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What does the new Falklands ‘Islands Plan’ mean for South America?

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Over the past decade it is has become customary for a newly elected Legislative Assembly in the Falkland Islands to publish an ‘Islands Plan’. As there are no political parties in the Falkland Islands, all eight members of the Assembly are independents. Therefore there is no collective manifesto when elected to office. This has traditionally been addressed via a consensus-based Islands Plan. Read full article


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  • Think

    What does the new Falklands ‘Islands Plan’ mean for South America...?

    'Bout half as much of what the new Alto Río Senguer 'Department Plan' means for South America...?ío_Senguer

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 11:07 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Ricardito

    Before moving to Australia, I had to become very fluent in English and met a lot of people in the same situation. I guess the FI have a great business opportunity to create English training courses that come with the extra benefit of leaving in a English speaking country. I'm sure there would be many South American students willing to study English in the Falkland Islands. Just a non-so-random thought.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 04:01 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Roger Lorton

    It means ..... that the Islanders continue to exercise the self-determination that they have by right. Working towards their own future.

    A small quote from the then Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd, in Dcember, 1994 =

    “... the question of sovereignty is in effect settled. It may take years yet before Argentina recognises this fact. But the Argentine invasion in 1982 made it certain, I think, that the Islanders will not accept Argentine rule, and no one will in practice force it on them.”

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 06:25 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Conqueror

    It means....that the Falkland Islands have huge, and excellent, prospects. There being no political parties, the Government can concentrate on serving the people and avoid wasting time scoring party political points. In addition, the Government is close enough to the people that they can be told if they are getting it wrong.

    Naturally, the Govwernment has to take into account the military situation and the presence of military forces. Fortunately, but unsurprisingly, the Government can be totally confident that those forces are there for their benefit and the benefit of the people that they represent. The forces, after all, are not really any different than those that fought and died for their liberation. I doubt that te same can be said in any south american country. In addition, the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will be well used to fishery protection duties. Nice to see the arrival of the Airbus A400M tactical airlifter with its greater speed and capacity.

    With its fisheries adequately protected, the Falklands can also be assured that its gas and oil resources will also be adequately protected. The future wealth of the Islanders must be safeguarded.

    And with the recent visit of the supposedly bereaved “families” from 36 years ago, it was nice to see that the Government bussed them to the cemetery and then bussed them back. Rather than leaving them to wander about according to their whims. I do think that the Government could make that the norm. Anyone that wants to travel 1,189 miles from BA to “grieve” should be transported to the cemetery and then back to the airport. They have no justifiable reason to go anywhere else. No reason to let them wander around collecting “intelligence”.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 08:02 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • DemonTree

    Why don't they do some English teaching courses, with homestays? Sounds like a decent idea.

    Is that where you live? That county is bigger than Wales and doesn't have enough people to fill a decent sized town! Why are there so few people living in Patagonia?

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 08:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Some Argentinian politicians have problems coming to terms with reality...

    Argentine Foreign Minister Malcorra said that historically the Argentine position was not to acknowledge for this case in particular the “self determination of peoples”, because 'kelpers' (Falkland Islanders) are a transplanted population, not aborigine (MercoPress 10 Nov 2016).

    Falklands – Implanted Population:

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    One Aussie resident poster says...:
    ***“ I guess the FI have a great business opportunity to create English training courses that come with the extra benefit of leaving in a English speaking country. ”***

    An Engrish born, breed & resident poster says...:
    ***“Why don't they do some English teaching courses, with homestays? Sounds like a decent idea.”***

    I say...:
    Firstly..., Just the return ticket from Santiago to Malvinas will set one back some 1,000 €...
    A return ticket to Jackson Hole (Wy) can be had year round for around 800 €...
    A return ticket to Oxford (Oxf) can be had year round for around 900 €...
    A return ticket to Noosa (Qld) can be had year round for around 1,300 €...

    Secondly..., all the above mentioned places (except the Malvinas) have a perfectly organized “Engrish for Foreigners” industry in place..., with very high academic level and incredibly competitive prices...

    Thirdly..., juzt ask the core target group of such Language courses..., that is..., 15 to 20 years old, middle to high class, South American youngsters..., where they would prefer to spend some months of their sweet youth “learning Engrish”...

    USA..., Australia..., Engeland..., Uganda ...or the Malvinas...?

    Chuckle..., chuckle...

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • The Voice

    Twinkle, naughty boy, he's waiting for your answer…

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 01:16 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    Good point, the flights are way too expensive and don't even depart from a big city, meaning you don't even really get the advantage of shorter journey times. Do 15 year olds really go off to a different continent for months to learn English? I was imagining a couple of weeks.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    It ain't ONLY the airfare..., laddie...

    Where would YOU prefer to spend some quality time polishing your Spanish...?

    In Cartagena, Colombia....
    Quito, Ecuador....
    Cuzco, Peru....

    or Alto Rio Senguer, Argentina...?


    Apr 09th, 2018 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    If I was a teenager, then probably one of the first three, but it wouldn't matter which I preferred if my parents were paying. It would have to be somewhere in Spain since that is so much closer and cheaper (and safer, but even the US is very safe compared to Latin America). But flights to the Falklands aren't cheaper at all, let alone significantly so.

    How many tourists do you get in Alto Rio Senguer?

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1


    ¡Gracias por el “link”! ¡Nos ha confirmado que vive en la pura m----a!

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 06:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Ya mean in the whole A.R.S. department... or just the Metropolis...?


    Apr 09th, 2018 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Either. Wikipedia claims it has accommodations for tourists, so someone must go there.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Accomodation for tourists...?
    That must be the good auld Bety Jay ;-)))

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 08:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Red herring. It was the dinosaur country last time. Brook Street would be more accurate.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 09:04 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • DemonTree

    Dinosaur country? That sounds more appropriate, but what do you mean?

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 09:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BrianFI

    Argentina a beautiful country full of horrible, bitter and indoctrinated animals. Why would ya go and study Spanish there? They just speak slum talk anyway

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 09:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    ... Or there is also this newish place closer to me humble shed...

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 09:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Do you live right near Chile, then? It must be weird to live somewhere where the nearest coast is in a foreign country.

    Hydroelectric plant and wood-fired hot water... I suppose there's no grid out there at all. What did you do for electricity before solar panels became common?

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 10:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BrianFI

    WOW a shower and bath in a hotel room? I THINK if you are proud of that then you have very very low standards chuckle chuckle

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 11:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

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  • The Voice

    Last time Twinkle lied about where he lives it was Neuquen Province where the worlds largest dinosaur was discovered - most appropriate ;-).
    In reality its Brook Street where he hangs out consuming liquid lunches at the Running Horse. Thats why he sounds permanently pissed.

    Apr 10th, 2018 - 07:32 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • DemonTree

    My parents used to have a tilley lamp for powercuts. But what about appliances like fridge and washing machine?

    We do a big group camp every year and we used to use solar panels for power, but last year we had to bring a generator because the solar panels weren't enough. The fridge and hot tub are gas powered.

    When was that? He's always claimed to live in Chubut since I've been reading this site.

    Also, have you suffered any power cuts lately? I was thinking how much better the grid is compared to when I was young; even when the local substation caught spectacularly on fire, the power was only off for 20 minutes.

    Apr 10th, 2018 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Twinkle ostensibly posted from near a town which had a dinosaur exhibition about 18 months ago but, he was lying, he's operating on behalf of an Argie propaganda unit.

    Apr 10th, 2018 - 11:53 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Mr. DemonTree...

    Groundfridges and washerwomen..., of course... ;-)

    Apr 10th, 2018 - 12:47 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    Oh, is that why your neighbours insult you? Because they had to wash your skivvies in the past?

    Sure he is. And EB is working for the FCO.

    Apr 10th, 2018 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Beth

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Apr 14th, 2018 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse -1

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