The Anonymous Widower

The Circular Argument Over The Falklands

Whatever the Pope thinks about the Falklands is all fairly irrelevant, despite what was said in the my post about the Daily Mirror, as he has other more pressing problems.

In the end though, economic arguments will win through, so consider these facts.

Argentina’s economy is pretty much a basket case and with policies like nationalising oil companies as reported here, they are annoying possible supporters like Spain.

Spain too, would like to get rid of that irritant Gibraltar, but with their economic problems, they are not going to do anything rash in the area.  Although, they do block various EU measures because of it. I think the Spanish are sensible enough to realise that British visitors are an important part of their economy.

The UK, is also a big destination for Spanish unemployed, where they are one of the bigger groups of immigrants.

And then there’s the Spanish enclaves on the coast of North Africa, which to Morocco are probably the same sort of irritant as Gibraltar is to Spain and the Falklands are to Argentina.

So the economy and the politics go round and round.

Throw in possible Scottish independence, which would  be an encouragement to some parts of Spain, that yearn for independence and you have a big, interconnected mix.

You probably have two sensible players and one that has a reputation as a bit of an opportunist.

In some ways it’s rather sad what has happened to Argentina.  Before the Second World War, it was much higher up the league of prosperity, than it is now. It just shows how bad government can ruin a country.

March 15, 2013 - Posted by | World | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I agree that Spain is too mature to throw a hissy fit over Gibraltar, not that it would not prefer to have the Rock back as part of its territory but the Spanish know about realpolitik and the “llanitos” are unwilling, at present, to swap allegiance.

    Argentina is a different case, a young country with a keen sense of grievance. Despite their appalling record with ill-treatment and ethnic cleansing of their native population,Argentines have the nerve to call Britain “colonial” over the Falklands, which had no native population (except the penguins and other wildlife) before the arrival of the “kelpers”. If Spain has an arguable case with Gibraltar, Argentina’s case with the Falkland Islands is in its own head and based mostly on myth and wishful thinking.

    The main problem with the Argentines is that they seem to have no ability to step back and view matters objectively and dispassionately. They have swallowed their successive governments’ propaganda on the Falkands dispute hook, line and sinker. Their governments have, of course, served them even worse than the worst of European governments, being either brutal dictatorships or corrupt family oligarchies – kleptocrats to a man (or to a woman with Botox-queen Kirchner), ruining their country’s natural resources, defaulting on and repudiating foreign debt, the list is endless. It is not only over the Falkands that Argentinian governments have sold the Argentinians down the river, it is over everything. Hence their childish thinking and their ruined economy, which should have been – in a young country full of natural resources – booming.

    Comment by Janice Mermikli | March 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Some Argentines seem to have an odd out outlook on life. look at the goings on surrounding Carlos Tevez in Manchester. What conspiracy theory will be dragged up, when he ends up in jail, as he inevitably will.

      I always think the Argentine attitude to their nation, was a few years ago, when I think FIFA had an on-line poll to vote for the greatest footballer of all time. It was going to won by the admirable Pele, but Argentina then voted to a man for that idiot Maradona and fixed the vote.

      Comment by AnonW | March 15, 2013 | Reply

  2. They don’t seem able to think straight and are blinded by prejudice and nationalism, with a generous sprinkling of victimhood. It is like having to deal with petulant children who always want their own way.
    By the way, I totally agree that Pele should have won the greatest footballer of all time poll, not the “hand of God” cretin Maradona.

    Comment by Janice Mermikli | March 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Argentinian footballers always seem to come with baggage, except for Messi.

      Comment by AnonW | March 15, 2013 | Reply


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