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Falklands' MLAs confident they can 'educate' UK politicians who have swallowed the Argentine story

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 06:33 UTC
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MLA Short said that if Corbyn is successful in the Labor leadership election he is going to do that party an awful disservice...” MLA Short said that if Corbyn is successful in the Labor leadership election he is going to do that party an awful disservice...”
”We have to meet with these people and put them right… give them the truth rather than the perception”, said MLA Jan Cheek ”We have to meet with these people and put them right… give them the truth rather than the perception”, said MLA Jan Cheek
MLA Phyl Rendell said , “we should take it very seriously”. MLA Phyl Rendell said , “we should take it very seriously”.

Falkland Islands elected lawmakers believe that the election of MP Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Labor would be harmful for that party, but anyhow they are confident that as happened before, they can 'educate' detractors who argue that Britain and Argentina should negotiate over the Falklands.

 During last Monday's public meeting in Stanley a member of the public asked if members of the Legislative Assembly, MLAs, were nervous about a possible leadership by candidate Jeremy Corbyn, and his 'cohorts' opinion on the Falklands issue and dialogue.

MLA Gavin Short said: “I think his view though is a very small minority. I also think that if he is successful in the Labor leadership election he is going to do that party an awful disservice ...we will of course do our best to educate him. We will robustly attempt to educate him.”

On the subject of educating, “detractors,” MLA Roger Edwards said he and MLA Jan Cheek would be heading for the Party Conferences, which take place late September early October “to continue that education. We have to meet with these people and put them right.. give them the truth rather than the perception.”

MLA Cheek said she would also be attending an event at the Scottish Parliament.

“Certainly among delegates there’s not a great difference between the approach taken by Conservative and Labor people that we meet. The ones that needed the most persuading I found in recent years are the very young Liberal Democrats who had swallowed the Argentine story hook, line and sinker“, said MLA Jan Cheek.

“But they are on the whole intelligent young people and when given the facts they go away and think again.”

MLA Phyl Rendell said it was a good point and, “we should take it very seriously”. (Penguin News).

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  • Brit Bob

    The great Malvinas myth exposed: https://www.academia.edu/10490336/Argentinas_Illegitimate_Sovereignty_Claims

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 08:20 am 0
  • Voice

    Oh dear oh dear....giving opinions on UK politics and politicians...
    Now there's a stupid mistake...
    Especially when it's a certainty that he will lead a party that could eventually hold the fate of the islands....
    There will never be a referendum on the subject it will be a simple deal behind closed doors....all one politicians promises of support will mean nothing....

    You think....your version of events will change peoples opinions....you are deluded...an expensive white Elephant that is more trouble than it is worth...is not an opinion, it's a reality.....
    A liability Time Bomb....

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 08:40 am 0
  • Redrow

    @Voice
    While it is higly likely Corbyn will soon lead the Labour party, it is unlikely he will still lead it by the time of the next election. And even if he did, the electoral mathematics of the next election will see his party go backwards. Boundary changes will lose him seats in the North, he will win few Scottish seats back and according to LabourList, 80% of the voters he will need to win over voted Conservative this time. Rather than winning over such voters he will in fact lose more as was the case in May in the Midlands marginals. Labour thought it would sweep these up but instead the Tories increased their majorities in those seats. After Blair, came Brown then Miliband, each to the left of the other resulting in cumulative swings from Labour to Conservative in 2005, 2010 and this year. 2020 will see a continuation in this trend under Corbyn.

    And even if Corbyn somehow overcomes all that (which he won't) it would be imposible for him to hand over the islands as it could not get through Parliament. Our PMs are more powerful than Presidents when they have votes but can be sacked in the morning when they don't. Lobbying Labour MPs at party conferences won't do any harm though frankly I would expect Tory backbenchers to bring up the FIs at PMQs more regularly now though as they will enjoy seeing Corbyn laughed at every week which is precisely why the Parliamentary Labour party will move to get rid off him sooner rather than later.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 09:10 am 0
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