The Falklands Will Stay British
David Cameron continues to delight Conservatives with his pledge today that the Falkland Islands will remain British for as long as their inhabitants wish them to do so. This follows further threats and intimidation of the islanders by Argentina and the decision by Brazil and Uruguay to ban ships flying the Falklands flag from using their ports. This is a rather meaningless gesture as any Falklands vessels are entitled to switch to the British red ensign should they chose to do so.
As I have posted before, the Falkland Islands are sovereign British territory by the democratically expressed choice of their inhabitants. Any nation which claims to be liberal and democratic should support the right of self determination of the islanders and nothing the UK does should undermine that right. When I posted my previous article on the Falklands it sparked a discussion which last for over a year and amounted to 196 comments. I realise that this excites great passions in Argentina but the country will have to get used to the situation and behave like a mature democracy.
David Cameron is exactly right to make a forceful statement of his support for the islanders. The most dangerous practice is to send an uncertain message. It might also be prudent to discreetly beef up the British military presence in the South Atlantic. The deep cuts in the Royal Navy don’t help but the UK could easily despatch a nuclear hunter-killer submarine and some more fighter jets. As we approach the 30th anniversary of the invasion of the Falklands by Argentina the UK must stand firm behind democracy and the rule of law. By doing so, David Cameron has earned himself more respect among many whon may have occasionally wondered what metal he was made of!
Let Argentina be in no doubt….the Falklands WILL remain British!