Friday, June 17, 2011

Argentina calls Britain "a crude colonial power in decline" over Falklands issue



Cristina Kirchner, the president of Argentina, has accused David Cameron of "mediocrity bordering on stupidity" over the issue of the Falkland Islands.

The Argentine leader then went on to lambast Britain as "a crude colonial power in decline."

Amid renewed tensions over the sovereignty of the islands, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Wednesday that they should remain British for as long as the inhabitants want to "full stop, end of story."

His comments provoked a strong backlash in Argentina, where Mrs Kirchner has until the end of next week to confirm that she will run for a second term when the presidential election takes place in October this year.

Despite her refusal to announce her candidacy so far, it is almost universally assumed that she will run with her populist policies on issues such as the Falklands seen as key to maintaining her high approval ratings.

"In the 21st century, [Britain] continues to be a crude colonial power in decline, because colonialism is out-of-date as well as unjust," she said. (read more)