Great Britain has gradually surrendered its colonies, sometimes peacefully and other times after conflict.
Two outposts of the Empire that seem forever locked to the UK are Gibraltar and the Falklands Islands.
Neither is located remotely close to the UK but both have populations that on the whole see themselves as British. They do however not want to come and live in the UK but would rather this country spends a fortune maintaining the status quo and plenty of people in the UK may agree; some will not.
The quandary of the future of the Falkland Islands is providing the torygraph or is that the Telegraph with yet another Labour and Jeremy Corbyn hitting headline Wednesday.
In an effort to portray Mr Corbyn as a die-hard protester who has nothing to offer modern politics they go for the title "From Trident to the Falklands, Jeremy Corbyn is still fighting the battle of the 1980s."
How wrong they are and how politically biased.
The fact that Corbyn has retained his lifelong principles, not ditched them to the first person with a big enough wallet, speaks oodles about the man and explains why he is supported by so many people and in some cases idealistic young people.
We noted "David Cameron hypocrisy regarding death of Nelson Mandela."
Times and people can and do change.
BBC News reported David Cameron's reaction to the news that Mr Mandela has died saying: "UK Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95. He said: "A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time." The flag above 10 Downing Street will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect".
David Cameron though did not always believe that Mandela was a great man.
Ahead of Mandela's death a quote on Facebook read [Peter Thomson] "Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and David Cameron on the Mandela bandwagon, remember that in 1985 he was a top member of the Federation of Conservative Students, which produced the "Hang Mandela" posters. In 1989, Cameron worked in the Tory Policy Unit at Central Office and went on an anti-sanctions fact-finding mission to South Africa with a pro-apartheid lobby firm sponsored by PW Botha. Remember this when he tells the world he was inspired by Madiba".
The Telegraph simply uses old news to further its aims which consist of undermining Jeremy Corbyn and aiding and abetting old Labour Blairites who do not like the direction the party is moving.
Now back to the Falklands.
Wednesday Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, on a visit to the Falklands, has claimed Jeremy Corbyn is a bigger threat to the Falklands than Argentina. He said "The biggest threat at the moment isn’t Argentina, it’s Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party who want to override the wishes of the islanders."
But that is the latest fuel for right-ring media scare-mongers.
"Labour said his comments were "silly" and that Mr Corbyn was committed to "self-determination" for the islanders. And Falklands Legislative Assembly chairman Michael Summers said he did not think Mr Corbyn was a threat."
This is the same Michael Fallon who as UK Secretary of State for Defence opted to use the Labour election leadership contest which involved Ed Miliband and his brother David to highlight what he perceives as back-stabbing qualities in Ed ahead of GE 2015. The same Michael Fallon in this story of "Mission creep, Fallon commits RAF tornados to another Iraq year."
Little wonder he is at odds with Mr Corbyn.
Corbyn prefers debate, peace and agreed solutions while Fallon prefers conflict, disharmony and verbal attacks.
Mr Corbyn is committed to "self-determination" for the islanders but has not ruled out sensible debate which could involve the UK and Argentina.
Wikipedia claims "In February 2016, the week after a leaked UN report had found the Saudi-led coalition guilty of conducting "widespread and systematic" air strikes against civilians in Yemen including camps for internally displaced people, weddings, schools, hospitals, religious centers, vehicles and markets - and the same day the International Development Select Committee had said that UK should end all arms exports to Saudi Arabia in light of ongoing, large-scale human rights violations by the Kingdom's armed forces in Yemen, Fallon was criticised for attending a £450-a-head dinner for an arms-industry trade-body."
That probably says it all about what motivates Fallon.
In 2013 the Guardian reported:
"The UK still has a major military presence on the island. At last count it was:
• 1,300 Service personnel plus around 50 MOD civil servants.
• Four Typhoon fast-jet aircraft
• VC-10 tanker aircraft
• Hercules C-130 aircraft
• Rapier surface-to-air missiles
• Frigate or Destroyer (currently Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to be replaced by Type
45 destroyer HMS Dauntless)
• Royal Fleet Auxiliary Gold Rover
• HMS Clyde permanently stationed in the region as Falklands Patrol
• Infantry company currently from 2 Scots
The cost has been rising, although the figures below do not reflect coming cuts in the MoD's spending."
As the population of the Falkland Islands declines sooner or later a settled agreement must and will be reached.
On Friday April 2, 1982 Argentinian forces entered the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The Falklands and South Georgia are sovereign lands of the UK and Great Britain responded.
A Naval task force was dispatched and a conflict followed. It was never called a war, but it was a war in all but name. It lasted 74 days, and almost thirty-four years on an uneasy peace still reigns. It may not last much longer though.
In the 30th anniversary year of the conflict other South American countries offered support to Argentina.
Since the 19th Century Argentina has claimed that the Falkland Islands are part of their country. The location of the islands is close to Argentina and many miles from Great Britain.
However Great Britain has historical rights over the Falklands and is loath to surrender them. The Falklands have strategic importance for the UK and there have also been mutterings about valuable resources.
That said there is nothing to say that in the future a negotiated agreement may not be reached.
Great Britain would probably react again should hostilities be instigated by Argentina.
Although the issue of sovereignty was not resolved after the last furore it was set to one side so the two countries could restore diplomatic relations and move on.
In 2012 there were rumblings from South America which suggested the issue of the Falkland Islands could flare up again. As if to add salt to the Argentinian wounds Prince William was conveniently stationed in the Falklands for around 6 weeks, early in 2012. As part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations Edward Duke of Kent visited the islands. He may only be a minor Royal but it would no doubt aggravate the situation further.
Falklands history here
From our archives:
Argentina Falkland Islands Oil
Falkland islanders vote to stay with the UK
Peru joins in Argentine Falkland argument with UK
Argentina accuses UK of Falklands militarisation
Falkland War hero decorated by Argentina and UK
David Cameron does hold a majority in the House of Commons, albeit a slender majority. If the Conservative party voted as one the vote would be won. In other words Cameron has failed to convince some of his own MPs that his 'plan' for Syria is real and will work.
The SNP hold a swathe of seats in the House of Commons, the Liberal Democrats have a handful of seats and UKIP, the Green Party, plus political parties from Northern Ireland and Wales all have some representation.
Labour occupy the biggest number of opposition seats making them the official opposition but if there is a free vote on airstrikes in Syria they are just one cog of the wheel.
In votes on military strikes politicians are often given a free vote enabling them to follow their conscience. The main political parties on both sides of the House could apply the 'whip' meaning MPs will have to vote according to the party line.
While some leading lights in Labour are said to be furious that Corbyn wrote to his MPs so swiftly Thursday at least one politician in that party is feeding the media.
Who is the real traitor to Labour?
Jeremy Corbyn is known for his anti-war stance but this writer has no doubt that he would step up to the mark if the U.K. was under direct threat or military action would achieve a good outcome.
Who can blame him for questioning the number of 70,000 Free Syrian Army personnel that Cameron claims are on the ground in Syria, and working together; people Cameron claims will work on the ground as allied forces bomb the country into near oblivion.
Syria is a complex civil war made worse by numerous terror groups operating in and around Syria. Some of those we want to support are called 'moderate rebels' but that is debatable.
When is a rebel a rebel, when is a rebel a terrorists and when is a terrorist a rebel remains an unanswered question with one possible reply when The USA says so.
Yes we must oust the death cult Daesh but will the UK joining military strikes make a difference to the pit come?
It will show a unified western presence, it will put us all in the mix for any post-war pickings; it will make us all responsible for rebuilding post-war but as we all know there is money to be made out of conflict.
Mr Corbyn has been leader of the Labour Party since September 12 and has consistently made headlines for the wrong reasons. That has not been down to him but rather a series of stories, including one calling him Jihadi Jez, aimed at undermining his leadership.
Labour is an aside in this story but sadly our media are making it the main issue.
Mr Corbyn's letter to Labour MPs follows:
David Cameron has said he will hold a vote in the Commons next week but only if he is sure of a win. Anything less will, he claims, send out the wrong signal to others abroad.