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May 20 - By-Election Set for 4th July

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ygtvThe Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has just announced in Parliament that a by-election has been set for July 4th.

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May 20 - Government Claims Opposition have Damaged Gibraltar's Best Interest Abroad

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parliament The Government recently rejected the Opposition’s ‘distorted version’ of the Chief Minister’s visit to the United States, and the role played by Juan Verde, in last week’s Parliament discussion.

They insist that the point made by the Chief Minister in Parliament related to the GSD’s comments on Juan Verde’s role and not to the substance of the Chief Minister’s visit to the US. The Government added, ‘it was the continuous references to the role of Mr Verde that have been seized by our political opponents outside Gibraltar in order to undermine and damage the political position of Gibraltar as a whole.’

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May 17 - GSD Claims Government Spin is 'Out of Control'

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gsdThe GSD has today said that the attempt by the Government to justify refusing to answer questions on the Washington visit on grounds that it has been “seized upon by our nation’s political opponents” is nothing more than another smokescreen to justify closing the shutters on legitimate Opposition questions.  This unfortunately is becoming a habit for this “New Dawn” Government.

The Opposition has also said that if “our nation’s political opponents” have “seized upon” anything it is the Government’s own spin in relation to the visit that clearly run out of control following the Government’s Press Release headlined “Chief Minister Meets President Obama During Washington Visit” on 23rd January 2013 and the subsequent release of the Obama photograph by the Government.  That press release and photograph were reported and carried in Spain and led to the Spanish Government delivering a protest to Washington.  It will be recalled that this then resulted in Mr Picardo having to quickly play down his Washington visit in an interview with El Pais on 4 March 2013 on the basis that it was not an official but a private visit. 

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May 17 - Governor greets Austrian Ambassador

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Governor of Gibraltar and Austrian AmbassadorDuring his visit to Gibraltar, the Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland His Excellency Dr Emil Brix, made a courtesy call to His Excellency the Governor Sir Adrian Johns.

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May 17 - Picardo Tells German Newspaper 'Gibraltar is Silicon Valley of Online Gaming'

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picardoChief Minister Fabian Picardo was last week interviewed by German newspaper Frankfurter Allegmeine Zeitung correspondent Leo Wieland, in Madrid. Responding to questions on the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht Mr. Picardo explained that the treaty does not give cause for celebration, ‘as, among other reasons, it was formulated in a highly discriminatory manner. For example, it does not allow Jews or Moors to settle there. For this reason, this is a year of commemoration of a historic moment but not an occasion to set off fireworks.’

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May 17 - Government will expose Opposition inconsistencies and govern Gibraltar at the same time

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Government of GibraltarThere are clear inconsistencies between the Opposition’s recent statements and the actions of the GSD when it was in office. The Opposition must understand that the Government will continue to expose such inconsistencies because the current Government is happy, willing and able to criticise its predecessor and to govern Gibraltar at the same time.

The Opposition should also understand that what they did in Government is far from irrelevant to the debate. It is actually crucial that the electorate understands that the GSD is now saying the opposite of what it used to do. The GSD is clearly very uncomfortable when references are made to the recent past, even though in 2011 they themselves were still referring back to the period before they came into office, some 23 years previously.

Indeed, even their latest statement on the issue of answering questions in Parliament and not in the media is itself full of inconsistencies. The Opposition now say that the practice of not issuing statements after Opposition questions have been received by a Government department exists to prevent the Government “from driving a coach and horses through questions lodged by the Opposition.” It would appear that the GSD while riding their coach and horses on the road to Damascus have undergone a conversion of similar or greater proportions.

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May 16 - Sunborn Parliament Questions Spark Heated Debate

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sunbornQuestioning the Chief Minister on the Sunborn Floating Hotel project in Parliament this afternoon, Opposition member for the Environment Jaime Netto asked whether the Government had carried out an extensive Environmental Impact Assessment of the area and whether consideration had been taken into the habitat of the endangered Spider crab and the Ribbed Mediterranean Limpet.

The Chief Minister insisted that an EIA was being carried out, and divers were currently surveying the area and moving any spider crabs found, to another maintained area. He added that silt curtains would be implemented in the dredged areas of the marina that contain limpets. Answering a separate question, Mr. Picardo noted that thus far, the Government had spent £137,440 on the project.

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May 16 - GSD Rejects Double Standards Claim – Calls Government Petty

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gsdThe Opposition has voiced their astonishment at the Government’s pettiness within press releases. They insist that if the administration spent more time ‘ getting on with the job they were elected to do, they might be delivering some of the change that they promised people at the last election.’

The GSD notes that the latest petty press release concerns the issuing of public statements after questions have been lodged by the Opposition, a matter that we have not raised publicly in relation to this Parliamentary session.

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May 15 - Parliament Sits for First Time Since Refurbishment

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gib parliament This afternoon members of Parliament sat for the first time in two months, following an extensive refurbishment to the Chamber. The work done includes the seating and storage arrangements for the clerk of the house, as well as the modernisation of the premises. Cameras and a digital recording system have also been installed, meaning that in future parliament sessions may be televised and live streamed over the internet, once rules and regulations are finalised. During the session, the Chief Minister thanked GJBS as well as Carl Viagas for their work on the chamber.

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