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Falklands’ 1986 referendum showed 94.5% favoured British sovereignty

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In the light of the referendum on the political future of the Falkland Islands scheduled for March 2013, Islander Eric Goss this week provided Penguin News with historical information relating to a Sovereignty Survey conducted in 1986 that revealed a 94.5% cent vote by Islanders in favour of British sovereignty. Read full article


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  • LightThink

    Poor Islanders have no any other chances under the constituted/deputed
    Governor .

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    LightweightThink - I suspect those 'poor' islanders are rather richer than you!

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink

    the riches at the Antarctica shores, so what is....

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander


    Try again in English, if you'd be so kind.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    3... As apposed to Argentinas riches stolen from indiginous natives by the Spanish and then RGs.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink


    Ask it to Spaniards not to Argentines.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    7... war of the desert??? Native clearances. stealing of the rest of the land mass that became Argentina?..think that one is down to the RGS. Can't blame everyone else for your crimes.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    woah Guys!!

    I think that “LightThink” is a BOT. you know, an AI computer hooked up to the press feed and then asked to comment on the story.

    There was another one on here a while back and guess what? that one made no sense either!!

    Best just to ignore it and hope it goes away...............

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @7Santa Fe,
    Didn't you know, NOTHING is ever Argentina's fault.
    lts always someone else who is to blame.
    They are as pure as the driven snow!
    One idiot on here said that it was the lndians fault that they were killed!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Wow, three people on the Falklands voted for Argentinian sovereignty!
    One went to live in Argentina.

    I guess the other two have, long ago, changed their minds.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    LightThink- and your point or problem is? That survey was run by outsiders totally independent of FIG and the Governor of the day.
    next year will see an independent internationally observed official referendum on the issue with a clear unbiased and unslanted question to answer favouring A or B. And open debate in advance with both sides having the opportunity to make their cases.
    Do you have a problem with Democracy?
    perhaps you could also list the Voting powers in Falklands Govt of todays Governors? - hint - you wont need a big piece of paper.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 11:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink

    Not only constituted/debuted Governor
    retains “” VETO “” power on Defense,External Affairs,Internal Security,Administration of Justice.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 01:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Searinox

    Yep they did a referendum before, and the world keeps telling they don't have self determination right...cauck

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 02:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sir Rodderick Bodkin

    The sooner we leave them be, the better. But sure, our government needs to divert attention from real problems so they'll keep pushing.
    Left or right wing, they use this for their personal gain.

    Oh well, i hope things change in a future so we can all get along just fine.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink

    7 ....... 12

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 02:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Pity you are still stuck pn your pre-82 scratched record.(ge-dum, ge-dum, ge-dum etc).
    The governor would only intervene if there was an extremist government voted in that changed the democratic system, which the Islanders complained to the governor about.
    That is most unlikely to happen despite your dearest wishes.
    Even if what you stated was reality, it is still a better choice than being governed by Argentina, who have to buy votes to get their president elected, and your president is not subject to questiontime. She rules like Tony Blair did, via press conference.
    If the Falklnds Economy was run by Argentina, it would take less than 10 years for the Argentines to destroy it completely and make the place a wasteland.

    That poor standard of government is not good enough for the Falkland Islands

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink


    what referandum !

    for all i know the Islanders have agreed with Britain on a new constitution to take affect by January 1,2009.which gives to Islanders self -government but final say to Britain by way of the Governor.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    LightThink - of course the UK has the final say on Foreign affairs and defence! - we are not fullt Independent- hadnt you realised that?
    As for the others- read again and you will understand that they are reserve powers - where he acts on the advice from the elected Govt and the likes of our Attorney general etc -
    Yes he can overrule that advice and act on his own- if he (and UK)( have reason to believe that the local Govt is acting against its electorate, corrupt, ete etc.
    UK has a responsibility to the UN Sec General as adminsitering power to ensure good fair open democratic govt in the Islands.
    Take a look at Aust,NZ,Canada - you will probbaly find there that their Governor general,s can also refuse to approve dodgy business.
    Now - are you going to tell me that they are not Independent either?
    You have a different Constitution dont forget.

    Tell me- WHO is the legal check- in the Arg Govt on your President getting up to dodgy finance deals etc etc?

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RICO

    Th3 Additional Survey on Indigenous Populations, published by the National Institute for Statistics and Census, says 600,329 recognise themselves as descending from or belonging to an indigenous people. The indigenous organisations do not believe this to be a credible number, because a large number of indigenous people live in urban areas where the survey could not be fully conducted and because there are still many people in the country who hide their indigenous identity for fear of discrimination.
    There was a constant failure to respect the National Constitution during 2011, along with the international treaties (such as ILO Convention 169, the UN Declaration, the Biodiversity Convention, etc.) signed by Argentina.

    Emergency Law 26160 on Indigenous Community Ownership, approved in 2006 and extended to 2013, suspends evictions from the ancestral territories and requires surveys of these to be conducted but, in practice, it has been ignored as dozens of communities have been evicted and surveys have been conducted in very few provinces due to the provincial governments’ opposition and the national government’s apathy.

    Only 48 of the 1,200 communities registered by the National Institute for Indigenous Affairs, INAI, have managed to get this body to pass the corresponding administrative resolution recognising the territorial survey once conducted.

    Throughout the country, calls for rights to be respected are answered with court cases and repressive action. According to a report on the “Human rights situation of the Mapuche people of Neuquén” published by the Indigenous Rights Observatory of that province, there are currently more than 250 community members being prosecuted through the courts. The slow progress made in complaints and lawsuits instituted by the communities in response to these actions is in stark contrast to the rapid conclusion of cases brought by other parties. This, along with judicial irregularities – which have given rise to requests for i

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 03:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    are these rg's really thick or what? Can't you get it, if the Falklands want to be independant we will back them to the hilt, provide defence as long as they require it and stand by them through whatever, as we do with all BOT's it's thier decision, get over it and do the world a favour....shut the fuck up your desperation is getting really boring and dare I say it EMBARRASING

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 04:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Ah, Mrs Thatcher, I miss her.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink


    dodgy finance ?

    leastwise you refer the recent “” Standart Chartered,,Barclays,,HSBC “”

    i have no idea if some Argentine officials have (or not)some connections with these banks.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 05:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    Mother Nature rock those islands, the sooner, the better.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 05:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Argieman

    To whom are they trying to prove anything with these referendums?
    Everybody does already know that islanders, which are already british, wish to remain british, who wants them not to be?
    Argentina claims the land, not the people. Islanders can be whatever they want to.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • row82 Please support the page, press the LIKE button and contribute to show your support to keep the Falklands free...

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 06:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lost1

    Please support this page aimed at promoting Britain's Overseas Territories...

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    Other solution not listed – 1.2%
    Argentine Sovereignty – 0.3%

    I bet with you, “other solution not listed” was meant to be chilean... so still 4x more Islanders prefer to become Chilean instead of Argentine, even Chile never had the aspiration to annex them.

    Argentine politics to seduce... what should we think about it? xD

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    LightThink - luckily Falkland islands Govt and officials dont either!(other than we all have personal current accounts there) Govt investments are handled elsewhere.
    There does not seem to be a “clean” bank these days I agree - luckily for us it was Standard Chartered USA who seem to be the smelly guys and not SCB London

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    1986...old news now, no? =)

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 06:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger


    “Argentine Sovereignty – 0.3%”

    That is something...

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 07:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    You've got a long way to go, Danyboy! lol

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 09:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @17 Pete Bog

    As in the recent case of the Turks and Caicos Islands where there were allegations of serious corruption within their government back around 2009 and their government was dissolved by the UK government.

    In this case ( the return to a full democracy will occur after an election (also presumably overseen by the Elections Commission) in November this year

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink


    i have a friend who is Dutch,(his wife Irish) 'son works for Standart Chartered UAE (Gulf) office as an expert...but i havent attain him to ask anythings about bank's regional countries affairs.
    probably assertions are true.....if it is true the problem is plaguesome for US.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 09:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • IAmMalvinas

    These referendums...are not democratic. There are no choices offered..
    What do the british living in Malvinas know about the continent? nothing ...but nazi propaganda, sorry, monarchy propaganda I meant..
    Go fool someone else...

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #33 What an interesting case, it seems independence, union with Jamaica or union with Canada(!) would all be realistic decolonisation schemes for this BOT...

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    Better BOT than BOTOX, I always say.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    35 ... No nazis in Falklands, Rg government welcomed / hid thousands of Nazi Scum after Ww2, what a proud history you have. dr Joseph Mengele remember him...

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 01:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    oh dear BK the green eyed monster again, take your phot of the botox queen and some tissues and give yourself a good seeing to. You hate losing a debate don't you? Next year you'll slip back into insignificence once the islanders vote by a huge majority to remain a BOT and rgenweener slips back into being a third world country because of your ignorance and blind loyalty to someone who will be living in a villa in Jamaica off ill gotten gains from the people who you supposedly support, but i dare say you'll be there wiping her and Tinmans arse and popping out for the odd mcdonalds for the fat boy

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 01:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Maximo would then become the first Elephant Seal to find its way onto a Jamaican beach

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    @40 lol

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 03:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #39 “who will be living in a villa in Jamaica”

    Maybe in the Turks and Caicos Islands of Jamaica by then =)

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 04:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor

    Why is uniting with Jamaica such a good thing in your eyes Mr traitorous BK? The people of that BOT have always wanted to be British and like the Falkland islanders they want to remain British. What gives you the right to 'hope' that they join with Jamaica, why would they?

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @ 20 RICO
    A bit of topic here in some ways, but I do think that the rights of indigenous peoples in S. America is going to be a much bigger issue in the coming decades, than it has been in the past.

    With much of the rhetoric used by Argentina today, being echoed in that debate.

    As we say in English “chickens coming home to roost”.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    So 0.3% voted for argentina obvioulsy a clear majority we will packmare ags then toodle pip :)

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #43 I didn't say hope. But Jamaica is closer than Canada and the T&C Islands were part of it before. Even Canada is closer than Britain of course. And from my reading of the political situation down there, none of the main parties want to be a BOT forever, the last government (which Britain prorogued in 2009!) was elected on a pro-independence (eventually...) platform

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 09:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @36BK Agreed.

    The Jamaican idea would seem best logically. I can't see the point of being part of Canada but it will be their choice. If there is strong enough demand from their population, I'm sure they will be offered a referendum on the issue.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor

    But thats the whole point Mr BK, despite being elected with a nationalist agenda the support for independence in that territory has never been high. Surely you as a fellow Brit and as a Scot would be familiar with this kind of situation?

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 10:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @47 I ought to just clarify my previous comment (lack of edit facility is a real pain)

    A change of status would only be in the people wanted it. The term “decolonisation” is really a throwback to 50 years ago IMO and a somewhat redundant word - it makes the assumption that the populace always wish to change the status quo. Sometimes they don't and that's why “self determination” is a more up to date and accurate word.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kelperabout

    Maybe the question this time round should have been “ Do these Islands belong to the Falkland Islanders” answer should always be YES ! Yes ! Yes !.
    “Do you think the Islanders should recognise Argentina”
    The answer should be NO ! No ! No !
    I could go on and on and on.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 01:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI

    @30 - Yes 1986 is old news, so are the debated events of 1833, but for some reason your “Queen” seems to think they are very relevant to today.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kelperabout

    I wonder just how much of Argentina is actualy owned by outsiders. Maybe if the Queen does own land there she should declare the rest . But bieng a democratic believer that would not be the case because by the same token Argentines have likely purchased land in England.

    What matters here is that we Islanders own not just the land but the right to live and work in our COUNTRY the FALKLAND ISLANDS and that right is upheld in international places which we will confirm next March again even though we do not need to because we Islanders already know what belongs to us legaly. This place is our home has been for a very long time. We did not steel it from anyone and likewise we will not let anyone steel it from us.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    Only 3,000 retards living in such islands clearly demostrated the british are not interested in having a bigger population....why?...brrrrrrrrrrrr the frigid islands scare the rubbish bloody english men....jejeje

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Gibber, gibber, squawk, cackle.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 06:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @24 That's about the fiftieth time you've posted that stupid phrase.

    Is this the “give peace a chance” Argentina that CFK alludes to?


    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob


    Better a Falkland Islander than an Argentinian any day.

    More wealth, better standard of living and better governance.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    Jejeje ...“more wealth” where are the high rise buildings, hotels, shopping centers?
    Oh, well, keep the islands you know where!

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kelperabout

    It is the uneducated just like you Argentines that are the ones who do all the crap comments on mercopress. No wonder your Country are still barbarians because you appear from your lack of knowledge to be still living in the caveman days.

    OR is it because all of you are so bloody jealous of just what we have in our Country. We are actually living in the present century with every bit of modern technology available to us. There are almost two cars per person. Everyone pretty much has mobile phones as well as access to the internet. We do not have unemp. We are rated as one of the top Countries in the world to visit , Argentina does not even come close to that . We don't trash each others homes as Argentines did when they so call came to liberate us in 1982. But above all we have a first class education system which is something Argentina has not otherwise we would not be seeing these deranged people putting such comments on any of the topics on Mercopress.

    To sum it up That is why we are where we are today. Argentina is so backward it is trying to drag us down with it. Time now to start growing up and move forward with the succesfull ones Argentina. If your people spent as much effort in putting your own house in order as you do slagging the Islanders Argentina would be today a great Country. But untill you start changing you will stay the same. Stuck in your lost world.

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    57 2012 (#)
    Sep 10th, 2012 - 09:45 pm

    I normally don't take any otice of your stupid posts, SussieUS, but this time I feel I must call you out on this one!!!!

    Did you know that the wealthiest country in the world has:

    2 high rise buildings
    0 shopping centres/malls
    6 hotels
    2 police stations

    Get a life SussieUS!!!!!

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 01:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 2012

    @59 Simon Zhivago and the rest of the UK team

    Las Vegas, NV USA 11:59 am
    I have the best life a single argentine woman can have: single, healthy, pretty, finacially secure and residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

    Now, is time for you Simon/Zhivago, Isolde Yensere-ly Skare and the rest of the UK team to drop dead!

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 06:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    So single now are we, what happened to the American husband then, eh.

    Simon68 is right, you need more of a life than slagging off “bloody rubbish old English people” in this forum.

    Just a suggestion, as you seem to get more wound up here than you vent anger.

    Sep 11th, 2012 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Raven

    Let Sussie have her fun, after all, she has just admitted ''I have the best life a single argentine woman can have: single, healthy, pretty, finacially secure and residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.''

    Not in her birthplace of Argentina, a country we are led by other Argentine posters to be a wonderful place to live.

    It can't be that good if ''the best life an Argentine woman can have'' is living in a foreign country!

    Thank you Sussie for confirming what we suspected all along :)

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 09:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    62 Raven (#)
    Sep 12th, 2012 - 09:08 am

    I must rush in to say that, although it is possibly not THE best place to live in, Argentina is a really nice place to live, at least Patagonia is.

    The only real trouble with life in Argentina is the politicians, especially the peronist politicians, who seem to have only one aim in life; to make as much of the population as possible unhappy!!!!!!

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kelperabout

    60 2012 (#)

    Las Vegas, NV USA 11:59 am
    “I have the best life a single argentine woman can have: single, healthy, pretty, finacially secure and residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.”
    So is that why you are living in USA and not Argentina.?

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Argie

    @28 Other solution not listed – 1.2% some said these were Jamaicans.

    Anyways I'm astonished that there was anyone mad enough to vote for Argentina.

    But, as Argieman stated on 25, Argentina only claims are for the land, not the people. As a matter of fact, some 15% of all the Argentinian population is not Argentine, but hold passports from various other countries, mainly those close to us, say, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile & Brazil. Many of these hold double nationalities, though.

    (T.I.C.) Falklanders can also choose to obtain a double nationality...


    Sep 12th, 2012 - 02:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Raven


    I read a report from Micheal Buerk on the BBC saying pretty much the same.

    The conclusions were Argentina is a great country, ruined by an inability to do politics well, or at all in fact.

    It seems a shame the populace can't see CFK and her crones for what they are so their problems remain.

    Rinse and repeat as the Americans would put it.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 03:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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