25 July 2012

Argentine President in pointless Falklands gesture

So it looks as if Argentina is making a pointless protest over the fact that the Falklands are the Falklands and not the Malvinas: The Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not  attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in a diplomatic snub.

The Argentine embassy in London confirmed to The Independent today that President Fernandez would not be attending at any point during the Games. The spokesman refused to be drawn on whether the decision was a deliberate diplomatic snub to Britain.

Argentina’s president has taken an increasingly hard line on the Falkland Islands, presumably as a pathetic diversion from the fact that the Argentine economy is in a shitty way,

President Fernandez has however called on Argentina’s athletes to refrain from making any overt political gestures during their time in London, a move which was welcomed by the International Olympic Committee.

If the people of the Falklands wanted to be Argentine then I would happily see the Islands cease to be British territory in a hearybeat. Since they don't and many will remember well the last time Argentines visited the islands in numbers it is not going to happen any time soon. Fernandez would do better to look at her country's economy and plenty f other issues rather than engage in these silly postures.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

I suggest that both sides look at another option: to hand over the place to a neutral third party. Since there is oil in the vicinity, Venezuela or Saudi Arabia are the natural choices for the ownership ;-)

jams o donnell said...

I think the Kelpers would prefer the Argentines to Chavez or the Saudis!

Steve Hayes said...

I can understand people wanting to reclaim territory when they (or possibly their ancestors) were forcibly driven out, but as far as I know the present population of the Falklands displaced no one, and to claim the islands on the grounds of geographical proximity is just imperialism.

jams o donnell said...

Well not many people and they had not been on the Islands for long. Personally I would like to see Britain either divest itself of all its remaining possessions... or incorporate them properly into the UK as the French have done with many of their remaining overseas territories