Wednesday, March 7th 2012 - 03:18 UTC

Keith Padgett, first Falklands’ government CE recruited in the Islands

Keith Padgett, former Finance Secretary and acting Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands government has been confirmed in the post by the local government acting in agreement with the Islands Governor.

The new CE has been working with the government since 2001

Keith is the first locally recruited Chief Executive and has a long record with the Falklands’ government. In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Financial Secretary and became Financial Secretary in 2008. Last January he was appointed interim Chief Executive while a replacement for the outgoing CE Tim Thorogood was chosen.

“I am delighted that Keith won this against very strong competition from overseas candidates. We needed to be sure that we found the best candidate for the job, and Keith was offered the position after a lengthy and rigorous selection process. The final stage was an interview with all MLA who were on the Islands at the time, and the decision was one that they all supported”.

The MLA chair of the month, Roger Edwards, said “We are pleased that the job has gone to someone who has worked his way up through the FIG system. We believe Keith’s appointment, against competition from very experienced external candidates, shows that there are real opportunities for talent to rise to the top in the FIG. We hope this will be an encouragement to all others in the service”.

In an interview last January with MercoPress, Keith said he would like to push forward the Economic Development and Tourism strategies that have been 4 years in the making and represent long-term strategic approaches to economic development in the Islands. Additionally he expressed his wish to remove some of the bureaucratic obstacles that seem to have mushroomed in recent years hindering progress and strategic thinking.

The post of Chief Executive to the Falklands Islands Government is a notoriously stressful one. Being responsible for the entire civil service and principle strategist for the development in the Islands requires tough decision-making skills combined with sensitivity to the Islands way-of-life, the ability to listen and acute political skills.

As in many small democracies, decision-making in the Falklands has an immediate and visible effect, which can lead to often contradictory vocal criticism and opinion from all sectors of the country.

Keith’s knowledge and familiarity with the Falklands is certainly a bonus for his performance in the job.

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1 Marcos Alejandro (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 03:54 am Report abuse
Another Englishman that arrived a few years ago. Did anyone voted for this government official?
Congratulations Keith!
2 brit abroad (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 04:17 am Report abuse
And your point is?
3 Lord Ton (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 05:30 am Report abuse
Self-determination in action - eat your heart out MoreCrap :-)
4 The Falklands are British (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:12 am Report abuse
1 Marcos

Yes Marcos, originally an Englishman, Keith was dragged from his home in Northern England by force and placed in the Falklands. He is held captive there and is part of a huge UK Govt plot designed solely to keep control of the islands as a strategic location. The UK's main objectives are to keep their stake in a claim over Antarctica, frustrate Argentina for the fun of it and exploit all of the South American oil.

Not only was Keith not elected (does Argentina elect its civil servants?) but he has been forced into years of medicated therapy aimed at completely altering his mind to a point where he can't really remember being kidnapped and dragged to the islands. You see, even as a young boy, Keith was identified as the chief executive to be appointed in 2012. Special agents have been grooming him for years; throughout almost his entire life. Instead of going to a conventional school, Keith went to a secret UK Govt school where, every morning, he would be forced to chant “the Falklands are British” for hours at a time. Eventually it was all Keith knew. Now 40 years later we have finally created a zombie Falklandista of our own.

Or, as Brit abroad put it at # 2' “and your point is?”
5 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:44 am Report abuse
Can I just say, there appears to be someone here (Marcos Alejandro) who has a deep psychological problems with English people moving around the world and even being in political office. He seems upset that Argentinian people cannot be involved in such a democracy.

I understand that in Argentina, selection for political office is based upon little more than your connections to the pseudo-italiano mafia that exists there, but it's not how we do it in the Anglosphere. We have morals.
6 lsolde (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 10:22 am Report abuse
Whats it got to do with you. Marcos?
Mind your own business.
7 stick up your junta (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:33 am Report abuse
Not that it has feck all got to do with you Marcos,anyway give it another 20 years and you will be old enough to be a Senator

According to Section 55 of the Argentine Constitution, candidates for the Argentine Senate must

be at least 30 years old
have been a citizen of Argentina for six years
be native to the province of his office, or have been a resident of that province for two years

María Eugenia Estenssoro is a Bolivian-born Argentine politician, journalist and activist for women's rights. She represents the city of Buenos Aires in the Argentine Senate
8 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:35 am Report abuse
@7 Is she white? Because normally Argentinians push brown Bolivians under trains.
9 ChrisR (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 12:16 pm Report abuse
@8 No, but she was admiral of the fleet. :o)
10 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 12:21 pm Report abuse
Congrats to Mr Padgett on beating off the opposition but, honestly, we sometimes don't help ourselves do we? I didn't recognise Mr Padgett's name from my time there so wasn't too surprised to learn he arrived after I had left. That's only 12 years ago, which is hardly a “long time” in the context of a disagreement that harks back to 1833. And as for “working his way up”! I know the FIG civil service is small but incomer Deputy Financial Secretary to Chief Executive via Financial Secretary in 11 years, really can't be described as working your way up or “a long record”. Mr Edwards will know that it wouldn't even qualify a Royal Marine for an LS&GC medal.

To draw on a Spanish metaphor, we do seem to like waving verbal red rags at Argentinian bulls. I'm surprised we only got the one pass this time.
11 Marcelo Kohen (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
When will be there political parties in the Islands? No parties system looks like one party system...
12 toooldtodieyoung (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 01:37 pm Report abuse
10 Doveoverdover

You are right, but then again, seems it's only Argentinian's who take issue with this sort of thing... Indeed, they seem to take issue with everything and anything that happens on the falkland Islands... Do you really care about what they think or say???
13 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:13 pm Report abuse
@12 I care about what they think, say and do because they have a tangible effect on the life and future development of the islands. It isn't only Argentina either. Other countries, for their own reasons, do take Argentina's side as some take ours. If the only exchanges from both sides are non-negotiable claims and unproven statements then there's going to be an awful lot of frustration with each other that will hold back progress still further.

And, I happen to have a fond spot for both the islanders, the Argentinians and the Chileans that needs occasionally to be scratched.
14 stick up your junta (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:14 pm Report abuse
When will be there political parties in the Islands? No parties system looks like one party system

Lessons in democracy from the Argies :-))))
15 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
Ref 10,11 and 14. Olé
16 M_of_FI (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
Hello there Kohen. I see your mind is struggling to come to terms with potential MLAs as independents. And what does Keith being promoted to CE have anything to do with the political process? He is a Civil Servant. You dont elect Civil Servants. Youre not the brightest are you Kohen?
17 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 03:45 pm Report abuse
@11 I fail to believe you have ever studied politics nor law and so I cannot believe you are who you claim to be.

Representative Democracy without political parties, contrary to what you believe is a far purer form of Democracy than those seen in many mature societies today. Without parties the Representatives are free to follow their beliefs and values, that are the main reason they were voted in to represent another group of people. There is no party funding, fed through to the 'Party Whip' who forces members of political parties to vote on a particular line defined by their sponsors, or lobbyists. Effectively unlike in some countries where every member of the parliament is 'peronist', the falklands has a system where everyone is an individual. That's a far purer form of democracy.

Learn some politics, kohen.
18 Think (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 06:46 pm Report abuse
(10) & (13)
DoveoverDover…..., I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
19 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:17 pm Report abuse
Ah, one of the usual suspects has been rounded up I see!
20 Think (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
“Rounded up”?
More like “drawn in” by the uncommon scent of common sense :-)
21 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 08:39 pm Report abuse
@20 Hey, it was you that started referencing famous lines from Casablanca but thank you anyway for your kind observation. Mrs Dod says that next time we are all in Pocklington we should meet up, perhaps at the Arts Centre?
22 Think (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:05 pm Report abuse

Would be an honor… But it’s highly unlikely I’ll be anywhere near Pocklington in the foreseeable future.

Anyhow, I did really enjoy your subtle deconstruction of this MercoPress article….

And I like the awesome silence you induce on the British (and Argie) turnips.

They don’t even dare to insult you :-)
23 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
@21,22 Can you two go get a room? The bromance is getting sickly for everyone else. Thanks.
24 Doveoverdover (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:43 pm Report abuse
@23. Great idea, we can use @22's profits from RKH's rise today to pay for it. While he's off making the booking, I'll try and think of something to write that might raise the level of discussion about CFK's visit to Chile and the renegotiation of the fishing agreement on the respective comments pages. It ought not to be too difficult from what I've read so far.
25 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 10:38 pm Report abuse
@24 you make it sound like someone is going to renegotiate something that was never negotiated..
26 xbarilox (#) Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:59 pm Report abuse
@ 22 And I always thought all Danes were cool, but you are the exception I suppose, you're really stupid.
27 Think (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 05:14 am Report abuse
(24) DoveoverDover

Meeeeeeeeeee paying the room???

With what RKH’s profits???

Yesterday’s meager 5% raise was only a rebound from the cataclysmic 10% fall from the day before yesterday…………... Remember?

You are a stingy fellow, you are!
Aren’t you Scot by any chance? :-)
28 lsolde (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 06:06 am Report abuse
C'mon Think, pay for the room.
You're loaded.
29 The Falklands are British (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 09:24 am Report abuse
Meanwhile the oil is getting closer and now that we have a stable CE at the helm of FIG and 8 MLAs who have just had a refresher course (OJT) on “Unstable neighbours and what to expect from them”, the future is looking lucrative and secure. Very secure thanks to KFC after the way she has hacked off the UK Govt in recent months.
30 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 10:13 am Report abuse
...meanwhile in Argentina the president sheds her skin (
31 lsolde (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
Do you think she may be a reptilian? lol
32 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 01:46 pm Report abuse
@30 “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”
33 toooldtodieyoung (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
32 GreekYoghurt

Are you quoting Sherlock Holmes now?

Or is that line from Dracula?

I know that line is from a film, I just can't remember which one...LOL
34 GreekYoghurt (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 04:12 pm Report abuse
@33 If I recall it's from the Sign of the Four... not a bad novel if you have a holiday coming up.
35 lsolde (#) Mar 08th, 2012 - 10:58 pm Report abuse
Also from Sherlock Holmes

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