ARA General Belgrano

Clarkson offending again, but Argies are big blouses anyway

Jeremy Clarkson is again in hot water…well lukewarm water to be fair.

The Argies are upset over a number plate on a car he drove through Argentina. Its a bit of a beat up since it is essentially meaningless and the car has had that plate since registration.

Jeremy Clarkson was facing the wrath of Argentinians on Thursday after driving though the country in a Porsche with the numberplate H982 FKL – a possible reference to the 1982 Falklands war.

The stunt, which was filmed for Top Gear, is the latest in a series of offensive remarks or gestures by the BBC presenter, who was found to have breached Ofcom guidelines in July when he referred to an Asian man as a “slope” while filming Top Gear in Burma.

Clarkson, who was forced to apologise in May after appearing to mumble the N-word as he sang a rhyme for the programme, was reportedly warned two weeks ago by the BBC not to cause a diplomatic row while filming the motoring programme in Argentina.

His goading gesture went unnoticed on the first part of his trip from the ski resort of Bariloche to the southern port of Ushuaia, but made local headlines as he neared the end of his 1,350 mile trek at the head of a convoy of vehicles including a Lotus and Ford Mustang driven by fellow Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond.

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The Argentinian economy must be rooted

The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion

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”.

In a lengthy denunciation of British policy published in Argentine daily Pagina 12 (Page 12), H?ctor Timerman, the country’s foreign minister, painted Argentina as a valiant underdog cheered on by the world in its David and Goliath-esque battle with an arrogant but ailing colonial power. ? Read more »

Argentinian ratbags got what they deserved

The_empire_strikes_back_newsweekApart 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 »

They have got stuff all chance of getting the Falklands back

Everyone knows the Argentinians are a bunch of useless broken-arsed ratbags who can’t pay their bills.

Just how broke they are is surprising.

THE Argentine government was caught completely off-guard last October when authorities from the Ghanaian port of Tema?seized?the?Libertad, a frigate used for training naval cadets. The country had already spent years sparring in the courts with investors who own bonds on which it defaulted in 2001. But its officials never anticipated that one New York-based hedge fund would manage to secure an order from a Ghanaian judge to hold the vessel in port because of Argentina?s failure to pay its debts.? Read more »

Stop whining and remember who won the war

The Argentinians are whining about Britain sending a ship to its own waters.

Britain has defended its right to send a warship to the Falklands, after Argentina threatened to report it to the United Nations for ?militarising? the archipelago.

As if having a big sook and going to the UN will make a difference.

And typical of Argies who don?t have any victories to celebrate they are celebrating the poms sinking of the General Belgrano

Tensions between Britain and Argentina have risen ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. The Argentine government has recently named the upcoming football season in honour of the Belgrano, a naval ship sunk by British forces in the conflict.

Some Argie loving lefty tree hugging hippy will probably start going on about how the Belgrano was fleeing when it was sunk. The Belgrano was an Argie boat, there is a better than average chance it was fleeing, but it was war and the Argies needed a good lesson, and Thatcher was right.

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Maggie was right, Ctd

As evidence begins to be released by the British government 30 years after the sinking of the General Belgrano we can begin to see that Margaret Thatcher was right in ordering the sinking of the General Belgrano.

The sinking provided this irreverent front page from The Sun.

Maggie was right

In a famous interview with a bossy school teacher Margaret Thatcher told everyone they would have to wait 30 years for evidence about the sinking of the General Belgrano to come out.

Just as she said 30 years later the evidence is starting to come out.

For decades debate and recrimination has raged over where the ship was heading when it was torpedoed by a Royal Navy submarine.

Britain received international criticism after the sinking after the Argentine Junta announced that the warship had been returning to its home port and was outside the 200 mile exclusion zone imposed by Whitehall.

But Major David Thorp, who spent 34 years working as a signals expert in military intelligence, has disclosed for the first time that he was asked to carry out a trawl of all the intelligence on the sinking at the direct request of Margaret Thatcher a few months after the end of the war.

He was ordered to compile a report for the Prime Minister called ?The Sinking of the Belgrano? that has never been published.

From his own signals intercepts and those from other Government agencies, he proved that the Argentine cruiser was heading into the exclusion zone.

Thatcher didn’t say anything and tied it all up in the Official Secret Act because she clearly didn’t want the Argies to know that Britain could read and decipher their signals.

The report states that in late April 1982, they intercepted a message sent from naval headquarters ordering the Belgrano and its escorts to a grid reference within the exclusion zone and not back to base as the Argentines later claimed.

The Belgrano was sunk by two torpedoes fired by the hunter-killer submarine Conqueror on May 2 with the loss of 323 lives a number of miles outside the exclusion zone.

?For some reason they decided on a rendezvous point still within the exclusion zone,? Major Thorp said. ?Whether they were trying to raise a thumb at us I don?t know. At the time I thought it was strange thinking why didn?t they go straight into port??

Maggie Thatcher was right to order the sinking of the Belgrano. Now that 30 years has elapsed the evidence can begin to come out.