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Falklands' Governor role increasingly moving away from an executive position

Saturday, May 10th 2014 - 07:30 UTC
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The role of the Governor has moved away from an executive position within the Falkland Islands according to Governor Colin Roberts, who only last week was inaugurated in the post. Speaking with Penguin News, the Foreign Office diplomat explained what he saw as his role, and how the position itself has changed over the decades. Read full article


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  • Pete Bog

    ”He added: “but it is also important that the Governor doesn’t take away the role of the elected members of the Legislative Assembly, it ought to be the people responding on most Falklands issues”.

    That's another Argentine myth nailed then.

    Admittedly you can't take away the human rights of the Argentines to fantasise and make up everything as they go along hoping that people don't possess a bullshit detector.

    May 10th, 2014 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Australia's constitution also evolved. Technically our Governor-General is our executive and the Prime Minister isn't even mentioned in the constitution.

    That's not how it now operates. That's the joys of having a constitution also based on convention and not constrained by some politically designed constitution that attempts to second guess every power hungry politician that appears.

    May 10th, 2014 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    It is early days but I think that Governor Roberts will make an excellent governor. It's good to see that he is using every opportunity to highlight the fact that argentina is going out of its way to “make life difficult for the Falkland Islanders”.
    Argentina's militant, uncivilised behaviour in attacking the Falklands whenever it can and applying trade and communication embargos needs to be brought to the attention of the international community on a regular basis and he Roberts is the man for the job!

    May 10th, 2014 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen


    I heartily agree with you!

    May 10th, 2014 - 07:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “That's another Argentine myth nailed then.”

    Like they would ever believe a word of this. The indoctrination is strong.

    May 10th, 2014 - 08:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • José Malvinero

    You have to fool the world saying that the squatters (who are British born in Britain) govern themselves “democratically” and do not so evident the presence of “governor” appointed for the remainder of the British “empire” from London. Cynicism in these guys impossible. Of course, the “governor” must remain concealed in the background without being seen to not show the world and the obvious falsity of what is experienced in the Malvinas Argentinas Islands. A I rest my case: the English government extradited the premier Turks and Caicos contradicting the “principle” of self-determination in the Malvinas suspending the Constitution and assuming the “legislative and judicial powers” in the colony, against the will of its inhabitants unlike the Malvinas themselves are different from the metropolis, of Afro-Caribbean origin. So are these immaculate “democrats” pirates.
    And of course, we are waiting for the Argentine (yes those democratic) elections to see if a more “reasonable” Argentine government that the current, regarding the “indisputable” rights of the British occupation of the Malvinas Argentinas Islands. And in that sense, nothing better to wish than Argentines acrecienten internal problems so they can not distract their attention about this uncomfortable niggle twice centenary. Of course, if we can encourage some extra problem that awkward country, we will do as we have done historically.
    This is what he says, in other words, this despicable guy that acts of “governor” of Malvinas Argentinas Islands but absolutely despises indisputable rights of the Chagossians to their land the island Diego Garcia.

    May 10th, 2014 - 08:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Oh dear Jose that is all so twisted and utterly wrong I am not even going to try to help you.

    Is that really what they teach in school in Argentina?

    No wonder you are all so messed up. I look forward to joining us in the real world one day. Be careful though, the culture shock is going to be intense!

    May 10th, 2014 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jwolf

    @ 6
    But the Malvinas Islands don't have an “English” governor, the Falkland Islands do. The “Malvinas Islands” can have any government they want. Where ever the “Malvinas Islands” are. It must be terribly confusing for people in a shit box third world country like Argentina to conceptualize someone at the top to actually devolve power and to let legislators do their jobs. When oh when will Argentines start worrying about the real critical problems their nation faces instead of obsessing over what's going on hundreds of miles off their shores? So easily distracted. How sad.....

    May 11th, 2014 - 12:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    #8 “The “Malvinas Islands” can have any government they want.”

    Yes they can, when argentina manages to find 'em.

    May 11th, 2014 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Argentina should be focusing on their own problems.

    May 11th, 2014 - 01:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FI_Frost

    @ 6 José

    As someone recently pointed out on here, describing the Falklanders as 'Squatters' is probably not that intelligent. In most countries, Argentina likely included, squatting laws usually have a time period of inferred transfered ownership in favour of the squatters - couple of decades at the most - when no successful action is taken to remove them.

    I think ~200 years is way above and beyond any challenge. Please don't feel the need to moderate your language, its comforting to hear; it just underlines your desperation and bitter acceptance of your lost cause. We feel your pain.

    May 11th, 2014 - 09:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @6 Don't have to “fool the world”. Most people are welcome to visit the Falkland Islands and see for themselves. Initially, Falkland Islanders might be a bit put out if you asked to see their birth certificates. Try making the same request in argieland. Might not survive. Jose obviously visits the Falklands frequently and can provide evidence of his assertions. But why waste time with such a long journey when he can wander round argieland and watch votes being bought by the representatives of criminal politicians? As he “rested” his case, why does Jose refer to something that happened 5 years ago in 2009? The Turks and Caicos Islands are, amongst other things, a UN Trust territory. The UK is the UN-accepted trustee. Where the standard of governance is unacceptable, the trustee has a duty to correct the situation. Self-government was re-established in 2012.
    Tell us, Jose, shall we re-establish our “indisputable” right to continue the peaceful settlement of the Falkland Islands by bombing argieland? Shall we work on the basis that every word uttered by every argie that attempts to maintain argie lies justifies a bomb. I make it that the relevant part of your rant justifies 83 1500lb bombs. How about that? Your criminal, nutty “president” could enable the complete destruction of argieland all by herself. Speaking as a straightforward, and honest, British citizen, I am tired of her obvious and continuous lies. I am tired of her voice. I am tired of her face. In your case, I am tired of the same things. And always remember the number of times we have beaten argieland. Just imagine what might happen if we really tried. Is “defamation” a crime in argieland? Just consider what might happen if you continue to defame our nation. Do you live in argieland? Or are you well out of the way in case we get really pissed off and the bombs start falling? Together with the various missiles. You really must stop lying publicly!

    May 11th, 2014 - 09:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @6 to suggest that it is clearly okay for southern Europeans to colonise South America but not okay for northern Europeans to colonise the Falkland Islands is clearly racist.

    When you make your 'squatters' remarks you seem to erased the fact that Argentina didn't colonise Patagonia until 1878.

    May 11th, 2014 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Porkchop

    @ 6 - You put in brackets when talking about elections, (yes, those democratic).. You mean the democracy Argentina has had for all of 30 years... Lol. You guys are playing catch up yet you try to talk about democracy as if you'd had it as long as the rest of us.

    No good writing so much when the BS sticks out from a mile.

    Silly Jose.

    May 11th, 2014 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monkeymagic

    The problem poor Jose has, is that when pointing out the unusual relationship that the British Overseas territories have with Britain....he fails to see that whatever democratic weaknesses there are, would be many thousand times weaker if Argentina had sovereignty.

    He points to the example of the Turks and Caicos islands, where the local governance failed and the order was restored with British intervention. This could theoretically happen on the Falklands too. It isn't likely, but in an extreme case it is possible that the islanders local government might, for a very short time, be superseded by the UK government, and the islanders are happy with this arrangement.

    Contrast this with Joses plan....where the local Falklands Government would be perminantly superceded by a Buenos Aires Government, in every case, totally against the will of the islanders.

    I wonder which is more democratic?

    So then we come back we always do...Joses 200 year old fantasy story.

    55 crew of the SS Sarandi arrived in November 1832, mutineed, raped and murdered. They were evicted in January 1833.

    Apparently, according to Jose, these were not squatters, but “Argentine authorities”, and the rightful owners of Falklands sovereignty.

    The fact that this six week period is far shorter than any of the genuine civilian populations of the islands, the British at Port Egmont, the French at Port Louis, the Spanish, or indeed the present population is somewhat confusing.

    I am sure Jose, who is clearly a bit thick...can make sense of his own argument, I am not sure anyone else could.

    May 12th, 2014 - 04:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @13 Brit Bob
    Totally agree on the racist comments.

    Just to add something, the Northern Europeans didn't 'colonise' the Falklands, because they had NO indigenous population!

    Nobody to colonise!

    Double moral highground then!

    Argie twats!

    May 14th, 2014 - 03:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “the English government extradited the premier Turks and Caicos contradicting the “principle” of self-determination in the Malvinas suspending the Constitution and assuming the “legislative and judicial powers” in the colony, against the will of its inhabitants ”

    So how many times has this ACTUALLY happened in the Falkland Islands then?

    I can tell you.

    It hasn't.

    Because the Falkland Islands do not , and will not govern themselves in an irresponsible manner it's never going to happen is it?

    You are too ignorant to note that pre-1982, one governor of the Falkland Islands got the chop (i.e. the Islanders requested him out) when he had withheld information on negotiations with Argentina with the UK from the Islanders. The Islanders complained and he was replaced.

    (See the Franks report).

    May 18th, 2014 - 09:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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