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Jeremy Corbyn and the Falkland Islands

Tuesday, September 15th 2015 - 04:51 UTC
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Patrick Watts was broadcasting at the time of the Argentine Invasion in April 1982. Patrick Watts was broadcasting at the time of the Argentine Invasion in April 1982.
“Corbyn had the audacity to describe the dispatch of the Task Force as: 'A Tory plot to keep their money-making friends in business'”. “Corbyn had the audacity to describe the dispatch of the Task Force as: 'A Tory plot to keep their money-making friends in business'”.

'Following the controversial election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the British Labour Party, the Daily Mail published, on Monday 15th September, the following letter which was written by Patrick Watts who was Head of Falklands Radio 1977-1999 and who was broadcasting at the time of the Argentine Invasion in April 1982.'

 Given his long-standing reputation for fraternizing with the 'enemy' I'm not too surprised that Jeremy Corbyn did not have the courage: 'to answer when pressed by SKY News interviewer Adam Boulton whether he would have taken Britain into the Falklands War' (Daily Mail 04th Sept.)

He has been a long-standing and outspoken opponent of the British Government's recovery of the Islands from illegal Argentine invasion and occupation in 1982, despite the then Labor Leader Michael Foot supporting the mission.

He had the audacity to describe the dispatch of the Task Force as: 'A Tory plot to keep their money-making friends in business'.

Corbyn has frequently, and against the wishes of the inhabitants, called upon the British Government to negotiate with Argentina over the sovereignty of the Islands.

As recently as March 2013 when an Internationally recognized Referendum was held in the Falklands, Corbyn was the only British M.P. to attend a so-called Pro-dialogue Conference in London, which was no more than a propaganda exercise organized by the Argentine Embassy in an attempt to deflect the impact of an overwhelming vote of 99.8% by the Islanders to retain their British sovereignty.

At a Latin America Conference in London in 2013, Corbyn reportedly hugged and kissed his friend, the Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro, as she delivered her usual tirade of incorrect historical facts (there was NO Argentine population expelled in 1833) and aggressive rhetoric against the British Government's commitment of non-negotiation over the Islands.

It is strange that this man, who purports to be a strong supporter of Human Rights, appears to steadfastly ignore the desire and rights of the Falkland Islands population who wish to remain British.

Patrick J. Watts MBE
Head of Falklands Radio 1977-99
Stanley.

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  • HRH Liz Windsor

    The need to be noticed, outspoken political ideals, there are always a few who will embrace the extremes of politics. Whether he ever considered he would be in the position he finds himself now, we shall never know.

    His role as the 'appeaser' will come back to bite him and his party. It will be interesting to see how much control the Labour party has over him and whether he will be quite so willing to talk with the 'others'. Easy when you are on the fringes of politics to make bold statements, but as the Libs found out, being in government, means you are playing with the grown ups.

    'It is strange that this man, who purports to be a strong supporter of Human Rights, appears to steadfastly ignore the desire and rights of the Falkland Islands population who wish to remain British.'...They are white and British citizens, perhaps if they were anything but British and were physically fighting the UK for their independence he would support them. But the fact they want to remain linked with a country that he so despises for it's past/politics/future or what ever it his he seems to have a problem with, he thinks them not worthy.

    Sep 15th, 2015 - 06:57 am 0
  • Skip

    Hmmm HRH Liz Windsor?

    Someone should check up on honourifics.

    Unless the Queen has been demoted to Princess recently.

    Sep 15th, 2015 - 08:48 am 0
  • Roger Lorton

    Apparently to become a Privy Councilor, as he's agreed to be, Corbyn will have to kneel before the Queen ...... now if there happens to a sword around it would be a pity to miss the opportunity of a good swing :-)

    Sep 15th, 2015 - 09:11 am 0
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