Ditch the Falklands, says former Guardian editor

philc

Midshipman
On the day that we remember those that died in the Falklands this is what some over at the Guardian think.

Guardian

They would gladly stick up for those detained at Guantánamo, but don't think the Islanders have the right to live as they wish.
 

cadetsmum

Lantern Swinger
I thought things were getting twitchy down there again as there's supposed to be oil reserves around the islands...........
 
If some symbolic guy on £45,000 a year can't afford to live within 10 miles of Holland Park, why should he pay to make to sure that a subsidised six pack can keep their Notting Hill address?
What the hell is a "subsidised six pack". Is it a reference to these chaps, albeit symbolic ones, drinking habits or some homoerotic dream of their physique? Anyway, I always thought a "symbolic guy" was something we set fire to every Bonfire Night. Top marks to his proof reader, incidentally.

I think Mr Preston must be practicing for 1st of April next year. Sadly, I believe he is allowed to vote.



A picture speaks a thousand words.
 

lesbryan

War Hero
Passed-over_Loggie said:
If some symbolic guy on £45,000 a year can't afford to live within 10 miles of Holland Park, why should he pay to make to sure that a subsidised six pack can keep their Notting Hill address?
What the hell is a "subsidised six pack". Is it a reference to these chaps, albeit symbolic ones, drinking habits or some homoerotic dream of their physique? Anyway, I always thought a "symbolic guy" was something we set fire to every Bonfire Night. Top marks to his proof reader, incidentally.

I think Mr Preston must be practicing for 1st of April next year. Sadly, I believe he is allowed to vote.



A picture speaks a thousand words.
One word PILLOCK !!! :(
 
Isnt the guardian Liberal? Or is it the Independant?

If it is then it makes this attitude in the article less surprising. Foolish thing to print
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
It may come as no great surprised to some, but I actually like reading The Guardian on a regular basis. I have admired Peter Preston's editorial work in the past, and admire him as a diligent and experienced journalist. Those who form an opinion of someone purely based on their photograph are just highlighting their own inadequacies and narrowmindedness, rather than criticising the story itself.

However... I do agree that The Guardian has scored a significant and insensitive own goal here with this piece. Whatever the agenda (political or otherwise) they should've researched or canvassed it prior to publication - despite the column being named "Comment is Free".

It seems others tend to agree with the sentiment posted so far, including this article from the "Automonous Mind" blog:

Automonous Mind said:
"Peter Preston owes families of Falklands war dead an apology"

Never underestimate the capacity of the self loathing liberal elite to indulge in supremely distasteful and arrogant commentary. Why did Peter Preston pick today, Remembrance Sunday, of all days to publish this insulting article on the Guardian online?

On the day people fell silent to remember the sacrifice of men and women who died in the service of this country, this pompous prat serves up a piece called ‘Ditch the Falklands – It makes no economic or political sense to hang on to the Falklands, but no one will face the truth’. What a complete and utter prick this man is. He is an absolute moron. This is not the day to have a discussion about pounds, shillings and pence spent defending the Falklands after blood has been spilled to protect and uphold the self determination of the Falkland Islanders.

Some of those poppies and wreaths laid today at War Memorials around the world, including on the Falkland Islands, were to mark the sacrifice of the 258 British servicemen who died in the fight to retake this sovereign British territory from Argentina. Servicemen who endured appalling conditions to expel the invaders and free the British citizens who live there and absolutely wish to remain British. But to Preston on Remembrance Sunday it is more important to grandstand in the paper and try to appear profound by declaring that we should simply abandon the islanders for economic reasons – thus ensuring that the British servicemen who were killed, maimed and injured suffered for nothing. If any Briton should be abandoned it should be this washed up old hack.

It is hard to feel anything other than complete revulsion at Peter Preston. He is beneath contempt. I hope he didn’t dare show his grotesque face at a war memorial today, it would have been an hypocrisy of the worst kind. He couldn’t have been much more insulting if he had danced on the graves of those we lost. Incensed doesn’t come close to how I feel about this.

To resort to cliche, he is the kind of person who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. He owes an immediate, unreserved and grovelling apology to the families of those who died.
 

Merlin28

War Hero
sgtpepperband said:
Merlin28 said:
sgtpepperband said:
jockpopeye said:
Don't read the Guardian (it's full of shit), says Jockpopeye.
...but how do you know, if you've not read it? :? :wink:
The smell emulating from it
You read with your nose?! 8O

Then the same could be said about almost all tabloid media these days... :roll:
Agreed why is x-factor and such like shows considered news nowadays? I thought that was what the TV guide type mags were for?
 
Yeah its a heap of crap, although you do find yourself wondering if smashing the skinny bints back doors in would be an amusing experience :p

I tend to take all media outlets with a pinch of Salt. The only news provider I wont give any time to is the SUN. That filthy lies rag isnt worth the paper its printed on
 
sgtpepperband said:
Those who form an opinion of someone purely based on their photograph are just highlighting their own inadequacies and narrowmindedness, rather than criticising the story itself.
A fair point, perhaps. As a fully functioning Gridiron reader, perhaps you can enlighten me as to what a "subsidised six pack" is: no bugger else has so far.

I actually thought the picture portrayed very well the smug, self satisfied liberal thinker that this man clearly likes to impersonate.
 

Flagdeck

War Hero
sgtpepperband said:
X- what..?! :?
I believe it was a phrase coined by Harold Wilson in the late 60's to determine forces pay scales in comparision with civilian pay.
The X factor was an addition to forces pay to compensate for 'unsocial hours', 'unsocial environment' or anything that can't be compared to civilian working conditions.

But there again.... I'm just a smart arse ! :roll:
 
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