The Serialisation of “Return to Bomb Alley – The Falklands Deception” – Part One

Why wasn’t it reported … 90 per cent of Falklands land was owned by absentee landlords in the UK, and that Falkland Islanders were actually working tenants? How ‘paramount’ were their interests?


If we cast our minds back to 1982, does tooling up and travelling most of the way across the globe at huge expense to rescue a forgotten outpost still feel like a noble undertaking? Or is it all feeling rather hollow? Have the long-liberated Falkland Islanders and their sons and daughters suddenly forgotten us? We’ll explore this question later.

Also, in 1982 – strategic value aside – were the Falkland Islanders’ interests ‘paramount’, as Thatcher kept claiming, or were somebody else’s desires secretly to the forefront?

Few people are aware, but a tiny, vanishing minority of Falkland Islanders actually owned the land they lived and worked on. Back then, practically 90% of Falklands land, including the vast sheep farms, belonged to the UK-based Coalite Group PLC (40%) and absentee landlords (50%), most of them resident in the UK.

I’d imagine Coalite Chairman Ted Needham and many of these landowners would have been dyed-in-the-wool Thatcher supporters, residing in Tory heartlands, and following the Argentine invasion, were super-keen on lobbying for a task force to be raised urgently – whatever the potential pitfalls – in an attempt to recover their stolen property portfolios.

Whoever did the pre-war cost / benefit analysis, before concluding it was worth our while venturing most of the way across the planet to recover a small number of anonymous UK landlords’ frozen, windswept properties – along with their tenants – must have been either living in cloud cuckoo land, or acting fully in keeping with a concealed, party political agenda.

I would suggest the former AND the latter…

The UK BBC, popular media and newspapers curiously failed to cover these largely hidden interests during the heat of the conflict in 1982 – and still haven’t achieved any openness or transparency on this 40 years later.

How could that happen?


“There’s no shame in admitting you were bamboozled – all of us are from the earliest age. The dignity comes from knowing better, and resolving to never allow yourself to be fooled in the same way again” –

Mark Devlin

https://paulcardin.substack.com

Here’s the links where you can purchase the eBook and printed versions of “Return to Bomb Alley 1982 – The Falklands Deception”:

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-912680-81-8
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-912680-82-5


Paperback on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912680815


Ebook on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09WJD7PVZ


Universal ebook link: https://books2read.com/u/4ElOXl


Part TWO: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/03/29/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-two/

Part THREE: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/03/30/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-three/

Part FOUR: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/04/01/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-four/

Part FIVE: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/04/04/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-five/

Part SIX:


Part SEVEN:

Part EIGHT: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/04/12/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-eight/

Part NINE:

Part TEN: https://wirralinittogether.blog/2022/04/23/the-serialisation-of-return-to-bomb-alley-the-falklands-deception-part-ten/

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