May 09 - Queens Speech "Gibraltarians’ right to determine their political futures"

Gibraltar FlagHer Majesty The Queen's speech this year was a great boost of confidence to all the Gibraltarians who have sometimes doubted the British support and action over the territorial waters and other issues. Yesterday, Her Majesty announced that: 

“My government will ensure the security, good governance and development of the Overseas Territories, including by protecting the Falkland Islanders’ and Gibraltarians’ right to determine their political futures.”

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May 08 - Queen Defends Gibraltar Sovereignty in Parliament Opening Speech

text news During Her Majesty the Queen’s speech at the annual opening of the UK Parliament this morning, she touched upon the issue of the sovereignty of the UK’s Overseas Territories. Commenting on the matter, the Queen noted, ‘My government will ensure the security, good governance and development of the Overseas Territories, including by protecting the Falkland Islanders’ and Gibraltarians’ right to determine their political futures’. A speech is read by the Queen annually from Throne in the House of Lords. All members of Parliament and the House of Lords are present at the event, which usually sees Her Majesty outline the Government’s policies for the new parliamentary session.

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May 08 - GSD Calls For Straightforward Answers on Flotel

gsdWith regards to the Sunborn Flotel Project, the GSD has taken note of the Government’s reply. They insist that the Government’s recent statement is ‘yet another stark illustration of the extent to which the GSLP's "a New Dawn" election mantra in 2011 is proving to be a “False Dawn”.  This Government’s defence to practically every criticism is, generally, ‘we’re only doing what the previous administration did before us,’ i.e., ‘everything that we so vocally criticised before we edged into office in December 2011 is now fair game...’

Be that as it may, the Opposition notes that the Government has omitted to answer any of the questions raised in the Opposition’s original statement and will, for the avoidance of doubt, repeat them in a concise manner:

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May 08 - PDP Press Release on Floating Hotel - Sunborn

PDP - Floating Hotel SunbornThe PDP acknowledges the efforts of the Government in providing Gibraltar with five star+ accommodation. There is no doubt that Gibraltar will benefit from this product for both tourists and business travellers alike. The floating hotel in itself is a novel concept that has the potential to raise the appeal of Gibraltar to travellers and as a consequence the PDP cautiously welcomes its imminent arrival. The PDP acknowledge the advantages in terms of timing of such a concept. Clearly Gibraltar has been in need of 1st rate Hotel accommodation and there can be no doubt that the building of a new hotel would have taken far longer.

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