Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Decision Time

There is quite an argy-bargy
going on in the South Atlantic
and although we have two wooers
that affair is not romantic.
On one side, the Argentines
have for ages been insistent
that they own the Falkland Isles
but the Brits are resistant
and rebuff the foreign claim.
The first sight, it’s almost cert,
in the year sixteen-hundred,
was by mariner de Weert.
One can argue that the islands
were discovered by the Dutch
but the link is very tenuous
and does not amount to much.
Now president de Kirchner
stakes new claims to Port Stanley
and although she’s a woman
her demands are rather manly.
This issue, most contentious,
should be sorted once for all;
the archipelago’s inhabitants
go, tomorrow, to the polls.
Yet I have got this gut feeling
that the debate will run and run
and there won’t be a resolution
when all is said and done.

© Luigi Pagano

Falkland referendum: Islanders vote on British status

Luigi Pagano is a regular contributor to ABCtales.com and UKAuthors.com
He has published three poetry collections the latest of which - ‘Poetry On Tap

3 comments:

  1. Good poem Luigi. The resolution will come after the two imperialist nations fight it out under UN auspices. This is my take on it because the UK taxpayer never got to vote on it.

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/01/05/las-malvinas-or-the-falkland-islands-the-ugly-face-of-british-imperialism-and-its-startling-cost/

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  2. Many thanks for your comment, John. It is my opinion that the question won't be settled for a while yet. Too many factors are against an early resolution. Chiefly among them is the question of national pride and the fear of losing face; the prospect of oil revenue; the ineffectiveness of the UN which dithers on many critical issues. I concur with some commentators who advocate a wooing approach to the islanders rather than being antagonistic. As for the economic argument, would the British protest at the costs considering the billions that are spent, some say wasted, on foreign aid?

    Best, Luigi.

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    1. No you're right Luigi. Most people would not protest. Most people are complacent. But there are some thoughtful writers on the issue. Craig Murray, former ambassador to Uzbekistan, for example, agrees with your approach of wooing the islanders. Unfortunately governments are fickle. They are not constant in their wooing, unfaithful you might say.

      http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2013/03/the-falklanders-have-the-right-to-be-stupid/

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