The Falklands

Like a broken record the Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is calling on the British government to hand over the Falklands Island. A island that wishes to be British, and we have shown our commitment in the past to enable the islanders to have self- determination. Kirchner calls on David Cameron to abide by a UN resolution from 1965 to ‘negotiate a solution’. A solution would imply there is a problem and as far as I can see the only problem in regards to the Falklands is that Argentina are incapable of accepting the self- determination of the Falkland islanders.

Maybe President Fernandez should focus less upon the fact that Argentina does not have sovereignty over the Falklands and more upon the economic situation in Argentina. Where Inflation is out of control, the government is unwilling to honour its commitments to bond holders. When the Argentine government is not having its navies flagship impounded for failure to pay what it owes and is threatened with expulsion from the IMF.

As Mrs Thatcher said in 1982, ‘The people of the Falkland Islands, like the people of the United Kingdom, are an island race. They are few in number but they have the right to live in peace, to choose their own way of life and to determine their own allegiance. They way of life is British; their allegiance is to the Crown. It is the wish of the British people and the duty of Her Majesty’s Government to do everything that we can to uphold that right. That will be our hope and our endeavour, and, I believe, the resolve, of every Member of this House.’


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