Dear Ms. Kirchner, no one cares...

Christina Kirchner's calculation that she can resurrect her political legacy with the Falklands is laughable and sad at the same time

by Phoenix on 3 January 2013 10:17

Maybe Argentina's President should have words with the Police Federation if she's looking to cause an upset in British politics. She'll certainly find nowhere near the impact she's been seeking by advertising in one of the worst faring newspapers in the Western world.

Kirchner's calculation of course, is that by harnessing the liberal intelligentsia for her cause of 'decolonising' (read: colonising) the Falkland Islands, the British establishment will take note.

Well, there's an element of sound thinking to this, and it rests with the Guardian's impact on organisations such as the Foreign Office and the BBC. But it's wishful thinking to try and sway coalition government policy without first swaying the British public - and at this point in time the British public is certainly not in the mood to be led by the BBC, and certainly have never been by The Guardian.

As we know, it usually takes tabloid-type campaigns to have any impact on the public conscious, but handing over British sovereign territory against the grain of the will of a free people is hardly something a British tabloid will be seeking to support.

Kirchner of course, is no stranger to rabble rousing - it's just that she tends to rile them up in the wrong way. Many commentators today are asserting that her tantrums over the Falklands are simply a way to distract from the problems she is facing at home, but there's more to it than this.

The Argentinian President is led by a sense of legacy. She knows that unless she secures some grand achievement for her country, her memory will be that of cementing economic turmoil, nationalising industry, restricting the press, and causing mass protests against her shambolic tenure as President. Her memory will also live in the shadow of her husband, Nestor.

In trying to make the Falkland Islands her legacy, Kirchner has jumped the shark, as is common when you surround yourself with 'yes men' and engage in friendly diplomacy with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She has chosen perhaps the most illegitimate, historically spurious and gratifyingly difficult issue to confront the world with. The only path is toward further failure.

Today's new push for publicity on the issue should be the last thrashes of this angry poodle - and at least will be treated as such. The British government should steer well clear of becoming involved in a dispute over the matter. As for The Guardian - well, the free market seems to be dealing with that problem quite well.

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