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 »
Even though he has chalked out.
Rear-Admiral Linley Middleton, who has died aged 83, was the last captain of the strike carrier Hermes, flagship of the Task Force which won the Falklands conflict 30 years ago.
Middleton was appointed in 1980, while she was being refitted at Portsmouth with a 12-degree ski-jump to operate Sea Harriers . But in June 1981, a few months after she had emerged from the dockyard, Middleton learned that under the 1982 Defence Review his ship was to be scrapped. It required all Middleton’s leadership skills to reconcile his crew to this development, and he had just sent the ship’s company and the aircrew on Easter leave when Argentina invaded the Falklands. Middleton returned from his holiday in the Mediterranean, and in the course of a single weekend recalled his crew and stored his ship so that she was ready to sail three days later, on April 5 1982.
Hermes’s Sea Harriers had been increased from five to 12, and they were lined up on the flightdeck as she left Portsmouth to the cheers of crowds. In mid-Atlantic Hermes was designated the Task Force’s flagship, and Middleton became senior aviation adviser to the Task Force commander.
That is a testament to his organisational skills. HMS Hermes performed well int eh Falklands War under a typical Pommy officer who was humble.
During the 10 weeks of hostilities, Hermes’s air group was further strengthened to 16 Fleet Air Arm Sea Harrier fighters, 10 ground-attack Harriers of the RAF, and 10 Sea King helicopters. With this complement of aircraft Hermes took part in every type of operation during the Falklands conflict: air defence, ground attack, anti-submarine operations, and troop-lift, including Special Forces missions and air-sea rescue.
Between the first aerial combat on May 1 and the last on June 8, Sea Harriers from Hermes shot down 13 Argentine aircraft and destroyed three more on the ground. She also bombed and strafed the spy trawler Narwal, which, after capture, sank on May 10; the carrier’s helicopters also took part in the attempted salvage and subsequent evacuation of the destroyer Sheffield.
When Hermes returned to Portsmouth after an absence of 108 days, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was flown onboard to congratulate Middleton and his ship’s company. For his part, Middleton was modest about their achievements: “It was all absolutely routine, daily attacks, nothing untoward,” adding that “The battle was won on the ground, but they couldn’t have done it without us.” He was awarded a DSO.
The Argentine army likes to march backwards and their navy…well…a picture paints a thousand words:
David Cameron is manning up against the Argies:
Britain is prepared to defend the Falkland Islands with military force if Argentina launched another invasion, David Cameron has said.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said troops would be deployed in the event of another attempt by Buenos Aires to re-take the islands.
He made the UK’s “extremely strong” position clear after Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Argentine president, renewed her accusations that the islands were stolen by Britain.
In an escalation of aggressive rhetoric, she took out advertisements in British newspapers claiming that the islands were forcibly stripped from Argentina in “a blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism”.
Her position has hardened since last year’s 10 year anniversary of the Falklands War and the discovery of potential oil resources off the coast of the islands.
Mr Cameron this morning said he would fight to keep the Falklands in the same way Margaret Thatcher launched forces to protect the islanders in 1982.
Asked if Britain would defend the islands, he replied: “Of course we would and we have strong defences in place on the Falkland islands, that is absolutely key, that we have fast jets stationed there, we have troops stationed on the Falklands.
Cameron needs to park a couple of Astute Class subs in and around the vicinity of Buenos Aires.
The stupid Argie bint Kirchner is still rabbiting on about the Falklands.
David Cameron should stop buggering around and put a Vanguard class submarine off the beach at Buenos Aires. The Argies would crap themselves and start marching backwards.
David Cameron must return the Falkland Islands to Argentina, 180 years after the territories were “forcibly stripped” from the South American country, the country’s president has claimed in newspaper adverts.
In an emotional open letter to the British prime minister, Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s president, has called on him to honour a United Nations resolution dating from 1965 and start negotiations about handing over the islands.
Margaret Thatcher gave Francois Mitterand a good bollocking after the Poms found out that the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys were trying to smuggle Exocets into Argentina at the height of the Falklands war:
Margaret Thatcher warned that Britain’s relationship with France would suffer a “devastating” blow if the latter allowed Exocet missiles to be smuggled to Argentina during the Falklands War.
In a secret telegram to French president Francois Mitterand, the Prime Minister even cast doubt on the future of the Nato alliance, should he fail to stop shipments of the anti-ship missile, then being used with awful effect against Britain’s task force in the South Atlantic.
The sea-skimming Exocet was the most feared weapon in the Argentinian armoury, accounting for the destroyer Sheffield and the container ship Atlantic Conveyor, and posing a mortal threat to Operation Corporate, the mission to recover the Falklands.
Fortunately for Britain, only five of the missiles, manufactured by France’s Aerospatiale, had been delivered Read more »
Trevor Mallard must have been advising the British Foreign Office on Twitter etiquette. Though I can’t see much wrong with what he was tweeting…sounds like he was fitting in just fine with the locals in Chile:
Britain’s ambassador to Chile has been forced to apologise for what was meant to be a private Twitter jibe against Argentina and its defeat in the Falklands war.
Jon Benjamin, a diplomat for more than 25 years, was so happy about getting a ticket to World Cup qualifying clash between the South American countries in Santiago on Tuesday that he went more public than he meant with a posting.
Adopting a Chilean football taunt that goes “Argentines, faggots, you lost the Malvinas because you are idiots”, Benjamin tweeted in Spanish, asking: “Which islands did they take off who and for being what?” But he forgot to make it private.
Twitter criticism of the self-styled “Hammers fan, Londoner at heart, Jewish atheist” included threats of violence and antisemitic responses.
Benjamin deleted his offending tweet and apologised, saying it had been a private tweet and that he had “great affection for my Argentine friends and respect for their team”. The Argentine sports daily Ole said that was no excuse.
The Foreign Office said: “Our ambassador to Chile appears to have inadvertently caused some controversy in a tweet. He has deleted it.”
It is always good to see a politician clearly say what they believe in.
As Cristina Kirchner, the Argentinian president, prepared to address a United Nations decolonisation committee in New York over her country’s claim to the islands, the British Prime minister delivered a strongly-worded speech in which he said there would be “no negotiation” over the future of the islands.
Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands conflict, Mr Cameron said he had no wish to stoke a row with Argentina, but added: “When it comes to the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, there will be absolutely no negotiation.
“This is not some game of global monopoly – with nations passing a territory between them. It’s about the Islanders determining their own future.
“This has been their home for almost 180 years. There are children whose ancestors have lived there for generations. The roots go deep – and they will not be ripped out.”
“So my message to the Government of Argentina is this. The UK has no aggressive intentions towards you. Accusations of militarisation and nuclear threats are hyperbole and propaganda.
“But do not underestimate our resolve. Threats will not work. Attempts to intimidate the Islanders will not succeed. Because Britain stands ready and willing to stand up for the Falkland Islanders at any time.
“As long as they wish to remain a British territory, that is the way it will stay.”