You can always tell when politicians are in trouble, they tend to opt for demagoguery and often look to a country’s grievances abroad to try and divert attention away from problems at home. Such appears to be the case of Argentinian President Kirchner who has put out a series of ads in the Argentinian press telling Cameron that he ‘must’ return the Falklands to Argentina, despite the fact that there are no Argentinians living there and the people who do cannot be convinced that they will be better off as part of Argentina (and who can blame them)


David Cameron must return the Falkland Islands to Argentina, 180 years after the territories were “forcibly stripped” from the South American country, the country’s president has claimed in newspaper adverts. In an emotional open letter to the British prime minister, Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s president, has called on him to honour a United Nations resolution dating from 1965 and start negotiations about handing over the islands.

The forcibly stripped part refers to a British action where after a mutiny and the murder of five men one of whom was the governor of the Argentinian settlement. The perpetrators were captured and returned to Buenos Aires having left the original Argentinian settlement abandoned and in ruins. So the entire claim is made on the actions of murderers who more or less destroyed the settlement and who fled to the interior of the island.

Last night the Foreign Office said that it “strenuously denied” that Britain expelled Argentine citizens from the Falklands in 1833.

Which is indeed true, the murdering mutineers were handed over to Buenos Aires to face justice, not expelled. (The Argentinians regard them as heroes despite the fact that it was they who wrecked the settlement and destroyed Argentina’s claim)

The real issue is that today, Argentina once again has an unpopular government facing public protests over corruption, high inflation, and economic dysfunction.On November 8, anywhere from 250,000 to 700,000 Argentines descended on the Plaza de Mayo as part of a gigantic anti-Kirchner march. Besides 25 percent inflation, draconian currency controls, rising crime, and government corruption scandals, Argentines are also mad about Kirchner’s autocratic abuses, particularly her crusade against opposition journalists.

This is the reason behind the adverts, not some altruistic claim of right, but the actions of a politician desperate to hold onto power in the face of chaos at home.

It’s a use of the big lie technique where the facts take second place to what actually happened, problem is, enough Argentinians believe their version of the truth, but still Kirchner’s playing a very dangerous game.

7 comments for “Must?

  1. January 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    The Falklands were claimed by Britain before the “United Provinces of the River Plate” (Argentina) had broken free from Spain. That is, Argentina didn’t even exist.

    As for the country’s rather cheap-looking current leader, she’ll be blaming the joooooz for her woes next.

  2. Twenty_Rothmans
    January 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Come and get them.

    It might be the only thing to prevent Labour from winning the next election.

  3. Paul
    January 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    It’s not just a case of Argentina menacing the Falkland Islands; the Spanish Civil Guard (police) are still invading British territorial waters in Gibraltar, along with Spanish fishermen. The situation with Gib is not dissimilar to the political climate in the Falkland Islands – almost no-one in Gibraltar wants to become Spanish. They’re happy being British (or British Gibraltarian) or increasingly just Gibraltarian and not Spanish.

    As for de Kirchner – hell to her. The Falkland Islands are British and will stay British. This is a desperate stunt on the part of a desperate politician, and I think a lot of the Argentine public know this, especially many of them in the middle class, those people that are educated about their country’s claim and aren’t given to stupid, kneejerk nationalism.

    The press isn’t exactly free in Argieland, and notable dissenters from the Argentinian position (not necessarily those that strongly support the British claim) have been pilloried and abused and described as traitors.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    January 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

    And what is Britain going to do about it?

    Send their two remaining R.N rowing boats? Ask the French nicely, if they can borrow their aircraft carrier?

    • January 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

      That’s the nub of it.

  5. mona
    January 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Kirchner and her tribe should hand back the lands of Argentina to the Indigenous people and go back to the UN and apologise for the Massacres her tribe committed when stealing land from the victims of Genocide.

  6. Greg Tingey
    January 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Interestingly there exists a contemporary account of the area at the time, which is usually read for other reasons.
    “The voyage of the Beagle”

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