Britain has accused the Argentine government of being responsible for escalating tensions in the Falklands.
Four cruise lines recently cancelled scheduled visits to the islands following intimidation from Left-wing groups and unions.
But new reports suggest the Argentine navy’s own coastguard is harassing ships in Falklands waters.
The British government believes the move marks an escalation of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s campaign to ‘strangle’ the Falklands economy. Read more »
The Argie ratbags have been vetoed by the family from attending Maggie’s funeral. Good stuff, especially as Cristina Kircher keeps demanding the Falkland Islands back in increasingly shrill statements designed to distract her silly citizens from the financial problems besetting Argentina.
Baroness Thatcher’s family have vetoed representatives of the Argentine government attending her funeral next week.
Whitehall officials proposed the presence of Argentine officials at a meeting of the committee which is organising the funeral, code-named Operation True Blue.
The Telegraph understands that Lady Thatcher’s children, Sir Mark and Carol, believe that such protocol would be “inappropriate”. Read more »
Apart from smashing the unions Margaret Thatcher also smashed the Argentines after they invaded the Falkland Islands. The Telegraph has some good coverage and the ITN video above is a great summary as well.
Margaret Thatcher served as prime minister for more than 11 years, but it was arguably the 74 days she spent evicting the Argentine invaders from the Falkland Islands that did most to fix the image of an unbending, uncompromising leader in the British popular imagination.
…Several Tory MPs, including Ken Clarke, then a junior minister, warned against fighting. Sir Ian Gilmour, a Tory wet, predicted that “it will make Suez look like common sense” — and a secret memo from defence chiefs spelled out both the expense and “serious risk” of fighting a conflict so far from home.
Overruling those voices of caution, Mrs Thatcher gave the order for the Task Force to sail on April 5 with the aircraft carriers Hermes and Invincible at the centre of a fleet that would ultimately contain 38 warships, 77 auxiliary vessel and 11,000 soldiers and marines.
“We have to recover those islands,” she said. “We have to recover them for the people on them are British and British stock and they still owe allegiance to the Crown and want to be British.”
The cover of that month’s Newsweek magazine was a picture of Hermes beneath the headline “The Empire Strikes Back”. Read more »
Cristina Kircher must be getting social media advice from Trevor Mallard. Someone needs to tell the silly bint the only way they are going to get the Falklands back is to fight for them, and that doesn’t go so well when your army likes marching backwards.
Territorio inglés a más de 12 mil kms de distancia? La pregunta no aguanta ni jardín de infantes de 3 años.
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) March 27, 2013
The president of Argentina has lashed out at Britain’s sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in an extraordinary Twitter rant, claiming that “even three-year-old children” would dismiss the UK’s position.
Cristina Kirchner, the firebrand ruler of Argentina, took to the social media site following a meeting of the UN special committee of decolonisation, firing off a stream of 27 tweets in under two hours.
“An English territory more than 12,000km away? The question is not even worthy of a kindergarten of three year olds,” she wrote on Wednesday night. Read more »
Good morning and welcome to the Sunday General Debate. Plenty happened this week in NZ and around the world: a new Pope was elected, the Warriors lost….again, Shane Jones gets to sit a bit closer to Shearer, and it’s still not raining. The Gay Marriage Bill passed its second reading, and the Falkland Islanders gave the Argies the big finger.
Pope Francis celebrates by doing Gangnam Style.
The Falklands referendum came out exactly as expected, a Briton shall never be a slave and the argies got a good kick in the cods.
The emphatic Yes-vote is a public relations setback for Cristina Kirchner, president of Argentina, who has reignited the dispute over sovereignty, maintaining that the islanders are an “implanted” population lacking the right to self-determination. Read more »
Criticism is mounting about the new pope Francis I. It is looking like they really have selected another ratbag. A mate joked the other day when I mentioned they’d selected an Argentinean…oh yet another nazi at the head of the Catholic Church.
The Pope has been accused of failing to stand up to the brutal military junta that slaughtered tens of thousands of Argentines in its so-called Dirty War.
Critics say Jorge Mario Bergoglio did little to help those who disappeared when the country was under right-wing military rule – and too much to criticise the left-wing opponents of the generals.
He has even been accused of turning a blind eye to the rounding up and torturing of his own Jesuit priests, something he strongly denies. Read more »
The hunt is on in the Falkland Islands for the three ratbags who voted no. The British media are looking hard for the Argie loving scum:
After the victory – the speculation.
So who exactly are the ‘Falklands Three’, the trio of dissenters who voted ‘No’ to the Falkland Islands remaining as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom? Read more »
Nile Gardiner delivers one great big long sledge against the Argies over the Falkland Islands:
Just last month, Argentina’s foreign minister Hector Timerman declared that the Falkland Islanders “do not exist”. Well they do exist, and clearly do not wish to live under the boot of Argentina. Many of the Falklands’ 3,000 inhabitants have lived under Argentine occupation, and have no desire to do so again. Argentina’s increasingly unpopular government, desperate to whip up nationalist sentiment against a backdrop of Socialist-driven economic decay, will attempt to dismiss the referendum as an irrelevance. But there can be no doubt that the huge vote in favour of the status quo on the Falkland Islands will make Kirchner’s campaign to turn the Falklands into “las Islas Malvinas” even more futile. It will make it harder for Mrs. Kirchner to stomp around the United Nations calling for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Islands, when barely any of its inhabitants share her views. The Falklands referendum result will only further reinforce the image of Cristina Kirchner as a desperate figure who lives in her own parallel universe, destined to become a laughing stock even among her own Latin American neighbours, who will only grow more and more weary of her Falklands obsession. Read more »
The Falkland Islanders have voted. The Argies cop one in the cods – big time. Time to retreat with their tail between their legs, just like in 1982.
Defiant Falkland Islanders voted overwhelmingly last night to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Some 1,517 British citizens out of a population of about 2,900 cast their ballots in the landmark poll. The yes votes numbered 1,513 while only three voted no to remaining part of the UK.
David Cameron today called on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of the Falkland Islands after they voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory. Read more »