Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes that Mr Azopardi has issued a further, deeply partisan statement in which, once again, he vehemently attacks the Chief Minister.
By way of response, Mr Picardo said:
‘My New Year Message was forward-looking and utterly non-political. It pointed the way forward for Gibraltar and its people. In sharp contrast, Mr Azopardi’s Message was little more than a party-political attack on the GSLP and on me personally.
Constructive disagreement is an important part of democracy, but angry ‘name calling’ gets us nowhere. It is a pity Mr Azopardi has chosen to start the year so negatively and with such unnecessary confrontation.
My Government will continue to work hard on the best post-Brexit future for all of us. We continue to offer the Opposition every opportunity to co-operate with us in this endeavour but in the role the electorate have chosen for them.
However, Mr Azopardi merely sticks with his old negative policy of mud-slinging and insults. He needs to understand that we should be trying to raise, not lower, the tone of the post-election debate: we are adversaries and not enemies.
The electorate are no fools and they have made it abundantly clear which approach they prefer.’