Ever since a small section of land in the Antarctic was named as British there has been strong disputes with Argentina. Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, recently contacted David Cameron demanding back the ‘Las Malvinas’ (there name for the Falkland Islands).
On January 3rd 2013, Cameron made a firm statement to “do everything to protect the interests of the Falkland islanders” and that the islanders had shown a “clear desire to remain British”.
Fernandez believes that she has the world’s support and popular consent which could embarrass Cameron into negotiation over who owns the Falklands. However, Cameron sees this as the best way to start 2013, and with the flag flying above 10 Downing Street, and believes he can gain a lot of support as long as he does not cave in due to pressure.
Britain is currently enduring a time of poor economic performance, there are tensions over immigration, and questions being raised in public about our role in Europe. Good management of this situation could give new energy to the British public with a sense of pride that Cameron can take advantage of to win the electorate’s support.
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