were recently arrived illegal immigrants.

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May 30 - Government Insists GBC Board Does Not Regulate Political Output

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govtThe Government has today claimed that the response by the GSD on the issue of the appointment of the Board of GBC is a transparent attempt to avoid praising the way in which the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has exceeded his pre-election commitment to make GBC politically independent.

They added, ‘the GSD consistently failed to secure GBC’s partisan independence by appointing close political associates and relatives of the Chief Minister to the Board. At that time, the Board of GBC was the authority that made determinations of partisan balance in the output of the corporation. As a result, the people that the GSD appointed to the Board of GBC were the people who were then empowered to determine whether the GSD or the GSLP Liberals or other parties were right on any particular issues as to balance – with recourse being to the Courts of a party disagreed with any decision of the Board.

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May 30 - Last year saw the fewest operations cancelled through bed shortage in many years

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Gibraltar Health Authority

  • New operating theatre initiatives on the way
  • GSD use of statistics is questionable

The Opposition either does not know how to interpret statistics or fails to understand the complexities of health care. Their recent statement on the hospital waiting lists is a play on figures, which is of little substance and irresponsible in its intent.

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May 30 - Opposition Once Again Calls for Straight Answers from Government

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gsdThe GSD has today insisted that the Government’s latest response on the Floating Hotel is very telling, but by what it does not say. The Opposition continues to question the Government on whether they have granted any soft loans in relation to or invested in the Floating Hotel as well as what the total cost of the project is to the Gibraltar tax payer. The Party claims that the Government has refused to answer these questions and therefore quickly renegaded on its commitment to openness and transparency.

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May 29 - The GSLP New Dawn: GBC, Another Broken Promise

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Gibraltar GSDHaving questioned the independence of the recent GBC Board appointments, the Government's response to the Opposition (as is now customary) is to basically say "we are only doing what you did when you were previously in Government so don't complain."


Well, the Opposition, and indeed the electorate that voted the Government into office, has every right to complain. The GSLP fought the general election on a ticket of transparency, accountability and a promise of a New Dawn in local politics. Now that they are in Government, every time they are criticised by the GSD and held accountable, they try to deflect attention by either blaming the previous Administration or suggesting that the GSD did the same.

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