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.”Â 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 inÂ increasinglyÂ shrill statements designed to distract her silly citizens from the financial problems besetting Argentina.
Baroness Thatcherâs 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 Thatcherâs children, Sir Mark and Carol, believe that such protocol would be âinappropriateâ.Â 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 âit will make Suez look like common senseâ â and a secret memo from defence chiefs spelled out both the expense and âserious riskâ 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.
âWe have to recover those islands,â she said. âWe 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.â
The cover of that monthâs Newsweek magazine was a picture of Hermes beneath the headline âThe Empire Strikes Backâ.Â Read more »
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 Middletonâs leadership skills to reconcile his crew to this development, and he had just sent the shipâs 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.
Hermesâs 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 Forceâs flagship, and Middleton became senior aviation adviser to the Task Force commander.
That is a testament to his organisational skills. HMS HermesÂ performedÂ well int ehÂ FalklandsÂ War under a typical Pommy officer who was humble.
During the 10 weeks of hostilities, Hermesâs 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 carrierâs 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 shipâs company. For his part, Middleton was modest about their achievements: âIt was all absolutely routine, daily attacks, nothing untoward,â adding that âThe battle was won on the ground, but they couldnât have done it without us.â He was awarded a DSO.
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 ofÂ BuenosÂ Aires.
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 âforcibly strippedâ from the South American country, the countryâs president has claimed in newspaper adverts.
In an emotional open letter to the British prime minister, Cristina Kirchner, Argentinaâs president, has called on him to honour a United Nations resolution dating from 1965 and start negotiations about handing over the islands.
Margaret Thatcher warned that Britainâs relationship with France would suffer a âdevastatingâ 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 Britainâs 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 Franceâs Aerospatiale, had been delivered Read more »