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“Hands off, Tories will never sell out the Falklands”:Hammond's message to Cristina Fernandez

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 07:35 UTC
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UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has issued a firm hands-off warning to Argentina by insisting the government will “never sell out” the Falkland Islands. The Foreign Secretary insisted the “bullying and harassment” against the Islanders must stop, adding it is counter-productive and “shameful”. Read full article

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  • Clyde15

    Well. I think that sums it up.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 08:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    Thank you, Secretary Hammond.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Did you NOT hear? Argentina stirs up Falklands row despite Britain's 'hands-off' warning
    ARGENTINA has turned a deaf ear to Britain's 'hands-off' warning over the Falklands - by encouraging 11 of its allies to back their claim to the disputed islands
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/609935/Falklands-Argentina-Britain-dispute-Philip-Hammond-Daniel-Filmus

    First we have Spain taking the pixx
    Then Argentina,
    Then Jamaica,

    Who’s next.
    What straw will break this camel’s back,
    And reap the backlash.

    .

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kelperabout

    No Country in the free world has any right to dictate ownership over any territory against the wishes of the people. Why is it so necessary to try to claim another's territory just because they think they can. It is time the inhabitants of the world stopped war mongering , greed and dictation to each other and lived as god intended . Is that such a lot to ask. What makes people so desire to destroy the lives of others? Maybe it is time we abolished Religion because all it seems to do is bring greed and war upon the free living.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Remember that CFK does not want The Falkland Islands she wants the 'grievance'.

    Still it is good for the wider world to know the how despicable CFK is. Shameless.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 12:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    It's the Tory Conference and the usual opportunity to have a go at the opposition using whatever pawns that are available....
    watch for it....
    ...here it is...
    ...”whatever the Labour leader says, this Conservative government will never sell out the Falkland Islanders.”

    Like no Government has ever done a U-Turn...
    and always keep their promises...

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 12:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I wonder whether there are any British supporters of Corbyn who get on here? If there are they should be very worried. If Corbyn were to get into power, he would immediately abrogate the first responsibility of every British government to defend the realm and its people.

    Islanders can use Google to look up “Corbyn Falkland Islands” and read the responses of members of the armed forces that, unlike Corbyn, were there. Probably the most famous being Simon Weston. Corbyn's ludicrous assertion that Margaret Thatcher was sending unemployed men to the Islands to die for her. Does any Islander that was there at the time recall any British troops moaning that they'd been dragged off the dole to visit the South Atlantic? Stuart Cardy, who was a member of the Parachute Regiment, has pointed out that he had been a professional soldier for four years in 1982. And carried on until 1991. The truth is that Corbyn is just a rabble rouser. The Labour Party is desperate. It thought it was going to win the 2015 general election. It didn't even get the second prize of seeing its stalking horse, the LibDems, return to coalition.

    The general view is that Corbyn will be lucky if he lasts two years. He's certainly made the Labour Party unelectable as a government.

    @6. It's certainly true that no-one should ever trust Labour or the LibDems. Who “protected” the UK by opening the migrant floodgates? Who created the “benefit” culture? Who gave away Britain's justifiable rebate of EU contributions? Who undermined the whole of British culture by forcing through the criminals' charter called the Human Rights Act? You can look up the LibDem treacheries yourself.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 01:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    Well it's not like he said anything UK governments haven't been saying for years and the Labour Party has said the same thing. It's only the Labour Party Leader's personal view that is potentially different and his views are quickly changing on many issues as he realises he isn't just throwing rotten tomatoes from the back benches now.

    Thank you UK for your continued support.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 02:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    And so say all of us!

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @8 So very true. It is easy to hold the values of a hippy and make unrealistic, populist promises when you believe you we never have to deliver them. No one was more surprised than Corbyn to find himself leading the Labour Party. He has had to back track daily on his views.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 06:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Hammond delivers stern warnings over Gibraltar and Falklands
    http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=36596

    Delivered a firm warning to Spain yesterday
    With a robust message to Argentina to end its “shameful bullying and harassment” of the Falkland islanders.

    let me clarify something for president Kirchner of Argentina - whatever the Labour leader says, this Conservative government will never sell out the Falkland Islanders.”
    Jeremy Corbyn would risk the sovereignty of Britain’s overseas territories.
    The Conservatives will never betray you
    Said Mr Hammond.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    .

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    “The bullying and harassment to which the Islanders continue to be subjected is shameful...”
    I am moved to bountiful tears...thank you Mr. Hammond!
    We can sleep well know.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bongo

    @4 kelperabout

    Yeah, all this “Love your neighbour” business that evil religion pushes is truly detrimental to free living humanity.

    Maybe it's time we abolished atheism, then we'll never have another Stalin, Pol Pot or Kim Jong Un.

    As for Hammond, his words are reassuringly strong, provided he's always willing to back them up.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 07:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Its very simple, if we give up the Falklands to Argentina, we give up all of the BOT's , as none will be safe again and they will all be seen as up for grabs by any expansionist nation with proximity

    Unless you are prepared to defend what is yours, you don't deserve to have it and we should be telling Argentina that we will defend the Falklands conventionally and nuclear..

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    and Gibraltar

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Well said, Hammond and Fox. You are helping maintain the UK's credibility abroad.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 12:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Mr. Hammond
    Counter-productive and shameful is to steal money from Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @17 Marquitos Alejandrito

    Malawi? What on earth has your tiny mind discovered from your atlas? Is Malawi in the South Atlantic?

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 05:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    ”The bullying and harassment to which the Islanders continue to be subjected is shameful - it's counter-productive, it's wrong and it must stop. “

    Well said!

    ”He added: “While I'm speaking Spanish, let me clarify something for president Cristina Fernandez Kirchner of Argentina....”

    I doubt if it matters what language the message is couched in - he is dealing with a bunch of despots who are suffering from an acute case of paradigm paralysis. They only understand the language of strength, they prey on those they perceive to be weak and cower before the strong.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 10:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Yesterday Mr. Hammond stated

    And we are read it,
    You have been WARNED.

    Today on the other hand.

    RT @TommyFinlayson: Violation of Gibraltar waters 'Inexcusable' Says @PHammondMP but what are you doing about it? This took place today http://t.co/BpsMa0dheZ

    Or here.
    http://t.co/BpsMa0dheZ

    inactivity encourages the devil.
    .

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 10:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    @17 Marcos

    If you actually tried reading the report about Malawi you would see that it is about £37 million aid projects going over budget because of corruption and theft of equipment by Malawi residents.
    I suspect Google translate is not up to spec.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #17
    See Darragh's post above. How much does Argentina contribute in aid to Malawi.

    Also look at .wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_Malawi_Partnership

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pcIV

    “Hands off, Tories will never sell out the Falklands”

    and how the f*ck can they sell out something that it is not theirs.
    it seems this cara de forro can't understand that las islas malvinas son argentinas.
    from every point of view.

    what can you expect from somebody with that face anyway, eh?

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 05:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #23
    It would be interesting to see YOUR face. At least I am sure your mother loved you..

    Can you answer my post at #22

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    #23
    It would be interesting to see YOUR face. At least I am sure your mother loved you..

    nah, the mirror would crack. if he looked into it.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @23
    “can't understand that las islas malvinas son argentinas.
    from every point of view.”

    Except the view of the people who live there and were born there.

    According to your logic Santa Cruz belongs to the Falklands because Falkland Islanders from Goose Green settled there before Argentina (as the native people don't count according to Argentina).

    Also get your butt out of Ushuaia -it was founded by the British and as the native people don't count according to you Spaniards, you'd better get your sorry asses back to Buenos Aires were you can enjoy your all day siestas.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    22 Clyde15
    Please ask “darragh” if he knows how much money Mr. Hammond made as a “consultant” for the government of Malawi and please don't be paranoid.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 03:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @23 pcIV(aka as paulcedron)

    Cara de orto podrido - how did you manage to get back here under another title?

    Boludo!

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CKurze30k

    “and how the f*ck can they sell out something that it is not theirs.”
    Same reason you can claim the Falklands when they're not yours.

    “it seems this cara de forro can't understand that las islas malvinas son argentinas.”

    If you can prove that, you'd have no problem taking the case to the ICJ, the *only* court capable of deciding sovereignty claims.

    The truth is, you can't. “Las Malvinas son Argentinas” is a lie, just like your lies about the expulsion of civilians from the British Falklands, and your other lies regarding our territory.

    We'd get along a hell of a lot better if you stopped lying.

    “...from every point of view.”
    Except that of the truth, and it is the truth that matters here - hence why you'll never gain possession of the Falklands.

    “what can you expect from somebody with that face anyway, eh?”
    We wonder the same thing with your president.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 08:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Great_coral_aTrolL

    @26

    Funny, you think there are “all-day siestas”?

    OTOH, I have talked to several hostel owners, and UNANIMOUSLY all say the most lazy bastards to crash in are British youth (though apparently nice chaps, compared to the Israelis which are universally loathed). Just so lazy they can't be bothered to turn on heating if it gets cold, and have to walk somewhere to do it.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 09:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #30
    An other explanation is that they are inured to cold weather so it does not bother them.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    To the people of Gibraltar - as long as you want to be British, no matter what intimidation, bullying and threats you may face, we will stand by you,
    And they are at it AGAIN.

    UK protests over survey ship incursion today

    A Spanish survey vessel attempted to deploy sonar equipment in British Gibraltar territorial waters on Monday evening, The Convent confirmed last night.

    The oceanographic survey vessel Francisco De Paula Navarro, operated by Spain’s

    Ocenographic Institute, entered British waters unlawfully alongside a Guardia Civil rigid-hulled inflatable vessel.

    http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=36613

    And the British government said=??
    And did=??

    Until the next time ??

    PS’s, perhaps man of the moment Putin could help.

    WATCH: Farage mocks 'pipsqueak' France before UKIP leader takes aim at German refugee plan
    http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=36613
    well worth the watch.
    .

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 07:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pcIV

    the “people of gibraltar” (lol) are the same kind of squatters, illegal occupants, thieves of land if you want, as the kelpers or bennys.
    thats why nobody recognizes them as a nation, country or sovereign state.

    they have less entity than the romanian gypsies who occupy park lane.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 08:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @33 cara de orto podrido(paulcedron)

    Just go back to the hole you having been hiding in for the last few weeks. Idiot child!

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 08:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @30
    “Funny, you think there are “all-day siestas”?”

    Why, do you actually do some work then?

    If so, why are Argentina always borrowing money rather than working their way out of one financial crisis to the next?

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 10:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ezekielman

    According to Transparency International, Argentina is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and its corrupt president, Cretina Kirchner, tries to hide her criminality behind the Falklands issue. Kirchner has turned Argentina into the Zimbabwe of Latin America and as her catastrophic policies inflict more and more damage, she has tried to brainwash and distract her people with the “global cause” of 3,000 British people living in peace and contentment hundreds of miles from her failed country. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad for the millions of starving Argentinians.

    Oct 08th, 2015 - 12:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    36 ezekielman (#)

    Well said Sir, and you are correct, she is trying to drum up their bogus claim as a distraction from he own appalling governance.

    But people do get the government they deserve!

    Oct 08th, 2015 - 07:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Great_coral_aTrolL

    @35

    Check the debt figures and then come back and tell me which country borrows more, and will never repay it either.

    (paying debt to access more debt is not a correct answer, btw)

    @36

    Paco is a bad guy.

    Oct 09th, 2015 - 12:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @38 Tobias

    Yes but the UK PAYS back its debt.

    Argentina doesn't.

    That is why the UK's credit rating is AAA stable and Argentina's is SD negative or junk bond status.

    Given your lack of understanding about economics, Tobias, it's not really surprising that you don't understand about credit ratings. It's not about the debt, it's about the ability and willingness to pay it back.

    So if you are able and willing to pay back your debt, then it's easier to get people to loan you money, because they KNOW you'll pay it back with interest, so it's a safe investment. This means that UK borrowing costs (or interest rates) are low.

    Now if a country had a history of defaulting on debt, and refusing to pay back what is owed in full, then it's harder to get people to loan you money, because they KNOW there's a strong risk that you won't pay it back. This means that Argentina's borrowing costs (or interest rates) are high. Added to that is the fact that no one, no even your 'buddies' the Chinese would lend you money unless Argentina accepted the jurisdiction of a foreign court in case of any dispute.

    Your government eagerly signed all the deals, eagerly signed away Argentina's sovereign rights, so any dispute with the Chinese would be settled in an English court.

    Must really hurt your pride (though what you've got to be proud about is anyone's guess) to know that no one, not even your so called 'friends' and 'saviours', the Chinese would trust you as far as they could throw Argentina itself.

    And despite all of it, the Falklands are still British, and Argentina is getting poorer day by day, and the people of Argentina are living in squalor and poverty, with children starving to death, and the government of Argentina is laughing all the way to their off shore bank account with your money.

    But because of your misplaced 'pride' all you do is cheer them on. How pathetic are you, Tobias?

    Oct 09th, 2015 - 05:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ezekielman

    39 LEPRecon
    A perfect summary of the state Argentina is in. When you look at its history of constant, remorseless decline since the Thirties, you have to conclude there will never be any improvement while the people allow corrupt, criminal, cowardly politicians like Kirchner to rob them of their rights and their wealth.

    Oct 10th, 2015 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    The UK will be returning the Malvinas within the next 25 years.

    Oct 12th, 2015 - 01:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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