I reckon the Poms should unfurl a massive banner of the Sun frontpage in retribution.
Argentina’s footballers inflamed their country’s rivalry with England on the eve of the World Cup on Saturday, unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands before defeating Slovenia 2-0.
Goals from Ricardo Alvarez and skipper Lionel Messi ensured a winning send-off for the home side at La Plata, north of Buenos Aires, before they head to Brazil.
But the Argentinian squad will have raised eyebrows in Britain showing off their politically-charged banner declaring “Las Malvinas Son Argentinas (The Malvinas are Argentine)” to the 52,000 crowd before kick off.
The banner is regularly put on show before Argentina’s games. But the proximity to the World Cup brought new attention.
The South Atlantic islands have been ruled by Britain since 1833 but Argentina claims them and in 1982 attempted to seize control, sparking a brief but intense war.¬† Read more »
Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the “new show of military force”.
It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.
A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: “The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.¬†¬† Read more »
The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion
The Argie economy must be on its knees with all the belligerence out of Buenos Aires at the moment.
Argentina has ridiculed Britain as an impotent colonial aggressor on the wrong side of history in the Falklands dispute, insisting it will not be cowed by “verbal and military threats” as “the lion roars but does not inspire fear”.
David Cameron has told the Argies that if they want another go over the Falklands then he is up for it.
David Cameron has promised to defend the Falkland Islands after a “momentous” year in which residents voted to remain a British overseas territory.
In a Christmas message, the Prime Minister, said the world should respect the overwhelming result of a referendum in March which came in the face of increasing calls from Argentina to negotiate the island’s sovereignty.
“2013 will be remembered as a momentous year in the history of the Falkland Islands,” Cameron said.
“So as we look to 2014, you can count on the British government’s continued support in countering the Argentine government’s campaign to claim the islands’ resources and to inflict damage on your economy.”¬† Read more »
Argentina‚Äôs president,¬†Cristina Fern√°ndez de Kirchner, has been told by doctors to take a month off after recently suffering a head injury, her spokesman said Saturday.
The spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, said in a statement that Mrs. Kirchner, 60, had suffered a ‚Äúskull trauma‚ÄĚ on Aug. 12, and that doctors submitted Mrs. Kirchner to a neurological exam on Saturday after she presented symptoms of a migraine during a routine exam for an abnormal heart rhythm. ¬† 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs children, Sir Mark and Carol, believe that such protocol would be ‚Äúinappropriate‚ÄĚ.¬† 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 ‚Äúit will make Suez look like common sense‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ and a secret memo from defence chiefs spelled out both the expense and ‚Äúserious risk‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúWe have to recover those islands,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe 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.‚ÄĚ
The cover of that month‚Äôs Newsweek magazine was a picture of Hermes beneath the headline ‚ÄúThe Empire Strikes Back‚ÄĚ.¬† Read more »