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

Wednesday, March 7th 2012 - 03:18 UTC
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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. Read full article


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  • Marcos Alejandro

    Another Englishman that arrived a few years ago. Did anyone voted for this government official?
    Congratulations Keith!

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 03:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brit abroad

    And your point is?

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 04:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    Self-determination in action - eat your heart out MoreCrap :-)

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 05:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    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?”

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    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.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Whats it got to do with you. Marcos?
    Mind your own business.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 10:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    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

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @7 Is she white? Because normally Argentinians push brown Bolivians under trains.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @8 No, but she was admiral of the fleet. :o)

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    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.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 12:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcelo Kohen

    When will be there political parties in the Islands? No parties system looks like one party system...

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 01:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    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???

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 01:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @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.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    When will be there political parties in the Islands? No parties system looks like one party system

    Lessons in democracy from the Argies :-))))

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    Ref 10,11 and 14. Olé

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI

    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?

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @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.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) & (13)
    DoveoverDover…..., I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    Ah, one of the usual suspects has been rounded up I see!

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    “Rounded up”?
    More like “drawn in” by the uncommon scent of common sense :-)

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @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?

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 08:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    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 :-)

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @21,22 Can you two go get a room? The bromance is getting sickly for everyone else. Thanks.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @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.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @24 you make it sound like someone is going to renegotiate something that was never negotiated..

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 10:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 22 And I always thought all Danes were cool, but you are the exception I suppose, you're really stupid.

    Mar 07th, 2012 - 11:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (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? :-)

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 05:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    C'mon Think, pay for the room.
    You're loaded.

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 06:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    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.

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 09:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    ...meanwhile in Argentina the president sheds her skin (

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 10:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Do you think she may be a reptilian? lol

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @30 “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 01:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    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

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @33 If I recall it's from the Sign of the Four... not a bad novel if you have a holiday coming up.

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Also from Sherlock Holmes

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 10:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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