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Falklands debates full time lawmakers and how to attract younger generations to elected posts

Friday, November 30th 2012 - 18:50 UTC
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With the next general election for Legislative Assembly Members for the Falkland Islands Government less than a year away, public consultation has begun on whether the posts should become full time with an appropriate salary paid. Read full article


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  • Think

    Say.... £75,000 a year and honest working, rational Think would seriously consider taking the job.....
    I'll need a driver for the Landy too...
    Bog Monster would do...
    He's an ok driver...

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 07:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @1 I Don't Think aka Blind_Scottie_Kirchnerists Deputy

    I can recommend the excellent Oxford Pocket English Dictionary in order that you can understand the meaning of ‘honest’, ‘working’ and ‘rational’. I realise that this eminent publication may not be readily available in Argentina since TMBOA tried to have all book imports banned, but I am confident you can find the information on the internet.

    The words you should have used to describe yourself readily jump to mind. These are ‘dishonest’, ‘workshy’ and ‘irrational’ together with ‘liar’, ‘obfuscator’ and, of course, ‘The Turnip In Chief’.

    No need to thank me, I know you appreciate the Brits view of you.

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • emerald


    You forgot to say “ looser ” .

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 08:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (3) emerald

    - Q: What's a looser?

    - A: An Anglo that can't spell loser....


    Nov 30th, 2012 - 08:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • emerald

    Doug !

    I've read that there are more surveillance cameras per square mile in London than anywhere else......

    The opposite being true in rural Argentina is one of the things someone likes about it.

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    5 emerald

    I should lay off the drugs if I were you, I might understand what you are trying to say.

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 09:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    The trouble with that sort of wage is that a lot of good people aren't going to give up their current jobs to take such a cut in income. I'm not suggesting for a moment that I would be elected but I couldn't see myself doing the job for that sort of remuneration. Therefore the majority of people still attracted and capable of doing the job will be thoses that can already afford to do it under the current provisions.

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 11:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    1 Think
    Bog Monster? Are you talking about heavy Luxton?
    Remember, his occupation is “dust extraction” not driving

    Dec 01st, 2012 - 06:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Given that it is highly likely that the Falkland Islands is going to continue to develop the way it has in the last 30 years, it would seem the to be the logical thing to do. I believe it is called foreward palnning.

    Dec 01st, 2012 - 06:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    If we can draw any lessons from the past and present we might reasonably conclude that the best of the future generation candidates, particularly the EXCO material, are still in the UK or yet to throw in their lot with the Islanders.

    Dec 01st, 2012 - 07:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) Cmdr McDod

    Sometimes your posts have kind of a poetic dimension on them.....

    Has young McDod succeeded in “throwing in his lot” with a Kelperette yet? ;-)

    Dec 01st, 2012 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Maybe if they unbanned political parties I could move there and stand for the FpV =) No seriously I've no plans to do that, but unbanning parties would be good for democracy nonetheless...

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 02:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @11 My old friend OPSEC and a desire not to reopen old wounds prevents me from commenting.

    @12 I'm not sure parties are actually banned as much as everyone with a vote belongs to the virtual “Community” party. The super new FIG website says “No political parties are represented on the present Legislative Assembly, all Members being elected as independents. There is no formal opposition.” That implies that there is the possibility of party politics when the Community becomes diverse and large enough to support it.

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    Maybe they should get a group of young folk together and ask them what they want the falklands to look like once the old-guard have passed through the veil. Non-young folk seem to be notoriously good at changing nothing, young folk seem to be good at changing everything... there needs to be a middle ground that allows checked progression from what is essentially an agrarian society into something that is modern and prosperous, without ultimately furking all over what is important to you.

    How about setting up a non-partisan falklands youth council and letting the interested get involved in local governance early and then hopefully they'll keep involved once they've matured somewhat.

    With only old-folks and no youth, you have no change, with only old-folks and no change, you die miserably like british manufacturing in the 1980s.

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    14 Shed-time

    Interesting ideas and you're correct about getting some young blood. We've had a few young MLAs in recent years but unfortunately it didn't work out too well for quite a few of them. Some were unlucky to be part of one of the most unpopular (in the end) groups we've had in a long time so they are got booted out in 2009. Since then there have been some more but for various reasons they didn't realise longevity.

    You've only just arrived on Mercopress if I am correct. I can't place you as one of the old guard re-badged either, although I could be wrong. Care to tell us a thing or two about yourself and your interest in these news items? Only if it suits you to. This is not some sort of La Campora request. You'll be free to carry on if you choose not to respond.

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (15) Joe Bloggs

    You say:
    “I can't place you as one of the old guard re-badged either, although I could be wrong.”

    I say:
    You are wrong.......... Try GreekYoghurt....
    One of our best Sock-Puppets ;-)

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    @1, lol

    Dec 02nd, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    @16 I cannot be GreekYoghurt, as I don't even like tanning salons.

    @15 It's not unanticipated that the youth will become unpopular. Typically in local councils the youths have ideas like building a skate-park, sports centre or a youth-club and the slightly more ancient folks in the society think it's a dreadful idea because of all the noise that will stop them listening to the Archers in silence. Then they vote in some guy who is the same generation as they are and the sports centre money is spent on another war memorial or free wheelchairs. Then all the young people emigrate somewhere fun.

    Now, I'm not against free wheel-chairs, but one of the big issues in the falklands is keeping and attracting the youth, who in turn bring innovation. They need jobs and interesting things to do. They also need to feel engaged in the process. Even the jesuits realised that you need to get them early.

    My interests are simply as an observer looking into the sullied fish pond that is Argentina looking to see the fish screwing each other over and stealing from one another. It helps to remind me that nothing in life is that bad.

    Dec 03rd, 2012 - 02:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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