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Falklands' stand visited by Foreign Secretary Hammond and MP Rosindell

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 09:14 UTC
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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, MP Andrew Rosindel and Charles Tannock MEP, were among several personalities that visited the Falkland Islands stand at the Conservative Conference which is taking place in Manchester. He was met by Falklands lawmakers Jan Cheek and Roger Edwards, and Sukey Cameron, head of FIGO, Falklands' government office in London. Read full article

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  • Student of History

    I am currently visiting in the North of England and while visited what was the old labour social club in Sedgfield Tony Blairs old seat , I had a very enlightening discussion with Some of the regulars. a group of about 18 complaining that they are going to to have to Vote Tory now that lunatic has been weaselled in to their party and they felt that labour is no longer the party they have supported some for over 70 years came as a real surprise as this is real labour heart land and in the past any labour canadate would be sure of their seat. listening to this group all previous sure things are very much up for grabs. The new old labour is a populist party with old failed ideas by and large which has been hijacked by the left was the general opinion.
    I mentioned the Falklands and one man said the day Corbon was voted in was the day he finished with the party he left some pals in those cold Islands and he would be damned if he would allow that to stand for nothing which received a very uncaratistic cheer and was very moving even for a non British person.
    As an outsider I am confident the Falklands are very Salford for many generations to come.
    Their is still a real pride in what those lads did in 82 and that honesty of a man laying his life on the line for his country For the good of the few as well as the many is a true testament to a people who believe even if it's inconvenient, even if some say it's hopeless they will still go into battle because it's the right thing to do this is how you make right the mistakes of the past by doing the right thing now and the right thing is a Free Choice for all BOTs no mater the cost.....
    Appeasement is only surrender by another name

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

    Despite being for a lot of policies that Corbyn is placing on the table, this is simply one thing I could never forgive him for. But the Tories have done more harm than good and we've all witnessed it happen. However, I truly believe Corbyn will eventually turn around and understand what it is he is fighting against. Wishful thinking, perhaps but a Prime Minister is very different to the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Opposition is very different to a simple MP.
    As he hasn't actually said a jot about the Falklands since being elected, I'll await to see what he says on the matter before judging. Then I'll give him hell.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Vote UKIP

    UK out of the EU :-)

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Liberato

    Wow, how emotional you british become talking about your polititians. How rude is Corbyn to think that some kind of dialogue must occur. Cameron is better, isnt he?. He is a lover of animals,.... specially little fatty pigs, he love to smoke one or two..... Or may be you prefer the kind gentlement of Blair, with his devotion for oil, in foreign lands, but local pockets.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 10:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    #1

    I used to frequent Trimdon Labour club about 15 years ago. Great news it is still open, I was under the impression it closed down about 5 years ago.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 10:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 Gibbed

    The Tories haven't done more harm than good.

    I've lived under 2 different Labour Governments. The 1st one was in the 70's. I still remember the Winter of Discontent, when there was a general strike. Bodies remained unburied, piles of rubbish in the streets, power cuts that went on for days, even weeks, and all because the Unions were trying to dictate about how the country should be run, demanded ridiculous pay rises, and a cut to the working week.

    Then the Tories were voted it. The country was literally on the brink of bankruptcy. What do you think happens when a country is bankrupt? It means that no public sector worker gets paid. It means no more NHS. It means no more Social benefits because it means that there is NO MONEY left.

    The Tories had to introduce some very unpopular economic measures in order to bring the UK back from the brink. They had to break the power of the Unions who were still trying to dictate how the country should be run.

    I remember the miners strike very well. I come from a poor town in the North West of England, that had nearly 50% unemployment. Yet our town, and the majority of people in our area didn't support the miners at all. We knew that the reason unemployment was so high is because the Unions had priced the UK out of manufacturing and the production of coal and steel, with their constant demands.

    The Tories economic policies worked. And the UK became successful. And when Labour took over in 1997 the country was in the black, solvent. Yet Labour squandered all the money, and borrowed and squandered and so on. That is why they can't be trusted.

    They are not fiscally responsible. I'm all for social policies but they need to be affordable, and being on the dole shouldn't be an alternative life style choice to working. The dole is meant to be a stop gap for those unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs, to see them though until they have another job.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 05:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @4 Liberato

    And Argentine politicians are, of course, honest hard working and decent citizens who are not guilty of personal enrichment? ¡Huevón!

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 06:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #6

    Oh please... Do you get all your information from the Daily Mail.

    “Yet Labour squandered all the money, and borrowed and squandered and so on. That is why they can't be trusted.”

    From 1997 - 2007 the UK economy grew more strongly than that of either Germany or France (i.e. the two most comparable economies). During the same period unemployment decreased and stayed below France and Germany. During the same period our debt (as a fraction of GDP) was essentially static and lower than France and Germany.

    If you don't believe me, just glance at the figures (turned into a nice interactive plot by the BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13361930

    Of course this all changed in 2008 when the GLOBAL financial crisis hit. The UK was particularly hard hit due to our reliance on the financial services sector (a reliance driven by Conservative policies in the 1980s). This crisis (the cause of which was not really in the UK) precipitated heavy borrowing (in large part to prop up our banking sector).

    When it comes to growing the economy, there is in fact almost no difference between Labour and the Conservatives - you can statistically demonstrate this by looking at the average growth rates during Labour and Conservative governments.

    The difference being that Labour created important social institutions (e.g. the NHS), had a socially liberal agenda (e.g. civil partnerships vs. section 28) and didn't ideologically dismantle social ownership (how much of our railways are now operated by foreign state railway companies?).

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 03:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @8 In the gutter

    “ The NHS was a bipartisan invention, agreed upon and accepted by both the Labour and Conservative parties.” From wikipedia NHS

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 04:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    #4 Liberato:“some kind of dialogue must occur. Cameron is better, isnt he?. He is a lover of animals,.... specially little fatty pigs”

    It's great that Cameron tried to speak to CFK to put her straight about the Falklands, But that would hardly make him a 'lover' of the 'little fatty pig' CFK.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 05:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gibbed

    4 Liberato

    Not really. The British regularly insult Cameron. As for Corbyn, CFK went straight in and congratulated his ascendancy based on her false claims for the Falklands. Nothing else. No other politics. None of his other policies. Nada. Nowt.
    Both Labour and Conservative has hundreds of policies for hundreds of different subjects. CFK has three - how to p**s off the Argentine people, how to p**s off the British people and how to p**s off the Falklanders.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Evil Colonialist Pirate

    I had the honour to visit the Falklands stand while I was attending the conference, and had the pleasure of speaking to Jan Cheek. A very nice lady.

    Oct 07th, 2015 - 11:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ezekielman

    Fact: Corbyn is a silly irrelevance as far as British foreign policy is concerned.
    Fact: The Falklands will remain free and independent as long as their people desire it.
    Fact: The British people will never forget the sacrifices made by our heroic troops to liberate the Falklands from the cowardly, corrupt, brutal Argentine regime.
    Fact: The mayor of Buenos Aires and presidential hopeful Mauricio Macri has said: “I never quite understood the sovereignty claims of such a big country as ours. We don't have a space problem such as Israel, for example”.
    Sr Macri needs to be very, very careful. Any Argentinian who dares to speak out about this farcical claim needs to watch his back. Next thing President Corruptina Kirchner will be announcing to the world that Sr Macri has suicided himself.

    Oct 08th, 2015 - 12:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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