Falklands Update

The British oil rig has arrived and is due to start drilling soon. And as well they should, since it’s British territory.

Argentina has threatened to take “adequate measures” to stop British oil exploration in contested waters around the islands, and is seeking support from Latin American countries at a regional meeting in Mexico.

They can harass shipping to some extent, but unless they get really crazy and get Chavez involved…well, sadly that’s a possibility since he and Kirchner are BFF.

The Islanders themselves are ready and able.

With a British-owned oil rig preparing to drill 100 miles off the coast despite Argentina’s attempts to disrupt exploration efforts, the view of Bill Luxton, a member of the Falklands’ eight-strong ruling assembly, was that “we just need to put two fingers up to them and say get on with it”. It was echoed by many across the South Atlantic islands.

Well, frankly I’d give just a one-fingered salute but these folks are much more polite than I am.

3 Responses to “Falklands Update”

  1. nightfly says:

    “Put two fingers up to them” is the British equivalent of the bird, I believe.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Aw, you are well-versed in the ways of the world, Nightfly.

    In my innocence I figured it was some sort of jaunty V-For-Victory kind of thing.

  3. mojo says:

    It is, only backwards. Palm towards you. “Up yours” is the intent.

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