Regular readers will know that I am not exactly a fan of Argentina‘s current President, one Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. That Argentina is a country that invaded British territory less than 30 years ago isn’t really part of it.Nor is that despite their defeat in 1982 they keep agitating. It’s difficult to have much regard for somebody who clearly has no ability as a politician, and is exploiting an issue and hoodwinking her own citizens. It’s the equivalent of the people of Britain electing Katie Price as PM.
During this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions Tory MP Andrew Rosindell asked Mr Cameron to remind President Barack Obama that “the British government will never accept any kind of negotiations over the South Atlantic archipelago”. This comes a week after the US’s incredibly naive reference to the Falklands as ‘the Malvinas’ in a joint declaration with Argentina.
Mr Cameron, to his credit, responded that “as long as the Falkland Islands want to be sovereign British territory, they should remain sovereign British territory – full stop, end of story.”
Kirchner called Cameron’s comments an “expression of mediocrity, and almost of stupidity”. Really, I’m not making it up. Also that the British people “continue to be a crude colonial power in decline”. Kirchner’s new-found confidence no doubt come after the US’s pro-Argentinian stance became clear last week. The hypocrisy is outstanding. The Falklands existed and were settled by British people before Argentina even existed. The majority of Argentinians are of Spanish settler descent – are they all going to go home, and leave South America to the indigenous people?
Earlier this week a Falkland Islander became the first person from the British territory to accept Argentinian citizenship. Predictably, Argentina made a big deal about it, incorporating giving this gentleman (I’m not going to repeat his name) his identity card during a ceremony to mark the end of the Falklands War. Whatever his reasons, he’s putting his homeland at risk by inflating the Argentinians ambitions and appearing to validate their viewpoint. That over 200 British men died to liberate the Falklands, we should never forget.
It’s funny that Argentina has been ramping up its stance over the Falklands in the past year or two. First oil is discovered in the South Atlantic. Argentina is also suffering from a very deep recession, and the associated problems that go with it. Kirchner is unpopular and is low in the opinion polls. There is a presidential election in October, and Kirchner has yet to declare if she is a candidate or not. Using the Falklands issue is a pretty basic ploy in Argentine politics – it seems to make normally sane people foam at the mouth.
I don’t normally go in for jingoism, or anything that might be seen as jingoism. But I want any Falkland Islanders reading this to know that the people of Britain are with you.
- Argentinian president ridicules Cameron over Falklands (guardian.co.uk)
- Britain Is A “Crude Colonial Power In Decline,” Says Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner (businessinsider.com)
- Britain a ‘crude colonial power in decline’, says Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner (telegraph.co.uk)
- Falklands hero’s son becomes Argentine (telegraph.co.uk)
- Argentinian President: Britain Is A “Crude Colonial Power In Decline” (goldgunsgeopolitics.wordpress.com)
- Argentina condemns Cameron remarks (mirror.co.uk)
- Argentina President Slams ‘Mediocre’ Cameron (news.sky.com)
- Argentina grants ID card to man born in Falkland Islands (telegraph.co.uk)
- Falklander rejects British citizenship (independent.co.uk)
- White House Backs Argentina in Falkland Dispute (foxnews.com)
- Argentina condemns David Cameron remarks (independent.co.uk)
- Four More Years of Kirchner in Argentina? (pajamasmedia.com)
- Argentina’s presidential race: Will she, won’t she? (economist.com)