Wednesday, November 30th 2011 - 23:16 UTC

Falklands’ by-election already has a firm MLA, Ian Hansen for the Camp

The Falkland Islands are holding a bye election next December 15, one for each constituency, city and camp. However while the Stanley seat has several hopefuls, Ian Hansen as the only candidate for the Camp Constituency will gain his seat by default and without a clear mandate to shape his performance over the remaining course of this Government.

Camp voters are not satisfied with the road-capping program, points out Hansen

Hansen himself is unapologetic about the outcome and not altogether unhappy that he has been saved the need to embark on a round of arduous campaigning. Instead, he says, he is putting his efforts into discussing with his default electorate the issues that matter to them and to gauge the direction that he will need to follow over the two years leading to the General Election.

Ian is very clear that the reason for the perceived lack of interest in standing in the by-election is due to the very short notice – only 19 days – between Bill Luxton’s resignation and the deadline for handing in candidacy papers. At a busy time of years for farmers, the unexpected by-election gave them too little time to consider their options, talk to their families and get on the campaign trail, he says. He is adamant that those people who unsuccessfully voted for a single constituency in the recent referendum will be mistaken to think that it vindicates their stance in anyway. The general election in 2 years time will have a much wider range of candidates for the electorate to choose from.

With the current members half-way into their term Ian is realistic about his ability to bring new policies and strategies to the table effectively. “I am not going to change the world”, he says. His principle aim is to bring to bear his past experience as an MLA and to - for the most part - slot into the issues of the day. One area he wishes to bring to the fore is the current disagreement and considerable bitterness in Camp over the road-capping program, which many Campers regard as seriously faulty in its priorities. With two budget rounds ahead of him he aims to maximize the revenue available to help ease the transport issues in Camp. He points out that for FIMCO (FI Meat Company) to receive the support it requires, transport issues are going to be a major priority for the foreseeable future.

During Hansen’s last stint on Council he oversaw the Rural Development Strategy, which seems to have faded very much into the background since. He wants to help kick-start that back into place and believes that a 3-tiered strategy approach will be required to differentiate the needs of the East, West and Outer Islands. There will be no single solution, he says, that will adequately address the wide range of differing needs.

As for that thorny issue of Argentina, he is optimistic that the current Assembly will have some strategies on the table that are not widely accessible to the public and considers that he has the experience to contribute to any discussions on our relationship – or rather, situation – with it.

Hansen has worked in the past with three of the current Members: MLA’s Cheek, Edwards and Summers and is confident that he can create a good working relationship with the rest of the Assembly. In any case, following the vote for a new Stanley candidate on 15th December, he will not be alone. How the two newcomers change the dynamic of the current Council will be the subject of considerable speculation in the New Year.

By Janet Robertson – SeAledPR - Stanley

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1 xbarilox (#) Nov 30th, 2011 - 11:42 pm Report abuse
Finally, someone who is really different in a different way! Wish you all the best Mr Hansen, my family name is Hansen too, but I don't think we are related no no because I'm an Argentine, but good luck in everything you do!
2 J.A. Roberts (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 08:42 am Report abuse
Hansen and Argentine name? I don't think so...

So much for the Falkland Islanders being “implanted” Brits.
3 lsolde (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 11:03 am Report abuse
When l was a kid, Dad owned a house on Hansen street, if that's any help.
4 stick up your junta (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
Slap Shot - the Hanson Brothers Debut
5 Kipling (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
(The British document the S17111 (AS - 5728/311/2) dated September 17, 1946, was conducted by a British official and is in the Foreign Office in Britain. It was produced under the labels of “SECRET” and “CONFIDENTIAL”.)

A British secret document - the S17111 (AS - 5728/311/2) dated September 17, 1946 - severely questioned Davis and Hawkins versions as the “discovery” of the Islands. Out this possibility on the basis of the enormous differences between the descriptions of the two sailors with the actual conditions of the land, coasts and landforms of the islands. On the other hand, the Falklands were completely depopulated. The chronicle of Hawkins does not match the actual appearance of the islands with a great countryside, quite flat and inhabited temperate.
Strong Whale is accepted by historians, but did not take possession of the islands but simply landing for supplies of fresh water and fresh meat (several species of ducks). In 1580, Queen Elizabeth I expressed serious reservations about territorial claims based solely on findings.
1748. I add here the application submitted to King Charles III of England asking for authorization to the Spanish crown to send a British expedition to the South Sea as it was known at the time the South Atlantic, and seek Malvinas. Spain denied the requested authorization claiming its inviolable sovereign rights over them. Great Britain abides by the decision of Spain, in recognition of the legitimate Spanish titles.
1764. French Colonization by Louis Antoine de Bougainville. Above the so-called “first occupation” by the English who comes two years after the arrival of Mc Bride at Puerto de la Cruz of the Falkland establishing a clandestine naval base at Port Egmont on the island Trin - Para el Soldado Chamame
6 Papamoa (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 03:12 pm Report abuse
Good Luck to Mr Hansen, I do hope he can push thru his policies in the two years that he has available and a road building program is badly needed in camp.
7 Be serious (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 03:50 pm Report abuse
5 You could bore for any Nation you care to choose. Yawn.
8 xbarilox (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 04:00 pm Report abuse
@ 2 I don't understand your comment. Try again.

@ 5 Are you an Argentine?
El combatiente olvidado
9 Kipling (#) Dec 01st, 2011 - 11:40 pm Report abuse
u are not a nation, u are part of the UK Common Piratery all around the world. I recommend looking for no risk sovereign land. Hong Kong is waiting for you.
10 xbarilox (#) Dec 02nd, 2011 - 01:00 am Report abuse
@ 9 yes, they are a nation, because they share ethnicity, language, etc, but they are not a country, at least not an independent country, but the UN always find a way to twist the meaning of things depending on what their interests are :)
11 Redhoyt (#) Dec 02nd, 2011 - 02:52 am Report abuse
Kippers - you are talking rubbish. No such documents exist. Provide your sources please.

No permission was requested in 1748. Utter cr*p.

“ 1748 – George Anson’s, ‘A Voyage Round the World’ is published. The Admiral uses the book to promote his argument for the establishment of British bases in the South Atlantic and South Pacific.

Admiral Anson, persuades the Earl of Sandwich and the Admiralty, to send two sloops for the purpose of surveying the Falkland Islands, before moving on into the Pacific Ocean.

The Spanish court is informed and immediately protests.

The mission is postponed, ” .. for the present, and without giving up the right to send out Ships for the discovery of unknown & unsettles Parts of the World.”

Britain’s envoy to Spain, Benjamin Keene, describes the Spanish view of exclusive rights to distant seas as being, ‘whimsical’...”

12 JustinKuntz (#) Dec 02nd, 2011 - 12:55 pm Report abuse
#11 I have the text from the response in 1748, let me know if you want it.
13 Marcos Alejandro (#) Dec 03rd, 2011 - 12:29 am Report abuse
#12 Get a life.
14 Redhoyt (#) Dec 03rd, 2011 - 03:00 am Report abuse
Please Justin :-)

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