General Chat Thread, Falklands in General; If the Falklands want to stay British, they should damn well stay British. As a nation we have a pretty ...
8th February 2012, 10:18 AM #16
If the Falklands want to stay British, they should damn well stay British. As a nation we have a pretty good history of letting nations go their own way this last century (although admittedly it's cos we ruled so many in the first place ) so if the Falklands wanted to go Argentinian, they'd just have to ask. They don't, and so we have a duty to defend them.
Without wanting to drag the thread down, if it came to it, at least we'd be defending one of our interests for once. But I doubt it will; they'll just have to keep beating us at football and rugby instead.
8th February 2012, 10:19 AM #17
Im goign to belive my brother who is acivly serving on board... the Ship is a mess and is constantly breaking down, constant floods, fires and system malfunctions.
She was planned to go a few months back, but shes not anymore.
8th February 2012, 10:31 AM #18
Something like this ?
8th February 2012, 10:55 AM #19
God, I love a sheep in uniform
Originally Posted by difinity
8th February 2012, 11:01 AM #20
- Rep Power
Made in Britain.
Originally Posted by kevbaz
8th February 2012, 11:17 AM #21
I was just wondering who was going to be in this army of yours ? The Falklanders are mainly fishermen and farmers. Most of of the important jobs are taken up by workers on temporary contracts. My mum worked there for 4 years,.
8th February 2012, 11:32 AM #22
They'll be able to afford mercenaries.
Originally Posted by difinity
8th February 2012, 11:33 AM #23
Ah, when the world map was largely pink. Good days.
8th February 2012, 12:45 PM #24
Not really, no. It's certainly entered socialist mythology that the reason the Tories won the '83 election was the Falklands War, but the reason they won was that Michael Foot and the Labour party were so unutterably awful in every possible way. Thatcher didn't provoke the Falklands war in order to win an election, as a reading of her autobiography - and the history of the war - shows.
Originally Posted by Andrew_C
I think it should be up to the people who live there who runs their country. I also think that should apply to the UK, but ISTM that politicians aren't quite so keen on asking the citizenry of the UK that particular question.
Edit; I also happen to think that we should hang on to them.
8th February 2012, 12:49 PM #25
Yes, the truth is in a former leaders autobiography.
Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster
8th February 2012, 12:55 PM #26
It's rather easier to find in there than it is in Der Guadrian List Of Bad Fings Wot Fatcher Dun.
Originally Posted by Theblacksheep
8th February 2012, 02:06 PM #27
I can't remember the exact wording but there used to be a large poster in Stanley that said something along the lines of all Argentinians being welcome as visitors providing they accept that the Falkland islanders want to remain British.
The Argentinians have always wanted the "Malvinas" for the rich fishing grounds but naturally interest increased dramatically when oil and gas was discovered and this will further increase if it is proved that extraction is economically viable.
As to the aircraft stationed there, the Tornado F3s were replaced by Typhoons although I'm not sure exactly when.
EDIT: Interweb says that the Typhoons deployed in September 2009
Last edited by 36Degrees; 8th February 2012 at 02:10 PM.
8th February 2012, 02:12 PM #28
8th February 2012, 02:16 PM #29
I was going to list the other aircraft there and I'm glad I didn't as I'd forgotten about the Chinook!
8th February 2012, 02:19 PM #30
Victory in the Falklands was a pretty hefty symbol of British power, they won't just let it go. It will be interesting to see how a conflict would affect operations in the Middle East though.
I really hope they don't go to war as it really isn't fair on the people who live there. They already have to deal with landmines.
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