posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 05:44 AM
reply to post by Kandinsky
I agree. Many islanders see themselves as Falklanders first, British only second. And that's despite the British government in 1983 bending over
backwards to improve their status from embarrassing, even unwanted, second class colonials to full British citizens.
What I truly grudge is that these islanders make little if any financial contribution to their own defence. But as with defence, other aspects of
their government expenditure is subsidised by everyone else in UK too. Even Thatcher recognised that the Falkland Islands are an economic basket case.
She's the one who gave them so much state aid. Their schools, hospitals etc ... all paid for by UK plc. Minor ailment ? Here, have a free
prescription. Get seriously unwell in the Falkland Islands and they'll fly you to South America, free of charge ... you'll be treated there free
too. You might even get flown back to UK. All free. Get to 17 or 18 years of age ? They'll fly you to UK to study at university here. All free. Their
road networks ... all free ... some roads so rarely used that they're best described as 20 mile long personal driveways than anything else.
Now that might be fine and dandy. But not when taxpayers in UK are expected to bend over and take it royally because our own finances are in a mess.
Perhaps we should all emigrate to the Falkland Islands, it's going to be the new Aberdeen after all, what with all this oil money they're expecting
soon. Oh. You can't. You can't just emigrate to the Falkland Islands on a whim. That's forbidden. It's not like a trip from Kent to Essex for us
British taxpayers, we can't just turn up there and buy a house because we feel like it ... the Falkland Islanders don't allow "immigration" unless
you've got a good reason to go there.
That's right. We pay for it all. Yet we can't even visit without permission.
And these ingrate islanders want YOU to pay for it all, until they get their oil. And even then no doubt they'll keep their oil money and we'll
still be left paying for their defence.
Hopefully once the UK is broken up by virtue of Scottish independence, the islands will then become an intolerable financial burden for the Rest of
Cut them loose. Let them fend for themselves, these ungrateful island people that they are. For once the Bandera Oficial de Ceremonia is hoisted up
the Port Stanley flagpole (again), they'll soon discover within a few years only that Argentina cares for them no more than the British ... and
ain't that the sad truth ?