The Roberto Mancini Doctrine: End Argentina’s free ride

Argentina’s sabre rattling and bellicose rhetoric towards British – and global – interests merit further attention. Like Roberto Mancini’s decision to finally suspend Tevez, there comes a point where action has to be taken to confront such behaviour.

Kirchner shares more than the national shirt with Tevez
The Commentator
On 30 September 2011 12:27

Rather than witnessing a footballing spectacle on Tuesday night, Manchester City fans looked on as Carlos Tevez refused to come off the bench and help his lacklustre side reduce a two goal deficit.  

This is hardly the first time that the sulky Argentinian has thrown his toys out of the pram. Just last season Tevez walked out on the club and then stated over the summer that he didn’t want to play for them again, blaming rain, English cinema and a whole host of other factors local to the North West for his unhappiness.

But there comes a point that when you’re receiving a reported excess of £200,000 a week that the very least you can do is offer a fair rate of return in the biggest club competition in the world.

But then again, Tevez isn’t the only belligerent Argentine that’s receiving a fat cheque from foreign stakeholders. 

It just so happens that the government in Buenos Aires is also well versed in the art of financial deception, pretending to be a poor undeveloped nation in order to obtain funds from the World Bank and the European Union while remaining a member of the G20

This week the Taxpayers’ Alliance launched a campaign calling on the government to fight European Union-sponsored initiatives that send British taxpayers’ money to Argentina, a country that boasts of $50 billion in reserves

The main culprit is the World Bank. Despite being only marginally more credit worthy than the Labour Party, Argentina has received billions from the World Bank—even though the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), has repeatedly issued judgments against the country for failing to comply with its obligations. 

In fact, Argentina now accounts for “84 percent of all ICSID cases pending against G-20 countries.”

And yet this is about more than just Argentina playing fast and loose with international institutions and taxpayers. Despite genuine strides towards democracy in recent decades, Argentina is unfortunately now moving towards a much more centralised and authoritarian regime, while repeatedly threatening British citizens on the Falkland Islands

To put it bluntly, Argentina’s press has come under unprecedented attack by Cristina Kirchner’s regime, with the government attempting to quash opposition, even attempting to nationalize Papel Prensa, a supplier of paper for the country’s newsprint media. 

This move was recently dubbed as “a thinly veiled attempt to hush her (Kirchner’s) critics.” The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) President, Gonzalo Marroquín was just as damning, claiming that after a visit to the country “freedom of the press is in a state of deterioration in Argentina.”

Even in the fight against global terrorism, Argentina has come up short, with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) chastising the country for failing to make progress in their efforts to comply with global endeavours to prevent the financing of terrorist activity. In fact, Argentina’s efforts were so derisory that the FATF concluded that “substantial progress to improve the criminalization of terrorist financing has not yet taken place.”

Given that Argentina has offered to sacrifice the pursuit of justice into the murder of 85 people at a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in “exchange for renewing and improving trade relations” with Iran, the country’s ties to terrorism and other regimes, and Kirchner's sheer disdain for the Middle East peace process are clearly a cause for concern.

Argentina’s sabre rattling and bellicose rhetoric towards British – and global – interests merit further attention. Like Roberto Mancini’s decision to finally suspend Tevez, there comes a point where action has to be taken to confront such behaviour

The British government should immediately follow the path being laid out by the Obama administration and oppose more funding for the Argentinian regime, be it through their considerable pull in the World Bank or the EU.

You can follow The Commentator on Twitter at @CommentatorIntl. For more information on the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s campaign against more taxpayer funding for Argentina, visit their website or contact your MP.  

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