The public meeting to discuss the current voting system in The Falkland Islands and whether there was a need for constitutional change was held on Tuesday night in the Town Hall. The meeting was chaired by Councillor Summers with the following councillors also in attendance:- Councillors Halford, Cockwell, Cheek, Clifton and Edwards. Chief Executive Dr Michael Blanch was present as were approximately 30 members of the public.
A former Royal Navy Lieutenant and a former Von Graff Spee German petty officer paid tribute in a simple but moving ceremony in Montevideo to comrades killed in the River Plate sixty one years ago, during the first major naval battle at the beginning of the Second World War.
The Harrier jump jet aircraft which played such a vital role in the recapture of the Falkland Islands from the Argentines in 1982 is to be replaced by what the British Defence Secretary, Mr Geoff Hoon, has described as the best aircraft of its type in the world with the agility of a light fighter and the punch of a bomber.
Imagine how it would be if Buenos Aires woke up one morning to find a floating city its own size or bigger moored in the River Plate just outside the Darsena Norte. This is pretty much what happened in the Falkland Islands today, Monday, with the arrival in the outer harbour of Port Stanley (population around 1800) of the Celebrity Cruises ship Mercury,( population anything up to 3000, including 900 crew and staff members from 50 different countries.)