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Falklands : THE FALKLAND ISLANDS ARE NOT ‘GRANT IN AID’
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 15.11.2010 (Article Archived on 13.12.2010)

Personally I think Mr Preston, whose article in the Guardian entitled ‘Ditch the Falklands’ written on Remembrance Sunday is an affront not only to the 252 British Forces and 3 civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 Conflict with Argentina, but also the people who had to suffer under Argentine occupation during that time.

THE FALKLAND ISLANDS ARE NOT ‘GRANT IN AID’

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (FINN)

 

Personally I think Mr Preston, whose article in the Guardian entitled ‘Ditch the Falklands’ written on Remembrance Sunday is an affront not only to the 252 British Forces and 3 civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 Conflict with Argentina, but also the people who had to suffer under Argentine occupation during that time. 

 

He owes Falkland Islanders a huge apology for getting it wrong.

 

The Falkland Islands are not Grant in Aid.  We lost that status in 1988 at the set-up of out fisheries industry; and began paying our own way.  As a British Overseas Territory we have the right to self- determination and internal self government.  All British Overseas Territories have these rights – not just the Falklands.  The only areas – I stress it is for all British Overseas Territories and not just the Falklands – where the remit remains with HMG is defence and foreign affairs.

 

Mr Preston, can’t just drop the Falklands without obliterating the rest of the British Overseas Territories.  Add to this the Overseas Territories’ Constitutions – all individual ones – and dropping them would be a recipe for confusion and anguish for these areas enjoying status as British Overseas Territories.

 

You just can’t abolish all British Overseas Territories with a single stroke of the pen and Mr Preston’s opinion isn’t the only one out there.

 

Most Falkland Islanders have worked hard to own their own homes and to become financially secure.  We have a vibrant private sector and are looking forward to the time when we can pay for our own defence and perhaps help to offset some of the costs incurred by HMG during the Falklands Conflict.

 

In short, Mr Preston, we are NOT a drain on HMG and look forward to contributing – at our own volition – to defray costs that were incurred on our behalf in the past.

 

 

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