Since I’ve already tweeted that it annoys me, as a left-wing kind of person, that some people in the 1980s hated Mrs Thatcher so much that they opposed the most reasonable and fair war that the UK has ever fought, I thought I’d make clear on my blog that anyone who opposes it is pretty much evil.
I mean, seriously.
I hate Mrs Thatcher’s domestic policies. And she frequently gets slated for the Falklands War. But the former involved a concerted attempt to destroy the working class – which is a bad thing, and which is the thing we should hate her for. The latter is not – it’s one of the most reasonable wars the UK has ever fought.
The Falklands War involved defending a strange, odd outpost of people who spoke English, had red telephone boxes, and did A-Levels (obviously, they didn’t do university, because an island featuring fewer than 10m people isn’t going to have a good university….), and who’d been there for 150 years, and were unanimously convinced that they were all British and not Argentinean, from a dictator who was based in a country 100km away who thought that the island in question ought to be part of his country because, erm, it was nearby. Even though the Falklands had had British settlers on them for longer than his country had even existed.
If there’s a clearer-cut definition of “self-determination” than that one, I’d like to hear it. If there’s a clearer-cut definition of “we should allow the people under our defence to live the lives they want to life”, I’d like to hear it. And if there’s a clearer-cut definition of “you are pathetic, and anyone who backs your claim is a pathetic little wanker who just wanted to play ‘epater le bourgeouisie’ at Student Union politics, and you can all go and fuck yourselves”, then it’s anyone who opposes the Falkland Islanders’ claim that they’re, erm, British.
And if you even *think about* calling them the Malvinas when talking in English, then you’re a massive, stupid, bigoted eejit. Obviously, in Spanish you can call them what you like, in the same way that the French are welcome to call London ‘Londres’.