Margaret Thatcher’s home secretary from 1983 to 1985. His family said he passed away last night in his London home following a long battle with cancer. Adding: “We shall miss him enormously.”
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Thirty years ago, on this day at 8:30 am, a place called the Falkland Islands ceased to be British, after Argentinian commandos landed there to ‘reclaim’ it as theirs.
No one had heard of these islands and they appeared as remote as the outer Hebrides, so when the then British PM Margaret Thatcher sent a task force to save the people from the dictatorship of Galtieri.
Some thought the nation had gone mad.
Thankfully, the outcome came to this nation’s favour, because even in their depleted state the armed forces of Great Britain are still highly professional, and because British statesmen skilfully played the rivalry between Chile and Argentina to this country’s advantage. It was never a foregone conclusion and those who fought will tell you that Britain was very lucky – that is the nature of war, which why you never enter a conflict unless it is absolutely necessary.
So what was Argentina thinking of?
Mature, adult nations settle their dispute through negotiation not invasions.
Argentina says the islands is historically theirs – Britain has held them since 1832, and there was no independent Argentina then, and the current inhabitants of that south America state also speak Spanish, which means they are as much colonists as those English-speakers who now live on the Falklands.
It never needed to come to war, Britain is very good at talking about things that it no longer needs, ask China and Spain.
Had Argentina waited they probably would have got them.
Now, they can just dream of reclaiming the Malvinas.
What are we to make of David Cameron’s decision to use the veto in a proposed EU treaty change – a return to the days of spendid isolation, or just the latest reckless action of an inexperienced prime minister?
Polls suggest the British public are behind him, and he clearly has the Eurosceptics delighted – and some in Europe may have even seen the ghost of Margaret Thatcher in the room, there again I keep seeing a poster of Meryl Streep posing as her on the tube to Bayswater so they are not alone there.
When Cameron entered Downing Street, he made the country aware that the first phone call he took was from the US president – Europe, and India were to follow in that order.
India was not impressed with him during his visit to New Delhi, despite his verbal attack on Pakistan, she reminded him thatBritain was no longer her master and should adjust herself to this reality.
So, Cameron – along with another very vain figure namely that of Nicolas Sarkozy – launched a war against Libya, a sustained bombing campaign that led to the brutal execution of that country’s leader.
We still don’t know the long term consequences of that conflict, as we don’t know of how Britain’s verbal attacks on China will play out, any more than Cameron’s decision to stick his foot into those negotiations over a change in the European Union.
Either way, we all need to be consulted before he goes off and does something else.