There have only been a few occasions in my life when I have been Gobsmacked and I have just experience another rare occurrence.
The Gibraltar Government has just announced that Clive Golt is its new media director replacing the late lamented Francis Cantos.
Certainly Mr Golt, a one-time stalwart of the GBC and more latterly the editor of the GSLP-leaning New People, has all the credentials for the job and more.
He resigned from his GBC post to stand as a GSLP candidate in the 1996 elections. Sadly for him the GSLP lost power, he wasn’t elected to the then House of Assembly, and has spent the years since out in the cold.
Perhaps cold is an understatement as the relationship between Mr Golt and the Chief Minister, Peter Caruana, his new employer, was at best frigid. Numerous rows and unpleasant accusations went to and fro between the two in public. I bite my tongue!
Now Caruana says he has never doubted Golt’s “personal integrity” – whoops there goes another political pig flying overhead.
Still Mr Golt is now a civil servant and should the GSD lose power next year as the opinion polls predict, he will still be in the job serving the new GSLP government.
Which is where he wanted to be in the first place.
A smart move therefore by Mr Golt but Mr Caruana has left me Gobsmacked!